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The Elms, Newport, RI
+1 401-847-1000
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Servants Life Tour at The Elms

We took the self guided tour earlier in the day and signed up for the Servants Life Tour at The... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2017
Methuen, Massachusetts
My husband and I

This tour is excellent and a lot of fun. Mariette is very knowledgeable. We were able to go out... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2016
Janet E
Atlanta, Georgia
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20 Jun 2017
“Servants Life Tour at The Elms”
29 Nov 2016
“My husband and I”
The Elms, Newport, RI
+1 401-847-1000

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Reviewed 21 June 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

Thank S9663
Reviewed 29 November 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

Thank Janet E
Reviewed 23 July 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

Thank Heidi-ready-2-travel
Reviewed 13 September 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

4  Thank Alyssa K
Reviewed 3 September 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

3  Thank CarpeDiem5D
Reviewed 1 September 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.

1  Thank atty81
Reviewed 1 September 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

2  Thank GreatTravel001
Reviewed 30 August 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

2  Thank DODGER3
Reviewed 28 July 2014

After we had used all 5 of our 'package' tours, we paid extra for this one and it turned out to be the most fascinating of all. We went from the roof top to the sub-basement and saw how the house was run 'as if...More

4  Thank Sonja B
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Informative tour: $15 adults, $5 kids, lasts about 1 1/2 hr. The tour begins by climbing several staircases but an elevator is available should someone need it. Tour is given by a guide who describes the lives, living conditions, duties, and restrictions of servants during...More

2  Thank Kris91
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