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The Elms

367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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Ranked #3 of 66 attractions in Newport
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Description: French-style mansion built for coal magnate Edward Berwind.
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is a behind the scenes look at how the staff lived and worked at The Elms. If you like Downton Abbey, you will like this tour. Be sure to make a reservation in advance as there are only so many spots available for each time slot. You can make reservations online in advance but not on the day of... More

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Lodi, New Jersey
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35 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The Elms was a magnificent place! I have to say that I enjoyed all of the mansions that we visited, but the Elms just seemed to have that "it" factor that makes it stand out. We did not have the opportunity to do the Servants Tour, but will be doing so on our next trip to Newport. The standard tour... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I liked the audio tour. You could move at your own pace, listen for as long as you liked and could even access extra audio material which provided more information if you wished. It was very well designed. There were different "tours" for adults and children, as well as tours in several different languages. I liked that... More

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Westport, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you like Downton Abby, then you will love the Servants Tour at the Elms. It takes you to the top floor of the mansion, and the rooftop. You also get to go into the cellar, and see areas that are off limits during a regular tour. I went with a group of friends for a girls afternoon with lunch,... More

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Newport, Rhode Island
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This beautiful mansion was inspired by French chateaux and houses a wonderful collection of antiques from all over the world. The kitchen is worth a look, as are the gardens and carriage house, where you can stop for lunch or a snack.

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

First visit to Newport. The Elms was just as described in the reviews. You can spend 30 minutes or 90 minutes going through the various rooms. Many opportunities to listen to different details regarding house features. Hard to imagine living in such opulence. We also did servant tour and enjoyed it. You do have to be able to climb 85... More

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Berkshire, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We visited 5 of the mansions and this was hands down our favorite. I wish all the mansions had the servants tours, because their quarters, kitchens, laundry, and "backstage" of these houses are just as interesting as all the gilded fancy furniture and painted ceilings. The solarium was breathtaking.

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Durham, North Carolina
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The regular audio tour is excellent and the house is fascinating. Do include some extra time for the Behind the Scenes tour (costs extra but worth it).

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13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The rooms are amazing and we liked that we could get additional information from the headsets by pressing different numbers.

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Toronto, Ontario
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

On a recommendation for a day trip to Newport we decided to take the "Servants Tour" at the Elms. My wife is a big Downton Abbey fan and I thought she would really enjoy this and I would just tag alone. It was brilliant. Great behind the scenes insight to how the other half lived in the this over-the-top era.... More

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