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Bishop's Palace

1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
+1 409-762-2475
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The Bishop's Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop's Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“audio tour” (99 reviews)
“stained glass” (59 reviews)
“own pace” (62 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
+1 409-762-2475
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went here looking for an educational stop on the island. this house, originally built for the Gresham family, was very cool. We could only see 2 stories, and chose the self guided tour, but we were there for hours. The ipods they give you...More

Thank ferret538
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have viewed this beautiful palace for many years having owned a property and cabin west side of the Greenhorn Myself. I would suggest that a visitor take this ture and see what one man constructed himself. He had a sad lossyears ago but is...More

Thank netahenry
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty o!der home with a varied history but we enjoyed Moody Mansion more. Liked the audio tour better than the guided tour we took years ago.

Thank JustUsTwo0814
Reviewed 1 week ago

No matter how many times you have been to the Bishop's Palace, you just can't visit Galveston without stopping in again. The architecture is magnificent and somehow you always see something you missed the last time. The cherub faces in the woodwork and artwork are...More

Thank JoyfulEddy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I will start this by saying, I love old architecture-but this house is crazy beautiful! The docents start you in the basement-which is very interesting as it used to be the kitchen, servants quarters, and laundry-and then take you upstairs to the main house. It...More

Thank Kathleen H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bishop's Palace in Galveston, Texas has played an interesting role in Galveston's history; having survived the 1900 Storm, one can only imagine the history seen from the expansive, Victorian windows while touring this magnificent mansion. The palatial home is in beautiful condition and speaks...More

Thank TedHanley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to so many homes turned into museums that I was very surprised at how amazing and different this home was! Very much a pleasure to explore! The tour is self guided with a handheld device to guide you through the different areas....More

Thank pnkgirl27
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Guided tour by very friendly and knowledgeable staff. A must do when you are on the island. The tie between history and architecture along with what the palace has seen is a must see for everyone.

Thank stevensoneric
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Growing up in Galveston, one couldn't help but yearn to see the interior of this edifice. Many years later, as a member of the Galveston Historical Foundation, I had and still have, the opportunity to visit and volunteer my time there. Built in 1892 for...More

Thank Ezlife71
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I personally like architecture and historical buildings, mansions, etc. There is always something special about every home. This one is no different. If you like homes this is a great one to tour.

Thank Maile C
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Vicki B
3 May 2017|
Response from TxTrans | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was $12. It is a self guided tour. You should check their website for hours.
29 January 2017|
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Response from Zzardvark | Reviewed this property |
You can contact Historic Galveston that operates the house to check specifically, but they indicate that they are specifically not handicapped accessible. From my experience, there are a lot of stairs. The entrance is in the... More
Nancy W
2 December 2016|
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Response from deena9275 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I was there last week, and it was. It's not overly done, just tastefully so with a lovely tree in the entrance hall, etc.