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Newport Mansions

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Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-1000

In Newport, RI, the leading architects of the 19th and early 20th centuries...

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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We were looking for a quick getaway from nyc, to go with a baby. If your baby will tolerate being held or worn, it is a wonderful few days away. We went for three days and did one... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were looking for a quick getaway from nyc, to go with a baby. If your baby will tolerate being held or worn, it is a wonderful few days away. We went for three days and did one mansion a day, rosecliff, the elms and the breakers. The elms was my favorite, the breakers is by far the grandest mansion.... More 

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St. George, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I would say that this is a good activity if you are in Newport on a rainy day. Not top on my list but if it's raining why not. You will see some interesting architecture and decor.

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

These fabulous mansions are a full size time capsule of an era of opulence and wealth that existed at the end of the 19th century and into the early 1900's. To see the beauty of these great buildings, and hear the stories of the owners, their families, and those who built and maintained the massive structures is interesting and educational.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful day of soaking in the architecture and ambiance of the Titans of industry as evidenced by the over-the-top display of the Gilded Age. Visiting The Breakers, Marble House and Rosecliff were well worth the price of admission and the time spent. Not knowing my traveling partners patience for touring I did the tour of each mansion... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fascinating to see how the rich lived "back in the day" All these homes are breathtaking. Hard to believe people lived such an opulent lifestyle.

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Maple Valley, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These Mansions were incredible! We bought the 5 Mansion packages. The Breakers was just beautiful. Standing on the terrace over looking the Atlantic gave me chills thinking about the Vanderbilt families that were so fortunate to have lived there. The Elms, Marble House, Kingscote and Rosecliff were all very beautiful. They have been preserved by the Historical Society. Some are... More 

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We bought tickets to see two houses, and would have appreciated a bit of advice on which two to choose; but the person at the desk didn't seem to have time to chat. Maybe we were one of the few who haven't been there before?

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pace yourself for an untold recounting of vast wealth! After 3, it became somewhat overwhelming! And to think the owners lived there only 6 or so weeks a year and then traveled to another! The preservation is absolutely gorgeous! The vastness, the glitz and glamour. The audio tour is great if you're alone - we found it more enjoyable to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the visit and every penny paid for admission! Newport Mansions are magnificent, well taken care of and beautiful. The self guided tours are not offered in every mansion which is a pity especially for visitors that are not fluent in English.

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Inverness, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Breakers and Marblehouse. It was an enlightening experience to realize that people really lived like this! The audio tour is very well done.


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