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“You need a full day to see all the mansions!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Newport Mansions

Newport Mansions
Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston
Ranked #2 of 55 Activities in Newport
Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: In Newport, RI, the leading architects of the 19th and early 20th centuries built magnificent mansions for the nation's social and financial elite. These "summer cottages" provided the backdrop for a society centered on sport, fashion and parties in settings of spectacular natural beauty. Ten of these properties have been preserved by The Preservation Society of Newport County and are open to the public. From the homes of a colonial merchant and leading China traders of the Victorian era, to the great Italian and French Renaissance palaces of the Gilded Age, these houses span over 250 years of American architectural and social history.Visit the Newport Mansions: The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Chepstow, Hunter House, and Green Animals Topiary Garden.
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“You need a full day to see all the mansions!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2008

If you can, visit the Newport Mansions on a weekday. Five of us arrived in the middle of the afternoon on a Sunday. The town was full of tourists so traffic was slow and the lines in the visitors' center were long. We were told to drive to the mansions and to park our car and walk to the other mansions. Do not do this. You will run out of time like we did. Drive to each mansion. There is a parking lot for each of them. We only saw two of the mansions on Sunday (The Breakers and the Elms). Three people from our group had to return home on Monday, so the remaining two of us used their remaining tour tickets and the rest of our tickets on Monday. Traffic was light and most of the tourists were gone. We saw The Marble House, Rosecliff, the Isaac Bell House, Chateau-Sur-Mer, and Chepstow. We didn't see Kingscote because it was closed for lunch for two hours, we didn't attempt to visit the Green Animal Topiary, and the Hunter mansion isn't included in the ticket booklet. You can buy tickets at the vistors' center when you enter Newport. Some of the mansions have tour guides and some are self-guided with audiotapes and headsets. The tickets cost about $31.00 each. Each ticket entitles you to tour any 5 mansions listed on the tickets. There are more than 5 mansions to see. I would suggest seeing The Breakers, The Marble House, Rosecliff, The Elms and Chateau Sur-Mer. The Isacc Bell House really isn't a mansion and it is unfurnished. Make sure you eat breakfast before attempting to tour the mansions and bring snacks. There are cookies and snacks sold outside the Breakers, and already prepared sandwiches and snacks at the Elms (but they close at 4:00 p.m.) but otherwise you might not be able to find food to purchase or it may not be easy to find when you are hungry. The views of the Atlantic Ocean are spectacular from The Breakers and The Marble House (both built and owned by the Vanderbilt brothers). The Rosecliff is rented out for weddings and has been used in many movies including for one of the wedding scenes in the movie "27 Dresses." If you have time, park at Memorial Boulevard and walk the Cliff Walk or park your car at Narragansett Ave. for a shorter walk. The paved trail is about 3.5 miles. I recommend visiting these two websites regarding the mansions and the Cliff Walk: www.newportmansions.org and www.cliffwalk.com.

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“Cliff Walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2008

If your time in Newport is short and you can't tour the mansions, take the Cliff Walk. It's a beautiful walk behind the mansions.

Be sure to see St. Mary's Church where JFK & Jackie were married.

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“Just Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2008

Of course everyone knows this is a must do thing and why you should even visit Newport, RI. The mansions are truly amazing! My personal favorites fall in the following order:

1. The Breakers (of course)
2. The Elms
3. Marble House
4. Rosecliff
5. Chauteau Sur Mer

I have my own personal reasons for ranking them in that order, but they are definitely all worth seeing and all so very different.

After you are done visiting these 5 mansions, go and drive on Ocean and see the private mega mansions and the coast on your way out! Absolutely amazing!

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“One of the best attractions you will ever see!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2008

The many times I have been to these glorious mansions, I am in awe and so will you be. This is the most beautiful attraction you will ever visit. These houses sit on beautiful Bellevue Ave which is loaded with huge houses that are occupied. The mansions sit on this street in the midst of Salve Regina College. These houses keep in mind were the summer homes of the rich and famous of the Golden Age. The houses are not all open for viewing at the same time. Some are open year round then some are only open in the summer. The Newport Preservation Society (I was a member for two years) does a great job taking care of these places! The mansions are gigantic and each is very different. The best part is they sit on the edge of a the ocean wall and behind them (this is the best part) is Cliff Walk. This path runs the entire length of this street and goes along the ocean and is something you MUST see. You can park at the end of any of the streets behind the mansions and walk along this awesome paved path and get some great pictures. The interiors of these mansions are a site to see. They are decked out in Gilded Age fashion with just remarkable style and luster and I can't even explain it. It is just spectacular and worth every penny. The houses can be purchased via tickets in a visit to three different ones or individually. I purchased a membership since it is almost cheaper to get a membership and also support this great society. You must visit these houses well in Newport! It is absolutely amazing!!

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“A Must Do When in Newport”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2008

It's just amaizing walking through some of the mansions of Newport. The architecture is amaizing. It's the closest thing I've seen to some of the European architecture. You just don't see things built like this anymore. One could only immagine living in a glorious home like this. Touring the mansions brought me back to the time when I toured Versaille in Paris.

I think visiting the mansions in Newport is also a must becuase it gives you a better sense of the town. You can do so many other things in Newport, but you can't get a full feel for the town without visiting the mansions.

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