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Bishop’s Palace, Galveston
(4.5/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Listed as one of the most important buildings in America by the American Institute of Architects, Bishop’s Palace commands attention in the city's historical district. Finished in 1892 on the commission of former Confederate soldier Walter Gresham, the ornate Victorian structure offers a window into the life of the local elite in the early 20th century. This massive, stone home now holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and operates as a museum dedicated to the life and times of the Gresham family. Join a tour of the luxurious interior, including a giant fireplace and a 12 m (40 ft) tall mahogany staircase. Note the unusual statues and carvings of dragons and other mythical creatures, selected by architect Nicholas Clayton. A special basement to attic tour occurs monthly, showcasing areas of the home normally off-limits. Visit the website to reserve tickets. Bishop’s Palace is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Galveston Edition.
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  • I was really pleasantly surprised by this audio tour of this beautiful old home. Very well maintained and audio presentation was very informative. A must see. 
  • While there may be bigger homes in the US, this is a family home that sheltered people during the great Storm of 1900, became part of the Catholic Church and was loved by all who touched it - you feel...  more »
  • We had the Bishop Palace seen from outside and that just looked all impressive. It is possible to get a tour from within, but that you have online booking and we didn't know that in advance.
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  • What an amazing place! The woodwork, stain glass windows, balconies, carvings. I walked through the house twice, admiring every detail. It must have been grand to live there. A must see.
  • Beautiful house. They reall don't build them like they used to. I am glad to see they are preserving and restoring it.
  • Beautiful house! Great place for tourist pictures and people who love history!
  • Such a beautifully crafted house. The audio tours are cool, but the basement to attic tour is where it gets really interesting.
  • Wonderful house to be absolutely preserved