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Newport Mansions

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #2 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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Northfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The audio tours are great. Lots of info and visual delights. Didn't have to keep up with the group just move when your ready or stay in that room and listen to even more details.

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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This lovely mansion with so much history is a must see. Put on the headphones and go at your own pace. Just type in the number on the placard and listen to all the stories. You well be sent back to a different era and feel like this is your summer home!

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Portland, OR
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

You would be better off preparing for your visit in advance by visiting the website http://www.newportmansions.org. My wife and I decided that we wanted to see the Elms and the Breakers and there is an option to purchase a ticket for 2 mansions. We liked the Breakers better because it was less tacky in the sense of people showing off... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We purchased The Breakers Plus tickets, which gives you admission to The Breakers and one other mansion. The mansions have great, informative audio tours that tell you a lot about the houses and the history behind them. If you appreciate architecture, design, and/or history, you will enjoy touring these summer cottages.

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New Windsor, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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

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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