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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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Philadelphia
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160 reviews 160 reviews
22 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

What a beautiful mansion nestled along the bay in Bristol Rhode Island! We stayed in Newport and came across this place online while searching for other historical places in the area. Best part - you are ALLOWED to take pictures inside the house! Grounds are beautiful, and it is also a great place to dine for a picnic, take a... More

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Norwell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Looking to step back in time and have a glimpse at "recreational" living? Skip the ostentatious mansions of Newport and be sure to visit Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, RI. This elegant, yet understated historic home dates from 1908 and features an extensive collection of period pieces. While the mansion is beautiful, the main attraction is the acres of fabulous gardens... More

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Michigan
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

One of my Rhode Island sisters took me here on a visit this last September. $11 to get unlimited access to the mansion and grounds, which are breathtaking. The Bamboo forest and sequoias are easily the main attraction, but there are numerous species of plants to admire. The house is gorgeous too. The docents are very knowledgeable, and even shared... More

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Last visited several years ago during the daffodil festival. This time, friends invited us to see the outdoor sculptures. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, we wandered the grounds for a couple of hours. The sculptures are a nice addition. Lots of flowers still blooming and gardens were a treat. The bamboo forest remains my favorite spot, but no breeze to... More

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

attended this venu for my colllege reunion. Love it and each time I visit it only gets better! It is beautiful and the grounds are well maintained no mateer what time if the year. It has beautiful views of the bay. It is not tacky like some of the Newport mansions. i would recomend it for any event. It is... More

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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Did a Walk Around Wednesday tour through Living Social, and it was wonderful. Even though we live near Blithewold, we have never visited the mansion and grounds. The tour guide was excellent and as a nice touch, ice tea was served half way through the tour. We were all sitting on the porch overlooking the grand lawn and the water.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol, RI is not like the glitz, over-the -top mansions of Newport. The elegant, well conserved mansion and nationally recognized garden with breathing views of Narraganset Bay offers the perfect, relaxed afternoon stroll among beautiful flowers, trees, bamboo forest, greenhouse, vegetable garden and much more. The home of the VanWickle with the original furnishings, the... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Quiet place to spent the afternoon. Paths are well laid out and gardens are beautifully kept up. Mansion is worth a visit, not ornate like Newport mansions. A comfortable place.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

On our way to Newport we made a minor detour to Bristol Rhodes Island and visited Blithewold the mansion and gardens. The self guided tour along with very helpful docents made the tour rewarding and informative.

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Lee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

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 - the Rose Garden, North Garden, Enclosed Garden, and especially the tranquil Japanese Garden and we saw them on a rainy day. A must see... More

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