This ornate Victorian style house is a National Historic Landmark. Once a month there are basement to attic tours taking in all areas of the building not normally open to the public.
There are daily tours as well as full moon tours. The house was originally built for Colonel Gresham the founder of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad. He lived here with his wife and nine children. The “palace” has all sorts of elements from Romanesque and Tudor arches that are ornately carved to Sienna Marble columns, coffered ceilings, and cast iron galleries.
Where: 1402 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550
Hours: Daily 10 am to 5 pm – Saturdays until 6 pm.
Phone: (409) 762-2475
Cost: Daily tours – Adults $12, Youth (6 to 18) $9, Children 5 and under Free.
This French style chateau has all the requisite turrets, fountains, manicured European style gardens, massive wooden doors, chandeliers and marble staircases – in fact, everything to make a girl feel special on her wedding day.
The venue is used primarily for weddings with the ballroom featuring five antique gold and crystal chandeliers and ornate French ceiling moldings. Events are by invitation only unless you are planning to host an event here.
Where: 14525 Champions Drive, Houston, TX 77069
Phone: (281) 919-1161
Trube Castle remains a vibrant building with corporate and other special events taking place here – it’s a favorite spot for weddings. It has a royal suite for hire – but only for adults. Built in 1890 the castle replicates castles in Denmark from the memories of the original owner John Trube, in whose family it remained for 95 years. It has 21 rooms and can accommodate parties of up to 300 for cocktail functions and 150 for seated meals. It is readily visible from the street – take the kids along to view this castle from the outside.
Where: 1627 Sealy St, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 765-8500
Cost: Contact owners for hiring costs.
The four-story castle was built in 1895 and acquired by the Moody family in 1900. The house remained in the Moody family for 86 years and is now a museum with much of the original furniture and family treasure on display. The tour of the mansion covers two floors, which does not include the ground floor as this houses the Galveston Children’s Museum with many hands-on activities for children like the Tinker Workshop, Building Zone and opportunities to get involved in arts and crafts as well as solving engineering problems while having loads of fun. A separate fee is charged for admission to this attraction.
Where: 2618 Broadway Avenue, Galveston, TX 77550
Hours: Daily 10 am to 6 pm for Mansion tours. Children’s Museum: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm, closed on Mondays.
Phone: (409) 762-7668 (Mansion), (409) 572-2544 (Children’s Museum)
Cost: Self-Guided Mansion Tours – Adults $12, Students age 6 and over $6, Children 5 and under Free. Behind The Scenes Mansion Tour – $30 per person from Thursday to Sunday at 4 pm, Children’s Museum: $7 for ages 2 upwards.
Although it is not very fairytale-like as a castle it does have two towers and interesting construction details, having been built in 1869. It currently houses the offices of a real estate company, is privately owned and not open for public tours. The castle is just above the Austin Graffiti Park. The Graffiti Park, while a great endeavor for the community, doesn’t enhance the buildings surrounds – one expects castles to be surrounded by beautiful gardens or parklands – but it’s worth taking a look at the towers and crenellations from the outside.
Where: 1111 W. 11th Street (Above The Austin Graffiti Park)