Welcome to the Newport Mansions
The Preservation Society of Newport County is a private non-profit institution dedicated to historic preservation. We invite you to come and explore our eleven properties, representing more than 250 years of social, architectural and landscape history in one of America's most historically intact cities.
Self-guided audio tours are provided at The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff. Audio tours are available in multiple languages, and printed scripts are also available in several languages.
Guided tours are provided at Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House and Kingscote. A self-guided tour is available of the garden and Brayton estate house at Green Animals Topiary Garden. Detailed garden maps are distributed to our visitors to enjoy the garden at your leisure.
We also offer a behind-the-scenes Servant Life Tour at The Elms, and a new Beneath The Breakers Tour, where you'll see the underground infrastructure and learn about the domestic technology that made the beauty and elegance of the house possible.
Please check the operating schedule to determine which properties will be open when you plan your visit.
Colonial, Victorian, the Gilded Age - Newport has it all, and the Preservation Society offers our visitors a variety of affordable ticket and membership packages. Plan a personal itinerary, design a family vacation or make arrangements for group tours; all the information you need is right here.
Read through our common questions page to find the answers to some of the questions most frequently asked by visitors and to get additional information that will help you plan your trip to the mansions. If you are traveling with young children, please note that strollers and carriages are not permitted inside any of the historic properties.
Invest your vacation dollars in historic preservation by becoming a member of the Preservation Society. Membership provides an annual pass good for unlimited admission to all of the Society's properties, and many other benefits including discounts in the Newport Mansions Stores.
Some of our houses are open seasonally, so please check our Operating Schedule to determine which houses are open and which tours are offered when you are planning to visit.
Take a Photo, Share a Memory
The Preservation Society now allows interior photography for personal use at all the Newport Mansions, with the exception of Hunter House. Photography is only allowed when it does not disrupt the quiet enjoyment of the properties by other visitors. Photography is permitted without flash, tripods or selfie sticks, for non-commercial and social media uses only by visitors. No commercial use or sale of images is permitted without prior written agreement with the Preservation Society.
During guided and group tours, stops for brief photo ops will be allowed as time permits. Guests using audio tour devices may use their own discretion in taking time for photographs unless they delay other guests. Visitors may not record guides giving their presentations. At no time may visitors step beyond the roped boundaries of the tour route. Photo ops may be limited when there is high volume visitation. In all cases, visitors must follow the direction of house staff about photography.
Photography during programs, lectures and receptions will be allowed on a case by case basis.
Visitors to the Newport Mansions are welcome to photograph or videotape the exterior of the houses and their grounds for their own personal use. No commercial use of any photographs taken on the grounds is permitted except with advance written permission from the Preservation Society.
The use of drones over Preservation Society properties, even equipped with smart devices, remains completely prohibited, regardless of whether the controller is on or off Preservation Society property.