The Breakers

The Breakers, Newport: Hours, Address, The Breakers Reviews: 4.5/5

The Breakers
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century. The Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.
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chrish574
Burbank, CA163 contributions
Jun 2021
The Breakers is stunning! There is so much to see! I downloaded the free "Newport Mansions" app and listened to the tour on my phone -- I highly recommend the app if you’d like to hear all the details about the architecture, furnishings, the Vanderbilt family plus very interesting stories from the staff members that worked there in the 1800s. I came with a big group and some of ur group explored the mansion the whole time, some enjoyed some refreshments at the cafe, and some enjoyed taking the views from the beautiful grounds. So many good options! I am so glad I to visit this beautiful place.
Written June 25, 2021
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alkimadrid
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania459 contributions
May 2022
What a place! The story of the place is very interesting but what is really worth it is the inside of the house, its views and the surrounding garden.
We downloaded the guide from the entrance and toured the house at our own pace while listening to the history of this mansion.
The only disadvantage is the pricey ticket, 29$ per person is a bit too much.
Written May 18, 2022
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Kristen B
53 contributions
Oct 2021
Imagining oneself as regent of venerable opulence is part of the joy of this self guided tour. In my case, although the tour loaded onto my phone, it would not open -so I read my way through the rooms which was OK but not as informative as a good listening experience. As one who has toured Biltmore on numerous occasions I was not shocked by how much the wealthy could spend to create their vision. After all, at a time when federal income taxes were only an ominous portent on the horizon, there was money to spend and what better way than to adorn the ceilings with frescoes and stained glass. And who wouldn't want a dining table to seat 16? The Breakers, aptly named for a water view especially appreciated from the open air loggia at the rear of the building, must have been a joy when the "cottage" was inhabited during the warmer seasons. If I could have I would have toured twice to enjoy the flavors of a rich experience and to consider how fortunate we are that the wealthy were allowed to thrive during the Gilded Age. Without their ability to finance a creation like The Breakers we would not have a living monument to that unique time. Free parking was just across the street. Getting there early during high tourist season will practically guarantee a parking space. I paid $34. to see two mansions.
Written October 17, 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,863 contributions
Apr 2022
I visited The Breakers in April 2022. I arrived in the parking lot at 9:30 am and there were plenty of parking spaces. The Breakers opened at 10 am and I was able to buy my ticket. I bought a ticket for one mansion for $26 with the option to upgrade to a second mansion for another $8. It was not that crowded during the opening at 10 am but became very crowded later. I did the self-guided tour - the Great Hall and Staircase, various rooms (such as the Parlor, Dining Room, Bathroom, Bedrooms, Kitchen and many others), stained glass, fancy chandeliers, a view of the ocean, etc. It was such a fantastic place. If you can visit only one mansion, choose The Breakers. There was a nice book and gift shop. I recommend getting here early like I did. Later on it was much more crowded and there were not any parking places in the parking lot.
Written May 2, 2022
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Greg Harris
Yonkers, NY1,105 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The Breakers is an absolute gorgeous and immaculate Gilded Age mansion located in Newport Rhode Island.

I brought and treated my wife and myself for a self guided tour of the Breakers during our honeymoon in September of 2018.

The Breakers was designed by Richard Morris Hunt, an eminent 19th Century architect, built between 1893 and 1895, and served as the summer residence for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, a wealthy American businessman and a member of the prominent Vanderbilt Family.

Upon visiting the Breakers, both my wife and I were immediately struck and captivated by its elegant beauty and grandeur, and were definitely impressed with its Greek and Roman architectural features.

In addition to its architecture, my wife and I were also mesmerized by the mansion’s numerous well crafted and highly decorative furnishings such as its furniture and chandeliers.

We also loved that the estate provides its guests and visitors with a wonderful view of Easton’s Bay of the Atlantic Ocean.

My wife and I highly recommend for everyone to visit the Breakers, a truly majestic attraction and what many consider to be the “grandest of all summer cottages!!!”
Written November 19, 2021
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John A
Providence, RI200 contributions
Jul 2021
Because of COVID things have changed. The tours are more or less self guided. There are audio devices available, but we were not offered them. We walked around with a guide, who was sort of knowledgeable, but did not have all the information I would expect. I was surprised to learn, tho, that Gloria Vanderbilt was born in this house, who is Anderson Cooper from CNN's mother.

The grounds are beautiful. The upkeep on the house is AMAZING! Hats off to the Newport Historical Society for maintaining these houses to the extent that they do.

It was a wonderful fall afternoon touring thru this house (which is technically a "summer home for the rich and famous."

When you pay for your ticket, you get an additional pass that allows you to get another ticket to see any other Newport mansion at 1/2 price. So if you're visiting, this is definitely a good value. Check it out. Its definitely a summer / fall jaunt!
Written September 12, 2021
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Wallyworld59
New York City, NY193 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
This is a very fun place to visit in Newport. We accessed it from the cliff walk. They are very good about accommodating crowds while maintaining COVID-19 safe practices. There is an entrance fee, and you can purchase combination access to other Newport mansions while you’re at it. It is beautiful! Well maintained and interesting. Also, visit the gardens surrounding the mansion. There is a free app you can get that guides your tour. There are also written interpretive materials inside. They have a nice gift shop and some food for purchase.
Written October 24, 2020
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thomas a
New Jersey1,031 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
This place is astonishing. Having been to Italy and France in the past it’s weird seeing something like this in our own country! It is absolutely beautiful. Tickets are 26 dollars a person but there are no time slots so you can spend as much time as you want on the grounds. You do have to wear a mask while inside. The rooms were gorgeous. I really wish I could have seen the upstairs!
Written October 19, 2021
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Ruyhies
Santee, CA67 contributions
Dec 2021
I loved that you could go at your own pace. Rooms were well marked and you could listen on your cell phone the description of each one. There were also extra stories you could listen to telling a bit more about the room or the life of those who lived or worked in the home. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas which was why I planned our trip this time of the year. We visited early December on a Tuesday and were delighted there was not a large amount touring so we had time to look and take things in. So glad we came and appreciate the Historical Society for all they do!
Written December 22, 2021
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Nikki P
2 contributions
Sep 2020
The view over the breakers provided the backyard and cliff walk, which allowed us to explore and we had the best time on the cliff walk. We even joined some people exploring the rocks and swimming in the water. I have memorable photos and videos of the mansions the beautiful designs of the outside and even and experience in the winter when it was designed for the holidays. The cliff walk was so much fun and watching everyone jump into the water was exciting. It was also nice to walk and visit the nearby beach. We had a wonderful time sailing on the "Starlight" and we even explored a "murder mystery train where actors performed while we ate dinner and enjoyed the ride. I have always have a wonderful time there and hope to be visiting very soon as this past year has thrown travel plans off!
Written August 11, 2021
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