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The Elms

367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #3 of 66 attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Description: French-style mansion built for coal magnate Edward Berwind.
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New York City, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Newport Mansion tours were excellent, I love the audio taping, very well produced and kept me engaged. The houses were beautiful, esp the Marble House and Breakers. Do not miss it! The Breakers were my favorite out of all the houses, it's grand and extravagant! The Elms were nice, but not as grand as the others

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Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

On our recent visit to Newport we only had time to visit two of the mansions. After seeing The Breakers we decided to visit the Elms since the style was quite different We arrived just as the behind the scenes servant tour was getting started and we decided to join this tour first. Good idea! The servant tour gave us... More

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New York City, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We went on a guided servants tour that showed a lot of behind the scenes features you won't see on the self-guided tour. I'd suggest you take the self-guided tour first and then take the servants tour. My teens really like it. I don't think younger kids would be interested, but it's an interesting piece of the "Gilded Age".

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Camberley Surrey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

We felt we should visit one of the mansions while staying in Newport - chose The Elms as it was round the corner from our holiday home. What a nice surprise - beautiful house and succinct audio tour that you could extend if you wanted. A real snapshot of another age. Grounds are gorgeous - maples galore and french style... More

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

The house is nice but the servants tour is where you need to be. From the coal tunnel in the sub basement to the roof top, you get to go where most people don't even know exist.

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Jamestown, North Carolina
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

After you've seen how 'the other half' lived, take the Servant Life tour. This tour, for an extra charge, is probably the only way to get a true 360-degree view of life in the Gilded Age of Newport. Without the people who worked long and difficult hours below stairs, the life of the privileged elite would not have been possible.... More

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We liked our experience at The Elms the best. The house itself is well worth the time. Again, an audio device is used so you can take your time. However, the best is the availability of a tour called The Servant's Life Tour. It was terrific. It goes every 1/2 hour and lasts about 1 hour. Our tour guide was... More

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Long Island City, New York
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Elms has a self guided tour. It was interesting. The furnishings are spectacular and the grounds are very nice. It is a good place to visit on a nice day or rainy day. I think the Breakers might be a nicer mansion to visit, and would be my first choice if you want to visit a mansion, but my second... More

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Out of all the mansions, this is the one, for a small extra fee, you can get a very different experience - from the point of the staff. If you have time, do the servants tours. None of the other homes let you into the servants quarters. You will be able to go all the way up to the third... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Another gorgeous building - the headset tour was great. We also did the extra servant tour - totally worth the money. Our guide was fantastic and we learned so much. House is very hot in the summer, so dress in light clothes.

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