Galveston's grandest and best-known building, the Bishop's Palace is an ornate delight of colored stone, intricately carved ornaments, rare woods, stained-glass windows, bronze dragons and other sculptures, luxury materials and furnishings, and impressive fireplaces from around the world (including one lined with pure silver!).
Built by lawyer Colonel Walter Gresham and designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston's premier architect, this Victorian castle was cited by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 100 most important buildings in America. The home was built from 1886 to 1892.
If you can only visit one of Galveston's architectural treasures, the exquisite Bishop's Palace is the one to see.
Adults: $12 ($2 is donated to Save America’s Treasures to restore the roof)
Youth (6 through18): $9
Children 5 and under: Free
Adult prearranged group tours [20 or more people] $8.00 per person
Self-Guided Audio Tours 10am until 45 minutes before posted closing time.
Regular Private Tour: $50 per person, Reservations must be made one week in advance. Private Behind the Scenes Tour: $80 per person, Reservations must be made one week in advance.
For ticket and tour information, call (409)762-2475.
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Please note: Bishop’s Palace will be closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.
Note: Hours may be seasonal and subject to change.