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Newport Mansions

Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston
Ranked #2 of 55 Activities in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing Tours
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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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New London, Connecticut
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
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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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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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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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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
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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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

These mansions are very interesting to visit. For UK visitors - they are very much like National Trust properties. We saw The Breakers and The Elms, which are well worth it for their over-the-top 'gilded age' magnificence : glorious or tasteless - up to you to decide ! What is worthy of note is the audio-guide, a tape player and... More

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Los Alamitos, California
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We only had one full day in Newport, Rhode Island. We toured my favorite mansions - the Breakers and Rosecliff. Architecture is superior on these two mansions with Rosecliff showing a romantic style. The audio tours are the best way to view the homes, so you can move at your own pace. After the tours we strolled the Cliff Walk... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We saw two of the mansions - Breakers and Elms. It took us all day to really see these two, and as we only had one day we selected these two on recommendation. We were not disappointed - they were amazing and not to be missed, both inside and the grounds and gardens. The entry fee was reasonable and we... More

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