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Inside “The Gilded Age” Tour

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The Elms 367 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
Marble House 596 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
Chateau-sur-Mer 474 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
The Breakers 44 Ochre Point Ave
Newport, RI 02840
September 3 – 27, 2024
  • Tour offered Tuesdays & Fridays only, September 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24 & 27, 1:15 pm - 5 pm
  • Advance ticket purchase only.
  • Tour appropriate for ages 13 and above.
  • Transportation: Pick up & drop off at Gateway Transportation Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, RI. Please be ready for pick-up at 1:15 pm.
  • Maximum of 12 people per tour. Minimum of 6 persons required to operate tour. A full refund will be provided if tour is canceled.
  • To receive the membership discount, members must log in at as a member or call (401) 847-1000, ext. 111.
  • $250 Non-members, per person
  • $200 Preservation Society members, per person
This tour is 3.75 hours in length and includes a significant amount of walking and climbing multiple flights of stairs.

Fans of HBO’s “The Gilded Age” will love this guide-led tour of locations in the Newport Mansions where the Emmy-winning series was filmed. Your guide will share stories about the real-life people who lived in the mansions and inspired many of the characters in the show. And you’ll get the inside scoop on what it takes to host a major television production!

You’ll visit The Elms, which did double duty as the Russell family’s Newport cottage as well as places in their New York mansion including Gladys Russell’s bedroom and the kitchen where the household staff works and gossips. Then it’s on to Marble House to see Mr. Russell’s bedroom, the Dining Room where Bertha Russell hosted a dinner for the Duke of Buckingham, the grand bedroom that was the inspiration for Bertha’s room, and the kitchen, which appeared as Mrs. Astor’s kitchen in her Newport home.

During your stop at Chateau-sur-Mer, the exterior of which appeared as Mrs. Astor’s cottage, you’ll see the distinctive Stair Hall with its “Tree of Life” mural; the Dining Room and Ballroom used for Mrs. Fish’s doll tea party; and several bedrooms that appear in the van Rhijn and Morris households. Then it’s time to enjoy cookies and beverages on the porch!

Finally, you’ll visit The Breakers to see the Billiard Room, where Mr. Russell conducted ruthless business dealings, and the Russells’ ballroom where guests danced during Gladys’ debutante ball and Bertha had her first social triumph.

Tour includes:

  • Transportation: Pick-up (1:15 pm sharp!) & drop-off at Gateway Transportation Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, RI.
  • Visits to select rooms in The Elms, Marble House, Chateau-sur-Mer & The Breakers that are featured in HBO’s “The Gilded Age.”
  • Refreshments on the porch at Chateau-sur-Mer.
  • 10% discount in the Newport Mansions Stores at The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff or Bannister’s Wharf.

“The Gilded Age” on HBO

“Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes chose the Newport Mansions to provide authentic scenery for his historical drama “The Gilded Age.” Explore the backstories behind each episode with our Deep Dive into the Show.

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