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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
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$37.50*
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Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour
Ranked #1 of 119 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 22, 2013

This is an amazing slice of cultural history. Even though it is "the thing to do in Newport" - go. If you can, get there near opening time ((AM?) - fewer people. The audio tour is really quite good.

Thank JimB1952
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

The Breakers is truly a marvel, trying to imagine living in it is almost impossible! It is lavish and guilded all on its own, but the added Christmas decorations in the great hall were really pretty. Personally, I enjoyed the audio tour. It allows everyone to go at their own pace and explore as much or as little as they wish. The guides are informative, interesting, and easy to use.

One thing that bothers me a bit is that it is a no photography zone. If I paid an entrance fee, I would like to make some memories for myself. Yes, the photobooks they sell in the giftshop are lovely (and probably the reason you can't take photos, they want you to purchase these instead) but it just isn't the same as snapping my own picture. Other than that, we had a great visit. And they did lift the photography ban for the special Christmas decor as well as the gingerbread mansion models in the kitchen. Impressive!

Thank EmelyeKay
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

A trip to the Breakers in Newport R.I. is worth 10x the price of admission. The beauty and the lifestyle of America's "royalty" has to be seen to really understand how these people of the late 19th century enjoyed their summer "cottage". Make sure to stop and listen at every station on your headphones. After the mansion tour be sure to spend time on the grounds and then enjoy thr oceanview. All the while you will be thinking- did people really live like this? The answer is yes! There are other mansions in Newport but the Breakers is #1.

Thank Alan3948
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

What a lovely place to see at Christmas time! All lighted and bright, just so pretty to visit. We also took advantage of the three mansion deal and saw two others.

Thank Barbara M
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Gorgeous! Beautiful and impressive on a regular day, it reaches new heights all decked out for the holidays. And they let you take photos on the first floor.

Thank litwit13
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