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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.
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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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Our regular house-tour tickets – The Breakers, One-Property, Duo and Trio – are not for any specific date or time. They can be used any time the mansions are open for tours, and they do not expire. You may purchase them in advance or in person when you arrive.
For specialty tours such as The Elms Servant Life Tour and Beneath The Breakers, tickets are for a specific date and time and we suggest advance purchase.
The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff and Chateau-sur-Mer offer engaging self-guided audio tours. The Breakers and Marble House offer both adult and family self-guided tours. Bring your own smart device with earbuds/headsets and download the free Newport Mansions tour app before you visit.
Green Animals Topiary Garden, Isaac Bell House and Kingscote are self-guided, non-audio tours. The Hunter House, Chepstow, Beneath The Breakers and The Elms Servant Life tours are guide-led at certain times throughout the day.
Printed scripts are available at most mansions and staff appreciate your questions.
International visitors are always welcome. On our mobile app, audio tours of The Breakers, The Elms & Marble House are available in English, French, German, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Audio tours of Rosecliff and Chateau-sur-Mer are in English only.
The Breakers and Marble House also offer family tours in English.
You can purchase tickets through our website or in person at The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff or Green Animals Topiary Garden. Ticket sales are not available at any other Newport Mansions property.
Yes, you may visit different houses and properties on different days. Our tickets never expire and are non-refundable.
When you purchase tickets online at NewportMansions.org, you receive a confirmation email that contains a link, “Print Tickets Now.” That link accesses a PDF file containing the bar-coded tickets. You can then display them on your mobile device to be scanned when you visit.
The Breakers, Marble House and Rosecliff are partially accessible for mobility devices. At these three houses, the first floor can be directly accessed by visitors who use a wheelchair; the second floor is accessible via the elevator, which must be operated by a staff member. None of our other houses are currently accessible.
We do not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
Proper attire must be worn on the properties at all times, including shirts and footwear. Swimwear and clothing with rude, vulgar or offensive language or graphics are not permitted. Admission may be denied if clothing is deemed inappropriate.
Residents of the City of Newport can enjoy free admission to our houses in Newport when they are open for tours. This offer does not include Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth. Proof of Newport residence is required. Also includes Naval Station Newport personnel and Salve Regina University students (student ID required). Residents must obtain timed tickets for Chepstow, Hunter House or Isaac Bell House in person at either The Breakers, Marble House or The Elms. Excludes special events and specialty tours.
On select days during the year, we offer free admission for residents of Jamestown, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton. Visit the Events Calendar for these dates.
Yes. The Preservation Society permits non-flash interior photography in all of its mansions except Hunter House, and outdoor photos at all properties, for personal, non-commercial use only. Selfie sticks and tripods are not permitted. Read the detailed photography policy.
We suggest one and a half hours for each mansion, allowing time to enjoy the tour, explore the grounds and visit the Newport Mansions Stores.
Parking is free onsite at all properties except for Hunter House and The Breakers Stable & Carriage House, where street parking is available. At Green Animals, visitor parking is in the St. Philomena School lot, adjacent to the property. The only entrance to the Green Animals is from the St. Philomena parking lot from June 17 – August 27. There is no entry to the property from the Green Animals parking lot. Green Animals is not handicapped accessible.
The Newport Mansions does not provide transportation. Visitors can drive, walk, or take public transportation between houses.
Average House-to-House Walking Times:
Public transportation is provided by the R.I. Public Transit Authority’s Route 67 trolley, which operates from the Gateway Transportation Center at 23 America’s Cup Avenue.
Yes. All children must be always accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver inside the mansions and on the grounds.
Young children are always welcome; however, we cannot allow strollers or carriages inside the mansions because of the damage that such vehicles can cause to historic surfaces and furnishings. Stroller parking areas are available near the entrance of each mansion. Strollers are allowed on the grounds.
No. Only certified service animals are permitted on any of the Preservation Society properties. No other animals are permitted in the mansions or on the grounds. Please do not leave pets in your vehicle while you take your tour, as temperatures inside a locked car will quickly become unsafe and even deadly.
No. There are no lockers or storage facilities. Personal items may not be left at the front desk. Visitors are welcome to carry personal items such as purses, camera bags and knapsacks with them during their tour. But suitcases, carry-on luggage, duffel bags or oversized bags of any kind that could cause potential damage to historic surfaces and furnishings are not permitted. Please leave such items in your car prior to entering the property. Please plan your visit with this in mind.
The Newport Mansions are open 363 days a year. The only holidays for which we close are Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
1) Security systems are in use.
2) Please do not touch objects in the houses.
3) An authorized photographer or videographer may record your image for Preservation Society purposes.
4) Sale or commercial use of any images taken at any Preservation Society property is prohibited. Exceptions can only be made by prior written agreement.
No. We no longer require proof of COVID vaccination or face coverings.
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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. At Green Animals, parking is in the adjacent St. Philomena School parking lot. The only entrance to the Green Animals is from the St. Philomena lot from June 17 – August 27. There is no access to the property from the Green Animals parking lot. Green Animals is not handicapped accessible.
Parking lots for The Breakers and Marble House are across the street from the entrance gates. Parking at the other houses is on the grounds.
The Preservation Society now allows interior photography at all of the Newport Mansions, with the exception of Hunter House, for non-commercial and social media uses only by visitors. Photography is only allowed when it does not disrupt the quiet enjoyment of the properties by other visitors. For everyone’s safety, selfie sticks, tripods, flash and stairway photography are prohibited. No commercial use or sale of images is permitted without prior written agreement from 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.
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.
Only certified service animals are permitted on any of the Preservation Society properties. No other pets are permitted in the houses or on the grounds. Please do not leave pets in your vehicle while you take your tour, as temperatures inside a locked car will quickly become unsafe and even deadly.
Restrooms are available for visitors at all Newport Mansions. At The Breakers, additional restrooms are in the Welcome Center.
There are several dining options at the Newport Mansions.
Learn about the various tours offered at the Newport Mansions.
We welcome adult and student groups to visit the Newport Mansions. Your group visit helps preserve these great houses.
Download our tour app before your visit and bring your earbuds.
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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