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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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We went to The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House plus the topiary gardens. The Elms was by far our fave. The other 2--both Vanderbilt homes--are amazing, over the top... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We saw The Breakers and Marble House and thoroughly enjoyed both. The audio tours, which are included in the ticket price, were both excellent. The parking is easy and right across the street. The opulence of both homes is staggering, and we loved seeing them.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House plus the topiary gardens. The Elms was by far our fave. The other 2--both Vanderbilt homes--are amazing, over the top, unimaginably decadent palaces. We could actually imagine humans living in The Elms. The grounds are amazing. We had great weather for Elms and Breakers. The day we went to Marble... More 

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Colonia, New Jersey, USA
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Preservation Society has done a remarkable job at offering these historic home tours. There is something to see and learn at each one and none are repetitive as their architecture, history, status, and site are all unique but it is also fun to learn how they intertwine. Some are self guided tours and others are group tours with a... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the mansions. Timeless elegance and classic good taste combined with history and little nostalgia make for a wonderful day.

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Oxford, Massachusetts
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Having been to Newport many times we had already toured most of the mansions as well as Hunter House, etc. this time we decided to take a new tour called "Under the Breakers." We were fortunate that we had our knowledgeable guide to ourselves on a weekday afternoon. It was fascinating to learn about the issues encountered in running that... More 

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Lakewood, California
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We visited both the Breakers and Marble House. Both have free audio tour equipment which has basic facts and if you want more information you can easily access it. The architecture and materials used are amazing to see from the booked marble walls to the amount of gold leaf to the Platinum wall coverings. The history of the mansions and... More 

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If you're in the area these are well worth visiting. Amazing architecture, beautiful buildings that are kept so well. Worth taking the audio tour cause they explain the rooms and the history of some of the pieces. I wandered around at my own pace, no rush, although they are busy. Interesting look at this era. The Breakers is the most... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently visited Newport, RI for a 6-day getaway. On my first day in town, I had a few hours to kill and decided to check out the Newport Mansions. Rosecliff was closed, so I booked it down the street to Marble House. What a beautiful mansion! I was here to snap some rad photos, but the history nerd in... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Girls day in Newport we took a tour of the servant quarters and enjoyed every minute of it. To see how the laundry was done and all those beauty clothes were ironed pleat by pleat was amazing. The mansions are beautiful.

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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Around 11 mansions are maintained by the Newport historical society that give a glimpse of Newports gilded age. Each is a summer home for a different (but usually connected in some way) family. Most offer self guided tours, while others (such as cheatau de mer) have hourly guided tours. Opening times vary by house and season so check beforehand.

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