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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Address: 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809
Phone Number: 401-253-2707
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: A beautifully landscaped historic mansion overlooking Narragansett Bay.
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Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: A beautifully landscaped historic mansion overlooking Narragansett Bay.

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East Hampton, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Blithewold To describe Blithewold in a word would be to say it is a gem. However, one word could not do justice to this wonderful property. It is truly a destination for all seasons...from the daffodils that thrill you in spring to the grand Christmas decorations in winter, Blithewold is indeed a treat for the heart, soul, & senses. About... More 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We visit Blithewold Mansion at least once a year during its Christmas exhibition. It is always an enjoyable experience. We have also visited at other times during the year. The staff works very hard and always add to the enjoyment of the visit. The grounds and the estate are interesting to visit.Let yourself go and enjoy the hour or so... More 

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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is the second year in a row I have attended tea at Blithewold Mansions. I will be coming back next year. The decorations (all by volunteers) are beautiful and elegant. The tea service was delicious and plentiful. The scones were spectacular this year. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a special occasion tea, to call on Blithewold. The... More 

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Providence
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

Attended Sparkle tonight with my daughters. The home is decorated to perfection. Unique and very festive. The grounds with the outdoor Christmas lighting was beautiful. We enjoyed the bonfire, but will pass on the stale s'mores next time. The staff was less than friendly. A smile does go a long way...none to be found. Would return next year.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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214 reviews 214 reviews
74 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I brought my mother for afternoon high tea in the dining room of the Blithewold Mansion. It was quite extravagant and decadent and we enjoyed every moment of it!!! The price of the tea includes admission to the rest of the building so despite it seeming a bit overpriced, bear that in mind. We actually didn't have time to see... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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320 reviews 320 reviews
143 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

With great views over the adjacent coast line and a garden that contains both formality and natural landscape areas Blithewold Mansion sits in a great location. While the house is not as grand as some others in Rhode Island it does have a quality the others lack, that of homeliness. With something to please the whole family and marvellous, friendly... More 

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Barnstable, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Visited this beautiful place today. I was the only one there except for some staff and workmen. It was incredibly beautiful and quiet. I am a RI native and only just discovered this today. Don't miss this exquisite place.

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Los Angeles
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283 reviews 283 reviews
236 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We went a lot of places on our trip to Newport. This place was awesome, a complete surprise and a don't miss. To explain - we were able to see a beautiful mansion, that you could walk around and really look at the items, without a policeman or a barricade. The staff was SUPER friendly and answered every question. The... More 

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Philadelphia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
22 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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