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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
+1 401-253-2707
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Blithewold, named in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New England is located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston. Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring - and unique to Blithewold. Come...and be inspired.
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101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
+1 401-253-2707
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Really enjoyed touring this lovely mansion in Bristol, RI. This estate has all of it's original furniture and a great history. Strolling through the gardens which take you down to the bayside is a treat.

Thank DebEM2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going to Blithewold for many, many years. It floundered in the late 90's and was rescued by a band of neighbors working together to save this important landmark. Not only were they successful, but it has flourished under the watchful brilliant eye...More

Thank Stephanb1126
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Blithewold Mansion and Gardens with a friend while I was on vacation in Rhode Island. The mansion has some interesting history behind it and is very different compared to the much larger & opulent mansions of Newport. This was a smaller mansion...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing building and grounds. Wonderful family story as well. Make sure you walk around the outside because it's gorgeous.

Thank GFamNaples
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous ocean front mansion surrounded by phenomenal flower gardens. Very well maintained property inside and out. Absolutely beautiful, totally relaxing. Beautiful walk on a summer day. Lovely gift shop.

Thank Cathyandrich
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Attended a wedding that was supposed to be outside but was moved indoors due to rain. Staff seemed to be very confused and even tried to move it outside again before it started raining. Hard to walk to the locations in the rain especially on...More

Thank Dad527
Reviewed 16 August 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a spectacular wedding at this location. The staff was well trained and professional. The food and beverage service was excellent. Everyone seemed to enjoy their experience there.

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Be aware the house closes at 4:00 so we were not able to tour it. Instead we walked the spectacular grounds with many specimen trees (e.g. The largest Sequoia east of the Mississippi 90 feet tall) after an "honor system" payment. The bamboo grove was...More

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 8 August 2017

expansive grounds, multitasking vegetation just abound. Every month there is different flowering beauty. The ocean view and the quiet, help you find inner peace. The mansion owned by just one family since 1894, impresses you with the ability to see yourself residing in this lovely...More

1  Thank TheMorleys52
Reviewed 19 July 2017

The Mansion was lovely and the staff was kind. The expanse of lawn from back of the mansion to Narragansett Bay was beautiful. My favorite sight was the eye catching Giant Sequoia at the front of the mansion. Another favorite was the Manchurian Walnut tree....More

1  Thank carole c
Blithewold M, Public Relations Manager at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Hi Carole, You wrote such a lovely review. The staff was kind, the Great Lawn was beautiful, Giant Sequioa and the Manchurian walnut were your favorites and the campers were having a good time. I'm so glad that you had such a pleasant day! Thanks...More

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Theresa H
24 December 2016|
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Response from Blithewold M | Property representative |
Hi there, About 45 minutes for the inside of the house and another 30-45 if you tour the grounds. Have fun!!
7 July 2016|
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Response from Blithewold M | Property representative |
Hi Nannastam, We're so happy you're considering a visit to Blithewold. We've recently installed a permanent ramp and widened some of the doorways into the Mansion, to allow for easier access for folks with wheelchairs and... More
21 August 2015|
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Response from AmandaRhodeIsland | Reviewed this property |
During visiting hours you must purchase a ticket the ticket includes the mansion and the gardens . When the mansion is closed the box is a honor system to view the gardens .