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History of Newport and the Mansions
Founded in 1639, Newport was an important port city, a center of the slave trade, a fashionable resort and the summer home of the Gilded Age rich.
What was the Gilded Age?
The Gilded Age was a period of unprecedented change in America. Fortunes were spent on luxuries such as the lavish "summer cottages" of Newport.
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The best way to appreciate the splendor of the Newport Mansions is through an exclusive visit. The Preservation Society of Newport County offers a menu of distinctive opportunities to engage with expert interpreters and enjoy rare experiences.
Imagine a Personal Tour with your very own guide narrating compelling stories as they lead you through a mansion. Perhaps upgrade that experience and have a mansion all to yourself with a Private tour. Or, for the ultimate experience, take a VIP Access Tour that offers exclusive admission to areas not open to the public.
“It is not about finding a place that no one has been to. It’s about when you’re in these places, making them your own and making your experience something unique to you” – Diana Hechler, travel advisor and author.
An experienced guide will lead you and your guests through a Gilded Age world of exceptional elegance and grandeur. Explore the opulent rooms, architecture, art, interior design and landscapes inspired by the grand palaces of Italy and France. You will also learn about the families that lived, loved and entertained within these large “summer cottages”. The guide will be exclusive to your group to personalize the tour and answer questions.
Personal Tours are offered only at houses that are currently open and during normal operating hours while the general public is also visiting.
1 to 5 persons: $600; 6 to 12 persons: $950
1 to 5 persons: $900; 6 to 12 persons: $1,600
Envision you and your guests exploring a Gilded Age mansion when it is closed to the public. Your Private guide will lead you through the exquisitely furnished settings where the legendary families such as the Vanderbilts or Berwinds spent their summers in astonishing luxury. You’ll learn about the heirlooms and artworks that fill these rooms, and hear the stories of railroad tycoons and dollar princesses, yachtsmen, heiresses, merchants and many more.
Private Tours are only offered at 9am at the houses that are currently open for the season. The houses open to the public at 10am.
1 to 12 persons: $1,500
Two Properties (separate days)
1 to 12 persons: $2,500
For the ultimate experience, this tour offers house tours with the addition of exclusive access to an area not open to the public. You and your guests will enjoy a three-hour escorted tour that will allow you to visit Newport Mansions properties and view an area not seen by the typical visitor. Whether your interest is in touring our Greenhouses, our Conservation Studio, The Elms Stable, or the attic of The Breakers, this exclusive opportunity allows you to see the Newport Mansions from a new perspective. Our skilled staff will provide you with suggestions for these private areas and will work with you to customize your tour to include a location that you’ve always wanted to see. Please note, depending on your selections, this tour may include several flights of stairs.
Maximum 6 persons per tour
The Newport Mansions offers a unique opportunity to propose marriage to your loved one in one of the most magnificent houses in America: The Breakers. Imagine making your proposal of a lifetime under the serene sky painted on the 50-foot-high ceiling of the opulent Great Hall, or in the intimate Breakfast Room with its exquisite French Decor. It is impossible to imagine a more grandly romantic place to stage your special moment with your life’s love – a moment you will both treasure forever.
Includes the option of two proposal locations at The Breakers:
This includes a Personal Tour of the first floor of The Breakers with a Specialty Tour Guide.
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Parking is free onsite at all properties except for Hunter House and The Breakers Stable & Carriage House, where street parking is available.
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