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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809
401-253-2707
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Ranked #2 of 18 attractions in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Description: A beautifully landscaped historic mansion overlooking Narragansett Bay.
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Biddeford, Maine
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Blithewold is a wonderful place to explore - the house has been well maintained and contains a very nice museum about the family who once lived there - the Van Wickles. The gardens are beautiful - loved the Rose Garden, North Garden, Enclosed Garden, and especially the tranquil Japanese Garden. While this mansion is not as grand as those of... More

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North Port, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Family travel, stopped for the tour of the mansion and grounds. Well maintained historic mansion, very well preserved. It was an incredible expeirence. Guides were excellent, and gave us a great insight on how it was to be very very wealthy in the 19th century. Beautifully decorated. It must be special sight at Christmas. The gardens were just beautiful. Loved... More

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Natick, MA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My wife and I greatly enjoyed our visit to Blithewold. The mansion and grounds are beautiful (I had never seen a sequoia in New England before...), while the docents are extremely friendly and helpful. And Augustine Van Wickle was an absolutely stunning woman -- reading about her life reminded me of Katharine Hepburn.

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New Windsor, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

After visiting the Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Blithewold may seem like a bungalow, but it is impressive in its own right and a stop worth your while if you have the time. The gardens are especially beautiful, and the house is decorated beautifully for Christmas.

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I am a Rhode Island resident and have visited many Newport mansions and private homes during Christmas in Newport but was not prepared for the joy of visiting Blithewold. The home is on a human scale with a light and airy feeling, picturesque views of the bay and magnificent grounds. Although the family was obviously financially secure the furnishing are... More

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Weston, Connecticut
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

My wife and I recently visited Newport RI. In the past we have been to several of the mansions in town. This year we chose this mini-mansion in Bristol RI. I enjoyed it more than any of the mansions we have seen in Newport. It is much smaller than most Newport mansions, but the ability to tour on your own... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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143 reviews 143 reviews
24 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is truly an amazing place. The beauty and up keep that goes on here is none stop. This place is also on the water and should be added to your places to see list when in Bristol

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Albany, New York
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86 reviews 86 reviews
31 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My wife and I spend a Sunday in April 2014 here and enjoyed the grounds and mansion. It is situated near the water and the view from the mansion is spectacular. We plan to return a few more times this summer and fall. We are looking forward to a visit to see the mansion decorated for the Holiday season in... More

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White Plains, New York
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92 reviews 92 reviews
34 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Have been to many fine gardens in New England, New York, Delaware and Europe and found Blithewold to be at the least the equal of any. The mansion was not overly stuffy, the docents were very nice and the grounds were out of this world. They have quite a few variety of gardens and all of them were beautiful and... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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61 reviews 61 reviews
44 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Beautiful displays of daffodils (in season), Christmas exhibits, historic mansion to tour, gift shop.

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