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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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Groups can be scheduled to visit The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff and Green Animals Topiary Garden. Please check our Operating Schedule to see if a house is open on the date you want to schedule.
Please allow approximately 90 minutes to visit each house, including travel time to other Newport Mansions. Allow for more travel time if visiting Green Animals Topiary Garden, which is 30 minutes north of Newport.
Interior tours are self-guided using the free Newport Mansions audio tour app. Guests are encouraged to download the audio tour prior to arrival and bring their own earbuds. For those who prefer not to listen to the audio, one-use printed scripts are available. Newport Mansions no longer provide audio tour headsets and audio players.
Download our tour app before your visit and bring your earbuds.
Adult Group rates are based on a minimum of 20 persons with advance reservation, visiting as a qualified professional travel group with one person responsible for full payment. Driver and escort are complimentary.
All tours are self-guided using the free Newport Mansions app. Guests are encouraged to download the app and audio tour prior to arrival and bring their own earbuds. For those who prefer not to listen to the audio, one-use printed tour scripts are available. The Newport Mansions no longer provide audio tour players and headsets.
On our mobile app, audio tours of The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House are available in English, French, German, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Audio tours of Rosecliff are in English only. Written transcripts of the audio tours are available in other languages.
For group tour support and services in the greater Newport area, please go to Discover Newport
Student Group rates are based on a minimum of 10 students. We require one adult chaperone for every 10 students and those chaperones are admitted complimentary. Additional adults are admitted at the Adult Group rate. Students must be affiliated with an educational organization.
All tours are self-guided using the free Newport Mansions app. Teachers, chaperones and students are encouraged to download the app and audio tour prior to arrival and bring their own earbuds. If students do not have their own device, we suggest teachers and chaperones split into small groups and play the tour on low volume. The Newport Mansions no longer provide audio tour players and headsets.
To ensure a safe, productive and enjoyable learning experience for your students, please review our field trip guidelines.
The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff and Green Animals Topiary Garden are partially accessible for mobility devices. Our other houses are not currently accessible.
Newport is an historic city with narrow roads and residential dwellings, so there are many rules and regulations for motorcoaches. To review Newport’s maps, rules and regulations for motorcoaches, please download the brochure Touring Newport by Motorcoach.
Your cooperation with these ordinances is much appreciated.
With the exception of Green Animals Topiary Garden and Hunter House, all properties are located on or directly off Bellevue Avenue.
From Points South, (New York City, Mystic, CT)
1-95 North to RI Exit 7A (Route 138 East). Follow signs for the Newport (Pell) Bridge. Take first exit off bridge (Scenic Newport). Turn right at end of exit ramp. Go straight through first light. Turn right at second light, America’s Cup Ave. Follow America’s Cup Ave. along waterfront, at the 7th light bear left uphill. At 2nd light, take right onto Bellevue Ave.
From Points North, (Boston Area)
Route 93 South to Route 128 South to Route 24 South to Route 195 West, returning to Route 24 South. Take Route 138 South. Follow directions “From Route 138 South” below.
From Cape Cod
Route 195 West to Route 24 South (Exit 14A) to Route 138 South. Follow directions “From 138 South” below.
Route 195 East to Route 24 South (Exit 14A), to Route 138 South. Follow directions “From 138 South” below.
From Route 138 South
After 8 miles, turn left at first light (Dunkin Donuts on your right) onto Route 138A (Aquidneck Ave.) At second light, turn left. Bear right past beach and uphill on Memorial Blvd. At top of hill, turn left onto Bellevue Ave.
From the intersection of Memorial Blvd. and Bellevue Ave., head south 1.1 mile on Bellevue Ave., turn left onto Ruggles Ave. Turn left onto Ochre Point Ave. then left into the motor coach parking lot. This entrance and parking area is for motor coaches only, and is well marked. The motor coach parking lane runs along the perimeter of The Breakers parking lot; coaches should park on the left side of the parking lane, and disembark passengers there. Parking of motor coaches on Ochre Point Avenue is not allowed, per city ordinance.
From the intersection of Memorial Blvd. and Bellevue Ave., head south 0.35 of a mile on Bellevue Ave., Turn right onto Bellevue Court, adjacent to The Elms, and park in coach parking area at the end of the road. Groups disembark and embark here and then walk to the front entrance of The Elms using the pathway. When finished with the tour, groups exit through the side entrance and follow the pathway back to the parking lot. At no time shall the passengers board and disembark on Bellevue Court. Parking staff is on duty.
Head 1.5 miles south on Bellevue Ave. Parking area is located opposite Marble House. Turn right into parking lot. Groups disembark and embark here, then cross Bellevue Ave. to entrance.
From the intersection of Memorial Blvd. and Bellevue Ave., head south 1.3 miles on Bellevue Ave., turn left onto entrance.
The Gateway Transportation Center is located at 23 America’s Cup Ave. Limited motorcoach spots are available and it is an ideal spot for coaches to off-load and on-load groups visiting the downtown waterfront, shops, and restaurants. Restroom facilities are available (seasonally).
Talking houses, ancient superheroes and a 2-foot high ice cream cake! Family Tours at The Breakers and Marble House introduce kids to these Gilded Age mansions from a unique and fun perspective.
Our expert guides lead fascinating specialty tours such as Beneath The Breakers and The Elms Servant Life. Other guided tours available by season at some houses.
Six engaging audio tours bring you unique insights into the lives of the people who lived and worked in the grand mansions of the Gilded Age in Newport.
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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