You should allow 90 minutes to visit each property, permitting your group to enjoy the house, grounds and the Newport Mansions Stores.
Subject to operating schedule, guided tours are provided at Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote and the Brayton estate house at Green Animals Topiary Garden. Guided tours are led by our experienced staff of tour guides. The narrated portion of each tour is approximately 45 minutes in length.
Self-guided audio tours are provided at The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff. Self guided audio tours permit each member of your group to move through the house at their own pace. Audio tours range in length from 30-90 minutes depending upon the interest of the visitor. Audio tours at The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House are also available in French, German and Spanish. At The Breakers, printed tour scripts are also available in Mandarin and Italian. Mandarin audio tours will be available later in 2014.
A self-guided tour
is available of the garden at Green Animals Topiary Garden, with a guided tour of the Brayton Estate house offered several times a day. Detailed garden maps are distributed to our visitors to enjoy the garden at your leisure.
The Elms Lunch and Audio Tour Combo:
Your group can relax and enjoy a mid-day picnic box lunch at The Elms Carriage House Cafe, plus the audio tour of The Elms. Boxed lunch includes your choice of sandwich or salad, a bag of potato chips, and soft drink or bottled water. Seating is available both inside the Carriage House and on the outdoor terrace. Seasonal May through October.
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Student tour groups are always welcome at the Newport Mansions.
The Marble House Mythology and Architecture Tour
is accompanied by a downloadable Teacher Resource Guide
that provides suggested lesson plans, online tours and research material to support RI learning standards for elementary students. Designed for students in grades 4-8, this special tour helps students gain a basic understanding of mythology and architecture through imagery, story, interactive participation and by pre-and post-visit activities. This tour is available daily at 9:30 a.m. with advance reservations.
A Teacher Resource Guide
is also available for the Green Animals History on Site Program,
which enables students to understand the art of gardens. Individual imagination and creativity of students is cultivated through lesson plans and a tour focused on the artistic evaluation of Green Animals Topiary Garden.
Christmas at the Newport Mansions
Celebrate the holiday season at The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House from mid-November through New Year's, when the houses are decorated in festive themes. The houses will sparkle with silver and gold, and rooms are filled with decorated trees, thousands of poinsettia plants, wreaths, garlands and flowers.
Either guided tours or open-house formats may be in effect.
Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions
During Saturday evening open houses in November and December, guests can stroll through the house in the evening while enjoying live music, with a stop for Christmas sweets, eggnog and cider.
The Breakers and Rosecliff are fully wheelchair accessible. The Elms and Marble House are partially accessible.
Audio tours or printed scripts are available in several languages at The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms and Rosecliff. Please ask for details about available options when scheduling your tour.
We will be happy to provide materials to help you promote your group's visit to the Newport Mansions. To request materials, or to arrange a group visit, contact:
The Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 847-2251
Fax: (401) 847-9477
Group Visit Reservation Form
To request a group visit to the Newport Mansions, please download, fill out and submit the appropriate form below.
To qualify for the ADULT GROUP rate, a minimum of 20 persons is required, and all must visit as an organized group with one person responsible for full payment. Driver and escort are complimentary.
Download the Adult Group Reservation Form
To quality for the STUDENT GROUP rate, the group must be affiliated with an educational organization and consist of a minimum of 10 students. For students ages 6-17, one adult chaperone is complimentary and required for every 10 students.
Download the Student Group Reservation Form.
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