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Historical Mansions of Newport

By Viator, May 2014

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No visit to Newport is complete without seeing the city’s magnificent collection of mansions, built by the wealthiest New York families with names like Astor and Vanderbilt, who in the late 19th century chose Newport as their summer resort. These “cottages”, as they were called, were built with no expense spared, commissioning designers to create innovative architectural showcases with lavish interiors filled with imported gold and marble and appointed with hand-painted murals. The grounds themselves are equally impressive in their design and execution, with beautiful terraces and stunning gardens.

Most Newport mansions are on Bellevue Avenue or on the surrounding side streets. Highlights include The Breakers, the Marble House, Rough Point, and the Elms. One of the best ways to see how the wealthy lived is to walk The Cliff Walk. The 3.5-mile (5.6 km) public walkway passes Beechwood, Rosecliff, Marble House, The Breakers, Ochre Coure, and Rough Point, providing not only stunning views of the mansions but also breathtaking vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding shores, as well as dramatic sunsets.

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Newport Mansion Tour Along Ocean Drive

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

The magnificent 19th-century mansions along Newport’s famous Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive) are truly a sight to be seen. On your guided walking tour of The ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 3 - 4.5 hours

From USD $45.00

Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Soak up the beauty of Newport’s famous Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive), offering spectacular wide-open views of the Atlantic, historic landmarks and magnificent ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.00

Newport Segway Tour

Explore Newport on a 1- or 2-hour Segway tour in the morning or afternoon - the choice is yours! On a self-balancing electric Segway, follow a local guide ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 1 hour or 2 hours

From USD $60.00

Newport Holiday Mansions Tour

Visit a historic Newport mansion all decked out for Christmas on this lively evening tour. Choose to visit one or two of the following grand Rhode Island ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00

Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Escape to the lovely coastal city of Newport, Rhode Island, on this day trip that includes both a guided tour and free time. Explore The Breakers mansion, the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.49
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