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7 of America's best castles to visit by luxury yacht

7 of America's best castles to visit by luxury yacht

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Bishop’s Palace
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Bishop’s Palace

Bishop’s Palace, the ornate Victorian-style wonder built for lawyer, railroad entrepreneur and politician Colonel Walter Gresham in the late 19th century, is celebrated as a historic landmark in Galveston, Texas. Located in the East End Historic District, the palace — also known as Gresham’s Castle — is easy to spot.

Designed by architect Nicholas Clayton, the gray sandstone and granite building is straight out of Hollywood-fantasy central casting. Soaring three stories high with four round turrets, Romanesque and depressed Tudor arches, wrought-iron railings, carvings of real and imaginary creatures, steep roofs and numerous sculptural chimneys, the museum is now managed by the Galveston Historical Foundation.

Completed in 1892 for Gresham, his wife, Josephine, and their nine children, the 50-plus-room castle offers an intimate glimpse of upper crust life in the Victorian era. Tours of the historic interior, offered daily, include first-floor rooms with 14-foot coffered ceilings, marble columns from Sienna, ornamental fireplaces from around the world, elaborate carved wood architectural elements, plus period paintings and furnishings.

Don't miss: The 40-foot-tall octagonal mahogany staircase is framed on five sides by stained glass panels and illuminated by an octagonal skylight.

How to visit on a superyacht: Minutes from the Gulf of Mexico and right off the Galveston Ship Channel, the Galveston Yacht Basin is two miles from Bishop’s Palace and can take large yachts.

If you prefer palaces with a regal heritage don’t miss our guide of the best royal palaces to visit from a luxury yacht.

Picture courtesy of Fotoluminate Llc/Shutterstock.com

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