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Address: 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: +1 401-849-7300
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Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the...

Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the Newport Restoration Foundation, Doris Duke.

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In every room it seems as if Doris Duke, in all of her eccentric glory, is still nearby.

In 1922, Rough Point, which had been built in 1887 for Frederick Vanderbilt, was sold to James Duke, heir to one of America's tobacco monopolies. James' daughter Doris, then... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Nan Q
Jaffrey, New Hampshire

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Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

In 1922, Rough Point, which had been built in 1887 for Frederick Vanderbilt, was sold to James Duke, heir to one of America's tobacco monopolies. James' daughter Doris, then aged 10 and an avid swimmer, immediately fell in love with the site: a rocky promontory jutting out into the turbulent Atlantic. For the remainder of her long life (she died... More 

Thank Nan Q
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coming from New Jersey, I am fascinated with Doris Duke and was really looking forward to seeing her house in Newport. And although the grounds and the house itself is truly lovely, I couldn't help but be disappointed by how much of the furniture was under cover - basically all of it. Don't get me wrong, they correctly call this... More 

Thank mcb1962
New Jersey
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide was very knowledgeable about Doris Duke and the mansion. While all the furniture and decor was covered, it was still a fascinating view of the home, the Cliff Walk in that spot, and the grounds. I hope to be able to go back for the more traditional tour!

Thank marybelle07
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We visited Rough Point on a rainy and windy December day. This house was a nice contrast to the opulence of the Breakers but was filled with amazing and beautiful works of art, pottery and rugs. The bonus was the view from the solarium with a memorable view of the Atlantic. Our guide was a lovely young woman, informative and... More 

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Needham, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Interesting tour. They show different rooms than in the summer. The furniture is covered w/ sheets. Gives you a glimpse into one of Doris Duke's homes that she actually lived in until 1993. say the Kitchen and received a treat. Grounds are gorgeous. Will come back in the summer.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Rough Point is my favorite home to visit in Newport. Formerly owned by Doris Duke, this home has wonderful views of the ocean and the exquisite interiors are just incredible. Did this tour with my two daughters (10 and 7) and we had a great time. Docent was very knowledgeable and really made my girls at ease during the tour.

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Louisville, KY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Very disappointed that no photos were allowed inside, Not sure if that is true for other mansions in Newport. If you want to take photos, you should inquire in advance. Otherwise the tour was average. Our guide Linda was knowledgable. It takes only 75 minutes and at the end you are shown the door out. The house and its furnishing... More 

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Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

The mansion is just beautiful and the grounds are fantastic too. Well worth the time to take a look.

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This mansion tour is done with a guide, not a digital headset. The display of Ms. Duke's art and antiques is quite intriguing! The landscaping and grounds at Rough Point are probably the best of all the mansion-museums in Newport. Highly recommended tour.

Thank Russell M
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Elms, Breakers and Marble House. I highly recommend them all but my absolute favourite was Rough Point. The tour guide was extremely knowledgable, the furnishings were breathtaking and the house and setting beautiful.

Thank Helenmj2014

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