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Marble House

596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
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Ranked #7 of 67 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: This Newport mansion is famous for its ample use of marble in the interior.
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ocala, florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

House and furnishings were very much over the top. Make use of the headsets. View from the grounds is quite beautiful

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Marble House is my favorite of the mansions. The tour was well organized, the house itself was inspiring, the grounds well manicured. Lots of history in an exciting 50 minute tour.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Well worth visiting. Amazing how these places were designed, built and maintained. Made for generations but short lived in American History. Interesting to see how regimented life was for the wealthy. Also interesting to see what a challenge it was to manage wealth and maintain personal happiness. The stone work is truly amazing.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We toured the Breakers and the Marble House on a package tour. Its a self guided audio tour and I found the story of Alva Vanderbilt as interesting as the house. She referred to this house as a cottage and after she divorced and moved down the street it became her closet. The tour itself is an education of these... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The waking audio tour for this place is fantastic - informative, interesting but to the point (not too lengthy like some other places I've been!). It gives a great understanding of the history of the building, as well as an interesting insight into the lives and relationships of the Vanderbilts who lived here. For those with a keen interest, there... More

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Alva Vanderbilt built this palace they call a cottage to show off her wealth and social supremacy. It is marble filled, gilded, and luxurious beyond imagination. But Alva herself is a fascinating contradiction. She forced her daughter to marry a duke yet campaigned for women's rights. She opened her house to the Suffragette Movement despite its grandness and employing a... More

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New York, New York, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed touring Marble House and learning about Alva Vanderbilt's contributions to the suffrage movement! Taking a little extra time and listening to extra snippets on the audio tour is well worth it.

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Leawood, Kansas
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32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Like the Breakers this is a Vanderbilt home. Very interesting house with a very interesting history. The tours are self guided and allow you to tour at your own pace which is very nice.

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Medford, New Jersey
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The mansions along Bellevue Avenue are uniquely different in style, size and decor. Make the effort to visit at least 5, The Marble House was great and had free parking! Lovely, lovely and so historic!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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233 reviews 233 reviews
101 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The sumptuous mansions are difficult to imagine--what the owners called "summer cottages." The consensus of our group was that the scale of Marble House was more pleasing than the Breakers, which is almost overwhelming, but both are lovely. The audio tour is truly exceptional. You can proceed at your own pace, hearing the highlights, OR you can chose to listen... More

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