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Newport Mansions

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Address: Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
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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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Take a step back in time and enjoy!

Take a step back in time and enjoy some wonderful history. The mansions are impeccable and give you a glimpse into the life of the upper crust back in the day. If you are a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Take a step back in time and enjoy some wonderful history. The mansions are impeccable and give you a glimpse into the life of the upper crust back in the day. If you are a Downton Abbey fan, then the mansion tours are a must do. The self guide tours are great and a wonderful way to tour the homes.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love history, glamour and architecture this place has it all.. I spent 2 days and I did not see all the mansions but I will sure come back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I recently visited the Newport Mansions, the Elms, Breakers and Rosecliff. Simply stunning. The Elms has a servants behind the scenes tour that was great. Jill was our escort. Very nice and knowledgeable. At Rosecliff we met George Holland. He was awesome. Had a lot of knowledge about all the mansions. He was a great help and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go to the visitor's center first to purchase tickets, or buy them at the mansions separately. I bought a 3 house package and it never expires, so despite having a change in plans and only seeing 2 out of 3, I can go back next year and see the 3rd without paying again. Each house has parking available, but it... More 

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Woburn, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the mansions decorated for Christmas/Holidays and they are stunning! Live music and/or live singing would have made the experience extra special. Also, a complimentary candy, cookie or beverage at the end of the tour would have been nice and may have given us the extra energy needed to shop in the mansion gift shops. Overall, the tours of... More 

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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

The mansions are spectacular! Toured the Vanderbilt - interesting to learn the history of the mansion and the family. There are others to tour which we did t have a chance to do. Another must see while you're in Newport.

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Portsmouth, RI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

At least once a year we take an afternoon to visit at least three of the mansions. It is amazing to see how rich people lived more than 100 years ago in their summer cottages. Priceless artifacts, furniture, art and interior designs. Well worth a day of exploring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

These mansions are beautiful & awesome to look at. They have many indicate details to see for example the hinges on the doors have beautiful designs. Good place to take your significant other.

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Augusta, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

We visited here - 4 mansions - using the Winter Passport package from the Preservation Society. The mansions were all decorated with authentic Victorian Christmas ornaments, toys, trees, wreaths, poinsettias - and more! Using the audio and ipad self-guided tour gave great insight and anecdotes for each of the rooms. I especially was impressed with how nicely each of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

With the headphones and audio or iPad at every house, you can move at your own pace and add additional stories as well as you want. The mansions themselves are kept very well and offer a great insight into a bygone era of living. Christmas decorations are amazing

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