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Review of Newport Mansions

Newport Mansions
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$780.00*
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Private Day Trip From Boston to the Newport...
Ranked #12 of 56 Tours in Newport
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I completely enjoyed visiting the mansions and summer homes in Newport. I purchased a membership to the Newport Preservation Society in advance and saw every home available. Great fun!

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We took a day-trip from Boston to RI, did a little research and decided the mansions and the Ocean Drive would give a good feel for the area. We headed straight to the Newport Visitor Centre and bought the 5-mansion pass as we'll return at some point, however it's worth noting it never expires so if you're visiting from overseas it still maybe worth considering. Purchasing from the Visitor Centre also avoids all the queues at the mansions, which can be considerable.

We toured the Elms as we wanted to combine with the Servants Tour. The main tour is a self-paced/guided audio tour, which is an excellent way to take in as much/little of the house as you like, depending on your appetite for history. An incredible display of wealth and opulence and a real insight into how the wealthy of that era lived. As others have mentioned, there's no a/c and a small lift so consider this when visiting in the summer months and if access is an issue.

We also purchased the Servants Tour. Note: you can only purchase these tickets at The Elms so get there early, buy your tickets for a later tour and then take your time with the main self-paced tour. Our tour-guide was Ray, a very knowledgeable guide with some great stories. If you have the time, take this tour as it gives you a very interesting and contrasting perspective.

The ocean drive is also worth it, although it's not easy gawping at the mansions and driving at the same time!

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

We toured the Elms, Breakers, Marble and the Topiary Animal Garden. But we paid extra for the servant's tour at the Elms and it was by FAR my favorite part, even after being treated like crap by the staff at the Elms when inquiring about it. The tour guide was great and it was fascinating to see where and how the servants lived and to hear about the work they did every day. Totally worth the extra money. The tour did include climbing four flights of stairs with no prior warning. The animal topiary garden is also a must see. I liked it better than the three big mansions. I didn't expect to react this way but I was sort of disgusted by the opulence and excess. No AC. Easy parking at all locations.

Thank afonk
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We caught the yellow bus from the visitors centre in the middle of Newport, where we were able to park the car for the whole day for just $2. Excellent value. We decided to just do the two mansions and walked between the two, lunching at the Chinese Pagoda at the Marble House.
Stepping into the Breakers was like walking into an extravagant film set with all the styles from the different centuries mixed into one. Beautiful marble everywhere and all the conveniences at the time incorporated into both houses. You cannot take photos inside either of the mansions, even without flash, and the souvenirs could be pricey. However the setting of these mansions were superb with lovely views over the ocean.

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Took our pre teen daughter to the mansions when visiting Rhode Island. Since history is not really my thing, I was not looking forward to it. Boy, was I surprised! I thoroughly enjoyed it and still talk about it now, one year later. They are self guided tours. You go at your own pace as directed from the tape you are listening to. There is so much to be learned from the different types of rooms. The kitchen was one of my favorites. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous and memories are stored to be later cherished. We did have a problem with the head sets, but they were quickly changed and you were able to find your place without a problem. Elevators are available if you are like me and have trouble climbing steps.

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