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Inside “The Gilded Age” Tour

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Marble House 596 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
The Elms 367 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
The Breakers 44 Ochre Point Ave
Newport, RI 02840
Chateau-sur-Mer 474 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
May 12 – July 14, 2023 Fridays 1:15pm - 4:45pm
  • Advanced 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 02840.
  • Maximum of 12 people per tour. Minimum of 6 persons required to operate tour. A full refund will be provided if tour is canceled.
  • $250 Adult ages 13-up only
  • $200 Preservation Society members
This fast-paced tour is 3.5 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 guided tour of locations in the Newport Mansions where the series was filmed – from the ballroom where Gladys Russell made her society debut to the kitchen where the household staff works and gossips. Your guide will share stories about the real-life people who lived in the mansions and inspired many of the characters in “The Gilded Age,” as well as give you the inside scoop on what it takes to host a major television production.

You’ll visit The Elms, location of Gladys Russell’s bedroom and the Russell family’s kitchen and pantry in their New York mansion. Then it’s on to Marble House to see Mr. Russell’s bedroom, as well as the grand bedroom that was the inspiration for Bertha Russell’s room, the backstairs and Mrs. Astor’s kitchen.

During your stop at Chateau-sur-Mer, the exterior of which was used as Mrs. Astor’s cottage, you’ll visit multiple settings shown in many scenes, including the distinctive stair hall with its “Tree of Life” mural and the dining room and ballroom used during Mrs. Fish’s doll tea party. You’ll also see Agnes van Rhijn’s bedroom, Oscar’s bedroom, Mrs. Morris’s bedroom and Mr. Morris’s office. After such a whirlwind, you’ll enjoy lemonade and cookies 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 Gladys made her society debut and mother Bertha had her first social triumph in the Season 1 finale.

Tour Includes:

  • Transportation – Pick up & drop off at Gateway Transportation Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, RI 02840.
  • As you travel from mansion to mansion, enjoy a colorful narration of Newport’s history as a summer resort.
  • 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
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“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 episodes with our Episode Deep Dive.

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