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Newport Mansions

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #4 of 48 Activities in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: In Newport, RI, the leading architects of the 19th and early 20th centuries built magnificent mansions for the nation's social and financial elite.... more » Owner description: In Newport, RI, the leading architects of the 19th and early 20th centuries built magnificent mansions for the nation's social and financial elite. These "summer cottages" provided the backdrop for a society centered on sport, fashion and parties in settings of spectacular natural beauty. Ten of these properties have been preserved by The Preservation Society of Newport County and are open to the public. From the homes of a colonial merchant and leading China traders of the Victorian era, to the great Italian and French Renaissance palaces of the Gilded Age, these houses span over 250 years of American architectural and social history.Visit the Newport Mansions: The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Chepstow, Hunter House, and Green Animals Topiary Garden. « less
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Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I was in Newport for one night and day, so I only was able to tour the Breakers and Marble Mansion. I found these "summer homes" absolutely amazing. The detail and the workmanship that went into each of these homes is more than astonishing. There is so much attention to the detail in every aspect of the homes. Oh if... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The ability to visit the mansions over a few days and at our own pace made our 4 night stop-over in Newport, Rhode Island my favourite spot in an excellent 3 week trip, that took in Manhattan, Pittsburgh and Boston by car or train. The mansions are easy to find, easy to get to by bus, car or simply by... More

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Brooklyn, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I volunteered to take a carload of senior citizens to the "Newport Mansions" for a fun day! On that trip to the "Newport Mansions" many things were different....beware! First the general admission prices are much higher then just a few years ago. The guided tours are now guided by means of a tape recorder hanging around your neck and are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you're going to do one thing when you're in Newport, you must the mansions. The good news is that you go at your own pace, because it is now audio and not done by a tour guide. Great to see the houses and learn the history about the gilded age!

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We took this trip to Newport to see what the rich and powerful call their summer cottages. These cottages are huge mansions that were used for six weeks of the year. We visited two of the mansions. The Marble House which was set in the gilded age and is only meant for the very rich and privileged. The other was... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Interesting to see the extent to which rich people will go to waste money on one-up-man-ship. Beautiful homes. We toured The Elms and Rosecliff. I've always liked Rosecliff best of all the Preservation Society mansions. Nice audio tours, it seems best to try just 2 or 3 per day. Decent on site parking or bus service. The Elms has very... More

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PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I visited Newport five years ago and toured Breakers, Marble House, The Elms and Rosecliff and was in awe. Im in no way a fan of the gilded age, but I was mesmerized by these mansions. I revisited this weekend and toured Chateau-Sur-Mer, Chepstow, Kingscote, Isaac Bell House and Breakers again and loved it as much as the first time.... More

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Cross River, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We were in Newport for two days and did the tour of The Elms and the Servants' Life tour in that mansion, as well as The Breakers tour. Our tour guide for the Servants' Life tour was very knowledgeable, professional and answered any questions any of us had. The houses themselves are wonderful, definitely recommend to do the tours, you... More

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We purchased a groupon for 1 year membership with the historic society for $55. Recommend if you plan on visiting more than 1 mansion with family. The membership is good for 10 mansions and unlimited regular tours. We stopped by the Marble House first. The tour was nice. They give you a headset and you go at your own pace.... More

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Long island, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had a few hours to invest in viewing the mansions, and unfortunately made it to the area after the tours were closed. But we drove along Ocean Drive and got a great view of the mansions of the area. We would consider going back to Newport to see the inside touches! Don't let the congestion fool you. Once you... More

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