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Rosecliff Tours

Rosecliff
Set among the many mansions on Newport’s Bellevue Avenue, Rosecliff was often the setting of lavish parties, including an evening featuring famous magician Harry Houdini. But the property wasn’t always quite so grand. The story begins in the late 1880s when Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs spent a summer in Newport and met her husband Hermann Oelrichs at Rosecliff. A year after they were married, the couple bought the mansion and additional property along Bellevue Avenue.

In 1899, the couple hired an architect and commissioned a home modeled after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. It took three years to complete at a cost of $2.5 million. Rosecliff’s last private owners, Mr. and Mrs. J. Edgar Monroe of New Orleans, later donated the furnished home to The Preservation Society of Newport County in 1971. 

If you find the estate looks amazingly familiar on your first visit, don’t be alarmed. Scenes from many movies, including The Great Gatsby, True Lies, Amistad and 27 Dresses, were shot here.

Practical Info

An audio tour is included with admission to Rosecliff. Plan for an hour and a half to explore the estate. The operating schedule at Rosecliff varies according to the season, and free off-street parking is available. Children are welcome, but strollers are not permitted inside the mansion.
Address: 584 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Hours: Vary
Admission: Varie
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Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour

Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour

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Hop into a pedicab for a private tour of Newport, Rhode Island. Your personal guide, who navigates through the area for you, tailors the tour to your interests and provides little–known anecdotes about Newport’s rich history. Unlike bus and shuttle tours, pedicab transport affords you unobstructed views of the scenery and plenty of photo opportunities.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$38.00
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Newport Cliff Walk Self-Guided Walking Tour

Newport Cliff Walk Self-Guided Walking Tour

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Newport's Cliff Walk features the raw, untamed, crashing waves of the Atlantic to one side and lavish, man-made Gilded Age mansions to the other. This juxtaposition creates one of the most beautiful scenic walks in the world. Get the most out of the Cliff Walk with this self-guided audio tour, which dives into the Gilded Age and explores the stories behind the Vanderbilts, Astors, and other American millionaires behind mansions like The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, and others. Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a password and an app. Download the app, enter password, & download tour. When you arrive, go to Easton’s Beach or 40 Steps to start the tour. Stick to the tour route for the best experience. Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking! This is not an entrance ticket. Check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$5.99
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Ultimate Newport, RI Self-Guided Tour Package

Ultimate Newport, RI Self-Guided Tour Package

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Explore all of Newport, RI! Experience the iconic Cliff Walk, which winds past famous Gilded Age mansions like The Breakers and Marble House. Then hop into your car and drive down Bellevue Avenue and around Ocean Drive. Learn about the mansions, Newport's historic past, and iconic American millionaires like the Vanderbilts and Astors. This combo package offers the best value for those looking to get the most out of their trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Recommended: Purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen together! Within 30 mins, we'll send you a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone and enter password. Then download the tour inside. When you arrive, head over to the first stop. Once there, launch the app and simply follow the instructions from there! Stick to our recommended route and speed limit for the best experience. The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking! This isn't an entrance ticket. Check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$9.99
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Private Day Trip From Boston to the Newport Mansions

Private Day Trip From Boston to the Newport Mansions

Visit Newport, Rhode Island and its historic mansions on a private full-day tour from Boston. Relax in a deluxe vehicle with your own private driver who takes you to the elegant mansions that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. You can tour the mansions (own expense), stroll around the grounds and the Cliff Walk, and have lunch in Newport, where many restaurants serve up fresh seafood and more.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$850.00
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Rosecliff hours of operation?
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Rosecliff hours of operation: Vary. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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