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The Breakers

Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-1000
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Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston
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Ranked #1 of 62 Attractions in Newport
Type: Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The most impressive of the Newport mansions, this 13-acre estate received its name from the cherished view of waves crashing against rocks. The Italian Renaissance summer "cottage," whose construction included transporting European artisans to apply gold leaf and other artistic touches, was owned by one of America's most prosperous families, the Vanderbilts.
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit to this extraordinary property full of extravagance and sometimes down right tackiness, showcasing how the rich wanted to show off their success in the new world. You get a very good audio tour which you can take at your own pace. Shame you can't take photos inside which is obviously just a way of getting you... More

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Athens, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

The Breakers is a Vanderbilt constructed home on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. The tour is a self-led tour in which every person wears a headset with an audio feed. This type of arrangement made it nice since it kept the entire house quiet and you could proceed at your own pace. I highly encourage you to go through... More

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Hudson, NH
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The Breakers mansion is spectacular and well worth the paid tour. The tour is an audio tour and very informative. This property is beautiful and definately one of the most impressive in Newport.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this guided tour with our family. It took about two hours to complete the visit. My favorite part was the beautiful artwork, architecture and the amazing view from the sun room.

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sayville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We just visited the Breakers (Nov. 2014). It was a great time to do so. No crowds so we were really able to see so much. So interesting and a wonderful piece of history.

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Danvers, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I have been here several times and I love going! The tour is great and educational, the grounds around the mansions are gorgeous, and you can't beat the ocean view!

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Clear Lake, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This was very interesting and well done with a tour where you could go through at your own speed and listen to a recording at specific sites.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Honestly I have to confess my ignorance : I just didn't know the presence in Newport of these XIXth century billionaires residences. Visiting them gives a clue of their contribution to the US development, and their lifestyle. As I had the time for one only, I followed the recommendations I could find in Trip Advisor and did not regret it!... More

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Huntington, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We only had time for one mansion tour, and are glad we chose this one. So interesting to learn how the wealthy and their servants lived.

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This is only one of 5 extremely extravagant mansions to be visited (and the only one we visited) in Newport. Described as a "Summer Cottage" built by a "quiet and unassuming man* doesn't quite match the reality! Having visited English and Scottish castles and palaces, French Chateaux, Italian Palazzos among other attractions this truly beats everything except perhaps the Vatican... More

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