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Rough Point Tours

Rough Point
Located on Newport’s exclusive Bellevue Avenue, Rough Point is the oceanfront summer estate of philanthropist and 20th century heiress Doris Duke. The only child of James Buchanan Duke, (a founder of the American Tobacco Company, the Duke Power Company, and a benefactor of Duke University) she inherited an estate estimated at $80 million when she was just 12 years old.

Doris Duke founded the Newport Restoration Foundation and spent much of her fortune restoring colonial buildings in the area. She also traveled the world, collecting art and furniture, some of which was used to furnish Rough Point. Duke left the estate to the Newport Restoration Foundation to be opened as a museum. Rough Point is still decorated as it was when she called it home. Duke also donated more than $400 million to assorted charities during her lifetime.

Group tours are offered April through November. They last approximately 75 minutes and cover the first floor, Doris Duke’s bedroom and special exhibition galleries. Along with touring the mansion’s interiors, be sure to spend time exploring the Rough Point Gardens. The Formal Gardens feature more than 35 different varieties of dahlias. Vegetables grown in The Kitchen Garden are shared with local food banks, staff and used in educational programs.

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The operating hours at Rough Point varies according to the time of year. Parking is available at the property and the estate is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.
Address: 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Hours: Vary
Admission: Adults: $25
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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
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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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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 Rough Point hours of operation?
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Rough Point 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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