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Bishop’s Palace, Galveston

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 750+ 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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  • This is a beautiful house. It was quite since everyone had their own handset to listen to. You go at your own pace. 
  • Beautifully kept historical home. I just love it. It was the first time for our family to visit and we loved it. My son liked it a lot. He loved the wood work and the furniture. He loved how big these...  read more »
  • This was absolutely beautiful! The woodwork was amazing and the artwork was impressive! Take the time to visit you will not want to miss this one! 
  • 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.
  • Such a beautifully crafted house. The audio tours are cool, but the basement to attic tour is where it gets really interesting.
  • Beautiful house! Great place for tourist pictures and people who love history!
  • Wonderful house to be absolutely preserved
  • This is an amazing mansion to tour. It is very beautiful and interesting.
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