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Newport Mansions

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #1 of 47 activities in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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New Windsor, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I never get tired of visiting the Newport Mansions. If you love history, architecture or a beautiful ocean views, you will love the mansions. Get the package deal and don't skip the Behind the Scenes at the Elms. You'll want to get to the Breakers early during the Summer to avoid lines, but even if you have to wait, there's... More

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Katy Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

The Breakers was the only mansion in Newport that I visited. It was gorgeous!! Audio tour was great - didn't feel rushed. I took my time and even hit the buttons for the optional information since it was so interesting. We did have a group of loud kids come in after us but we just stopped our audio and waited... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We visited 5 locations and thoroughly enjoyed each one. Some properties have personal tour guides and others are self guided using really excellent audio guides. We learned so much. Hated that you couldn't take photos but understand. On site personnel helpful but a follow up email I sent to the preservation society went unanswered which was quite disappointing. Still, highly... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

There is truly nothing like the Newport Mansions! They are beautiful and filled with wonderful history which makes the tours in each one both very entertaining and very different. Having visited them year round, I can say that there's nothing like a tour in any of the mansions! The lawns and flowers in the summer are gorgeous and the decorations... More

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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

It is the biggest and most opulent mansion in Newport. If you only have time to look at one mansion, the Breakers is the one. The tour is very informative and you have the option of taking your time and looking / learning at every detail of the house or go through as quickly as you can if pressed for... More

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Las Vegas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This former Vanderbilt home is the flagship for a series of mansions in the Newport, RI area. The home and the grounds were beautiful. A lot of people are turned off by such an ostentatious (and some say garish) display of wealth but I found it interesting to view firsthand a great example of a home built during the gilded... More

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We chose only one home to visit, and it was for the woodwork in this particular home. Well worth it, and our guide was very knowledgeable. As we were the only people on the tour, it was like booking a private tour (it was a Monday morning). We would have loved to have seen the attic, but realize they can't... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Named for its location--where the waves hit rocks on Newport--all agree The Breakers is Newport's fanciest 'summer home.' Touring mansions can be done several ways: individually (The Breakers is $19.50, others are $14.50), The Breakers in combo with another mansion ($24.50), or, a multi-ticket for five mansions, excluding Hunter House ($31.50) (see www.newportmansions.org for details). The Breakers (along with The... More

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The mansions are beautiful...the grounds are lovely. Parking is available at each of the mansion locations. There are elevators at most of the mansions for people who have problems climbing stairs. What fascinated me were the kitchens, they were massive.... I would recommend seeing all of them...allow yourself two days.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We got a chance to see The Breakers and Chateau-Sur-Mer. Both were amazing. Definitely two to see when you're in the area. For 25.00, you can get a combo ticket and go to both. Easily less than 10 mins walk from one another.

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