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Newport Mansions

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

I have wanted to visit these mansions for decades, and finally managed to see two of them last week. I am so surprised at the folks who managed to do 5 mansions in one day! We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have wanted to visit these mansions for decades, and finally managed to see two of them last week. I am so surprised at the folks who managed to do 5 mansions in one day! We did these two, and had enough input to want to put some space between visiting more of them the next time. The Breakers was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here with our teenage girls. They had seen enough after 2 houses. Went to The Breakers and Marble House. You get a individual audio tours at each house. There is good parking straight across the road from both houses and a good bus service as well. The parking is free. We booked our tickets on line which made it... More 

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Saddle Brook, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited two houses or mansions :) it's funny to hear that these were actually Vanderbilt's summer cottages. So we saw the Breakers and Marble House. Take the self guided tour with headphones it will tell you everything room by room. They have it in different languages too. I feel like 2houses a day is enough. Just the Breakers will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Newport is famous for its beautiful mansions. No trip to Newport would be complete without touring the stately homes and seeing the private ones from the curb.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

People live in these massive places. So beautiful, the ambiance, the architecture, it's all so awe inspiring, its hard to explain in a review. Just driving it is so nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Take the time to appreciate what was done in the past that cannot be repeated today. I've toured many mansions - the Biltmore in NC, Hearst Castle for example. We got in at the end of the day to tie The Breakers. Well worth it to see this elaborate summer home. Beautiful glimpse into the past! We did the family... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to visit at least 5 of the 9 houses managed by the Society and the docent at The Elms explained how a Dual membership for $75 would be our best buy. We not only get admission to all the houses for a year, but we received a free pass for a future guest and discounts in the gift... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The homes are beautiful, stunning, extravagant. It's hard to believe it was for one family and only lived in for 6-12 weeks a year! Also hard to grasp the wealth it took to maintain a property and lifestyle like this, but is so fun to enter their world and go back in time to a fascinating and exciting time in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting mansions in Newport, RI is absolute must. I recommend taking a 3 hours bus tour from the Visitors Center in the Newport Marina, next to the Marriott hotel (cost $41 per person). Half of the tour is a ride around the island with narrated view of the mansions. The second half is the self-guided tour of one of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great to see architectural designs and tastes. If you intend to see more than two as a couple recommend gettingthe Newport preservation society membership. $75 for a couple and worth it.

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