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Newport Mansions

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #2 of 48 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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Connecticut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My Husband and I have visited these mansions several times. It is so great to imagine stepping back in time and imagining what life was like in the gilded age. Purchasing a Newport Preservation Society Membership is the best way to go. You get Access to all the Mansions, Free Parking and a discount in the Mansion Gift shops. There... More

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Dallas, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The mansions were over whelming with all the glitter and size. It is hard to believe that families lived in them. It is a part of history that you shouldn't miss.

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

We recently toured 4 out of 5 major cottages. They audio tour is about a half hour long but if you have the time, listen to all the side stories in each room. That is where you will learn the most about the Gilded Age. If you just stick the the main tour you will just cover the room itself... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were overwhelmed by the beauty of these mansion and the scenic views from their grand backyards. We loved the Breakers the best!

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Northfield
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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

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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acarneiro, Public Relations Manager at Newport Mansions, responded to this review

We regret anyone's disappointment when visiting the Newport Mansions. However, the Newport Music Festival is a major national classical music event which has staged performances in the mansions in July for more than 30 years, and we do publicize it extensively. Clearly, one of our parking staff was clumsy in assisting this customer, and we apologize for that. Blending performing... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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