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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

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Address: 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809
Phone Number: 401-253-2707
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: A beautifully landscaped historic mansion overlooking Narragansett Bay.

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Daffodils and Garden Heaven!

A visit to Blithewold is a MUST for anyone visiting the Bristol area. One of the best Tree Gardens I have ever visited. Black Bamboo grove is special. Daffodil a Days are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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89 reviews 89 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A visit to Blithewold is a MUST for anyone visiting the Bristol area. One of the best Tree Gardens I have ever visited. Black Bamboo grove is special. Daffodil a Days are highlight of the year.

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We have been members of Blithewold for several years and have had the opportunity to enjoy many of their seasonal occasions. Daffodil Days, concerts in the park during the summer months and of course the Christmas festivities. Everything is family friendly and absolutely top notch. The Christmas decorations are amazing. Walking the grounds, sipping hot chocolate, watching the children make... More 

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

My family visits Blithewold every holiday season as well as various times throughout the year. Christmas time is magical! Each year there is a different theme for the decorating of the mansion. The volunteers start decorating in Oct and open right after Thanksgiving. The afternoon Teas are wonderful and they also have other special events. This is also a place... More 

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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184 attraction reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

While not as grandiose as some of the mansions of Newport, the Blithewold Mansion and Arboretum is still a gorgeous building with magnificent grounds to explore. Weddings are held here on a regular basis. You'll spend about an hour or so here, but can spend much more time in the gardens if you'd like. In addition, while in the house,... More 

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East Hampton, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 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
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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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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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20 helpful votes 20 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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219 reviews 219 reviews
74 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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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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