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Kingscote - Newport Mansion

Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #24 of 67 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Built as a Gothic Revival vacation home for a Georgia planter, the home is a National Historic Landmark. The home includes glass bricks designed by... more » Owner description: Built as a Gothic Revival vacation home for a Georgia planter, the home is a National Historic Landmark. The home includes glass bricks designed by the famous stained-glass artist, Tiffany. « less
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Visited this mansion/house with the family and had a 45 minute personal tour. We bought a combined ticket of $90 which allowed the family access to the mansions (membership rate) which worked out far cheaper than individual tickets for each house. You can upgrade at each house if you wish. The house itself is a very odd thing to look... More

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Pekin, Illinois
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190 reviews 190 reviews
79 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This house is older than most of the other "cottages" in Newport that are open to the public. The owner was an eclectic collector and the tour was informative about the time period.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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75 reviews 75 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We very much enjoyed the guided tour of this interesting home. It is true that there are more impressive Newport Mansions but the home and family histories really make the tour. Our guide, Tony, was well educated on each and the Q&A throughout the tour really added to the experience. So many works of art and personal pieces from Asia... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The design of the house is not as interesting as the tour guide wanted me to believe, but the contents were amazing! I really found the dining room fascinating. The details of the decor!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This was the first of 5 mansions we toured while in Newport. We thought it would not be too grand, but we were wrong. Beautiful woodwork and amazing dining room. Includes a live tour guide. Really impressed with the home and stables.

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Trussville, Alabama
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This was an old school cottage before people started trying to outdo each other and just came here for the cool summer breezes. It's rooms were smaller. I especially thought the cork ceiling in the dining room was interesting and unique. This one did not have an audio tour and that makes it more crowded but we were glad we... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This mansion has a guided tour, which allows you to get a tour more tailored to your interests if you ask questions. Our guide was very knowledgeable. This house is furnished as it was when the last family member was living there (1972), before it became part of the Newport Preservation tour. It is also described as the first of... More

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Westford, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is one of the few mansions that has a tour guide, as opposed to a tour with a headset. The house is quite small compared to the other mansions, and every room is filled with knick knacks. If you are interested in antique furniture, then the tour will hold your attention; however, an hour and ten minutes (we were... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

One word can really describe the Kingscote mansion- crammed. It is no where near the elegance of the Breakers or Marble House, but very interesting. Every where you looked were antiques, items, and a hodgepodge of stuff. A housekeepers nightmare! But every item seemed to have a story to tell. Our guide was amazing on the information she shared. Little... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Kingscote is in pretty bad shape on the outside and the inside is how the King family left it - including all the knick-nacks, trinkets and bad art from their travels. Our guide told us that they filled their house with what they liked, and that they liked a lot of things. The Kings clearly could not compete with the... More

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