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Rough Point

680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-849-7300
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Ranked #4 of 62 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
Owner description: Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the Newport Restoration...
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
Hours:
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 3:45 pm
Owner description: Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the Newport Restoration Foundation, Doris Duke.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Even since Rough Point opened, I have wanted to visit, so my sister and I got together for nearly a week around my 50th prep school reunion. An old family friend gave us the set of tickets and we were delighted to take advantage of them. Excellent guide, a great interior worth seeing. The fashion exhibit was excellent. I would... More 

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Lockett, so happy to hear from you on TripAdvisor! We're so glad you finally had the chance to see Rough Point and that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again in 2016! More 

State College, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Enjoyable to see inside the home and to walk the grounds. Interesting to see the clothes. This is a guided tour. Our guide was very pleasant and informative. It would have been nice to see more of the rooms for the $25 charge. The tour lasts about 75 minutes.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Best part of tour was our guide who was both thoughtful, thorough and interesting. House manages to be much darker than I expected for such a bon vivant occupant. Loved the topiary camels on the lawn especially their sedum and grass necks.

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Westerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Lots of Art. It was interesting to know that Doris Duke actually used the house until her death. her clothing display upstairs was a nice surprise

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Deerfield Beach
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

While in Newport, I had time to visit two houses, so I went to The Breakers and Rough Point. The beauty of Rough Point is that it was lived in as a private residence more recently than the older, gilded-age mansions. I also enjoyed having a real guide as opposed to a headset - my tour was led by a... More 

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Newport, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Rough Point is one magnificent home that feels like you can unpack your bags and settle in! The tour was great as the docent provided interesting bits of information on Doris Duke. The back overlooking the ocean is one of the best views around!

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kentucky
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160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous views both from inside and out.It's very hard to imagine the wealth of Doris Duke,yet her home seemed very welcoming.The views around her property are amazing.

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jo913
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

One of the most beautiful, livable home there. Doris Duke had several homes, but lived here most of the time. At the end of the tour they show clothes that she wore and pictures of her in them. They are right up to todays fashion for the 'Red Carpet. The house is spread out on a point, so you have... More 

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Beautiful home and 75 min tour led by a knowledgable guide. Well worth your time. This home is just how Doris Duke left it and you really get a view of her taste and personality. There are some beautiful furnishings, exquisite plaster work and some important artwork. Stunning views of the coastline! It's a house not to be missed.

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morris county
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

What a wonderful home/mansion. You see how the 1% lived in the early part of our centuary right up to the 1990's. It is amazing the artworks in the home. The property is the most fantastic on the entire Newport Coast. Doris Duke did so many wonderful things through her charitable works. Yet, it seems that there was something missing... More 

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