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Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-1000
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In Newport, RI, the leading architects of the 19th and early 20th centuries...

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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Worth every penny to see such prominent historical perspectives of times gone by. You will not be disappointed if you visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Canandaigua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth every penny to see such prominent historical perspectives of times gone by. You will not be disappointed if you visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

See how the 1% lived circa 1900. String of "cottages" along Bellevue Avenue. Unless you dislike abject and excessive displays of wealth, make the stop. Places are incredible and all decorated to period decor. Various different styles though many with a French/Versailles them. Besides the cost (multi-tens of billions) in today's dollars is the quality of construction and the time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything is cheaper in bulk. You can get multi pass tickets for all the main attraction mansions. Passes for 2, 3, 5, mansions or family passes for everything are the best options depending on how much time and how many people in your group. A family with 3 kids would be best to get the annual family membership. It can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We toured The Elms and The Breakers with our teenagers and enjoyed it immensely. The price of admission includes an excellent audio tour that guides visitors through the house. We purchased tickets when we arrived at The Breakers and the ticket office was very efficient and informative. It was fun to step back in time to the Gilded Age. Parking... More 

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The mansions are breathtaking and a wonderful part of the patrimony of the nation. They weave history, society, culture, art and architecture into an enjoyable stroll. The excellent audio guides are chock full of information and enhance the visit. Well done.

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Roswell, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The 3 mansion tour was by far best value. We're able to do all in a day ( start early before lines form). All homes very opulent but different enough to make it a fascinating day.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

This was a surprisingly delightful tour. I've seen several of the Newport mansions but had never visited "Rough Point". Very interesting tour, knowledgeable guide and beautiful property. Unguided at this time of year and rather from the perspective of the "downstairs" help. Doris was a fascinating women.

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Westminster, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Went just after Christmas. It is beautifully decorated. Make sure you use the audio sets. Check the little tidbits that you can select to listen to. They offer interesting facts about the surroundings and the family members.

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Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

I have been to these mansions many times over the past 40 years. Every time I go I see something different. The workmanship is outstanding. This year however I was very disappointed in Rosecliff. The entire second floor has been stripped of its furnishings, repainted and set up as an exhibit for a few dresses. Most of the dresses were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

My husband and I toured five of the mansions while in Newport. Considering the ticket price per person was not bad at all, we decided to tour the ones that are most popular. We toured two houses in one day and two days later went back to Newport and toured the other three. You can actually space out the tours... More 

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