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Marble House Tours

Marble House
The 50-room Marble House, one of the first Beaux-Arts structures in the US, was built between 1888 and 1892 as the Gilded Age summer cottage for William and Alva Vanderbilt. Inspired by the Petit Trianon in Versailles, the $11 million mansion made mostly of marble became a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
 
The Basics
The Preservation Society of Newport County operates 11 Newport Mansions properties, including Marble House. A single house admission ticket to Marble House includes an audio tour, but you can also opt for a 2- or 5-house ticket, if you plan to visit other properties, including The Breakers, The Elms, or Rosecliff. Many guided Newport Mansions tours, including day trips from Boston, package entrance to both Marble House and The Breakers.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Marble House is a must-visit for history buffs and first-time Newport visitors.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb stairs.
  • Give yourself about an hour to 90 minutes to tour the house.
  • Marble House is partially wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
While most visitors drive to Marble House and other Newport Mansions—there’s free off-street parking at all but Hunter House—it’s also possible to ride the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority trolley from the Newport Visitors Center. Most of the houses are within walking distance of each other.
 
When to Get There
Marble House is open daily throughout the year, though hours change depending on the season. Since Marble House kicked off the trend of building lavish mansions in Newport, it’s a good one to see first, if you’re planning to tour more than one historic property.
 
An Extravagant Birthday Present
William Vanderbilt, grandson of steamship and railroad tycoon Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, gave Marble House to his wife Alva as a gift for her 39th birthday. By 1895, the couple had divorced, and Alva moved down the street to Belcourt. Upon William’s death, she returned to Marble House before eventually selling it to Frederick H. Prince in 1932. In 1963, the house became the property of the Preservation Society.
Address: 596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA
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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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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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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. Here's how it works: Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter password, and download the tour. Head to Easton’s Beach or 40 Steps, start the tour, and follow the instructions! Password is valid for 30 days from Travel Date. This is not an entrance ticket. Check pandemic 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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US$5.99
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Ultimate Newport, RI Self-Guided Tour Package

Ultimate Newport, RI Self-Guided Tour Package

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. This self-guided audio tour allows you to explore Newport’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility and value. Recommended: Purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen at the same time! Within 30 mins, we'll send you a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone and enter the 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.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$9.99
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