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Behind the Scenes

Newport, RI, USA
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Reviewed June 18, 2019

This was a a very good and fun tour. Our guide was great, and the group size was perfect for interesting questions from a variety of people. Seeing one of the gilded age mansions from the “backstairs” was a nice change of pace.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank MaryM66
Reviewed June 22, 2018

The Servant Life Tour and Beneath the Breakers tour were excellent. We especially enjoyed the Servant Life Tour at The Elms. You get to see the basement and the attic. The best part is the fact that you get to a special viewing area at...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Takemetoalaska
Reviewed June 20, 2017

We took the self guided tour earlier in the day and signed up for the Servants Life Tour at The Elms. We were on the last tour of the day and we were the only ones on the tour. Our guide, Chelsea was very informative...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank S9663
Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

This tour is excellent and a lot of fun. Mariette is very knowledgeable. We were able to go out on the roof. She lets her guests ask questions and takes her time making sure you see everything. This house has character and you really get...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Janet E
Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

Travel with 75 year old mom. Staff very accommodating. Allowed use of servants actual elevator from the time. Great tour... interesting perspective. We did the early morning tour... 930. It was nice, only of us... when we were leaving after the regular mansion tour around...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Heidi-ready-2-travel
Reviewed September 13, 2014

I did this tour at the request of my friend I was in Newport with. I had done the mansion tours in years past, so we tried this to do something different. I was really surprised with how much I learned and how much I...More

Date of experience: September 2014
4  Thank Alyssa K
Reviewed September 2, 2014

Step aside antique furnitures and borderline tacky Venus statues! This tour is all about the little people, similar to ones you might see on Downtown Abbey. From where they slept to how they went on strike, this informative tour highlights the stories of some of...More

Date of experience: August 2014
3  Thank CarpeDiem5D
Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

This was worth the extra time and stair climbing. We enjoyed the grounds and rooftop views of the water, and the staff stories. I felt a little pushed along because other tours were coming behind us.

Date of experience: August 2014
1  Thank atty81
Reviewed September 1, 2014

Enjoyed seeing “behind the scenes” - very interesting to see the staff’s quarters, learn a little about their life histories and their contributions to the running of the household. Enjoyed seeing the machinations that Mr. Berwind put in place to make sure visitors did not...More

Date of experience: August 2014
2  Thank GreatTravel001
Reviewed August 30, 2014

Given the excellent review by others, we were surprised that our tour was so empty. We left lacking an appreciation for the servant's life. Yes, we were shown bedrooms and boiler rooms, and told that servants tried once to unionize. But those bedrooms and boiler...More

Date of experience: August 2014
2  Thank DODGER3
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