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Marble House

596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #7 of 66 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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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is an absolute do not miss in Newport. Marble House was the summer home of the Vanderbilts. It was where Alva Vanderbilt lived and helped lead the women's suffrage movement. The house is magnificent more befitting a French king than a "common American" and the grounds are expansive with a large tea house overlooking the ocean. The tour is... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I went on this tour with my 20 something daughter and friends. It was very informative and interesting. Saw what it was like to be spoiled and rich. Excellent views if the ocean from the teahouse and back porch.

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is the second best mansion under the Breakers. The house is amazing at the stories about the woman that ruled there was fascinating.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was the third of the Newport mansions my daughter and I visited. It was beautiful. The detail was unbelievable. To have lived during that time in that social status would have been a very different life. The audio tour was very good. Highly recommended.

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This mansion definitely has one of the more unique personalities that truly reflects the lives of the past owners. The marble that is found pretty much everywhere is amazing to see. The audio tour also (relatively new at this spot I think?) adds a great touch to the location. The more subdued tones of some portions of this mansion are... More

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

While on our vacation to the New England coast, we decided to stay in Rhode Island and visit Newport. The drive into Newport made me think of days gone by when early cars and yachts were the mode of transportation for the affluent Vanderbilt’s. We found a nice parking spot in the Salve Regina College grounds under a shady tree.... More

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Pekin, Illinois
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190 reviews 190 reviews
79 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

One of the most gilded of the "cottages" in Newport from the Gilded Age. The self-tour with headphones was informative. The architecture and furnishings are stunning. Arrive early but not first thing to avoid some of the bus crowds. Good gift shop. Interesting tea house near the ocean part of the property.

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Key Largo, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

House has some amazing marble but most of the rooms are dark & doesn't make the best use of the wonderful location on the ocean it has. What a learned of the "lady of the house" I did not like her much....listen closely to what she put her daughter through.

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Fleming Island, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Marble House was a gift to Alva Vanderbilt from her husband, William Vanderbilt on her 39th birthday. The mansion was completed in 1892, and contains over a half million cubic feet of marble. The mansion, like some others, was modeled after part of Versailles by Richard Morris Hunt, who designed other gilded age mansions. Alva, divorced Vanderbilt in 1895, and... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Had the coolest story behind it, especially the lady of the house, Alva. Like the self-guided audio tour set up.

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