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Newport Mansions

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston
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Ranked #2 of 55 Activities in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: In Newport, RI, the leading architects of the 19th and early 20th...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing Tours
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.
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Marietta, Georgia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

we visited tha mansions to see them decorated for the Christmas season. Three of the mansions were decorated, and we visited the Breakers and the Elms. The mansions are works of art and the result so hard work by real artisans. I find the houses to be a bit excessive , and aren't my taste, but it is interesting to... More 

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TRAVERSE CITY
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I have toured the mansions of Newport in the summer, and at holiday time. Both seasons were wonderful. In the summer, you can sense the excitement and aura surrounding the Newport millionaires in the early 1900's. The gardens are beautiful. In the winter, you can see the houses in their holiday dress. Crowds are less and it's wonderful to take... More 

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Katy, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visited The Breakers. It was an audio tour of the mansion. We were there during the holidays so the mansion was decorated for Christmas and beautiful. The audio tour was great as it talked about the mansion itself and then about the people who lived and worked there and what their life was like. This is not appropriate for... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

These "cottages" as their owners called them, were built by the rich and famous over a century ago. They really are mansions with all the rooms full of furniture, fixtures and fittings that go with them. For the larger ones, you must allow at least two hours, so seeing three in a day is a challenge. I recommend two or... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

By visiting this mansions, it will be the best travel experience your ever had, please come visit newport rhode island, we the base for the nuclear submarine, the war college and more more more, the most beautiful mansions of the country.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Wandering around the mansions of Newport is a must for anyone visiting Rhode Island. We spent many hot summer afternoons leisurely wandering around these unique and amazing former summer homes from a lost era ... Each is an adventure of discovery, telling its own story and offering glimpses into a life so different from that of today. Imagining so much... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It was a very nice experience. We would definitely do it again some day soon. The guide for the tour was amazing and very knowledgeable.

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Toledo, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a must see if you are going to Newport RI, the History and the Beauty of this Mansion is Just breath taking! also the seafood food there is just great, and alot of shop's.

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Boylston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have been visiting the Newport RI mansions for over 40 years. I think they are all very impressive and if one gets a chance, go visit...There are quite a few in the same area and you can get tickets to visit 2 or 3 of them in the same day.. I will say, however, that I was not impressed... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

These homes are very interesting, if you want to learn about the Gilded Age, these are all great examples but after visiting a few of them, they all look about the same to me as far as the design and gaudiness of the time. It is something I would do once but not twice - the audio phones are a... More 

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