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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
+1 401-253-2707
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Blithewold, named in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New England is located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston. Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring - and unique to Blithewold. Come...and be inspired.
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101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
+1 401-253-2707
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Be aware the house closes at 4:00 so we were not able to tour it. Instead we walked the spectacular grounds with many specimen trees (e.g. The largest Sequoia east of the Mississippi 90 feet tall) after an "honor system" payment. The bamboo grove was...More

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 1 week ago

expansive grounds, multitasking vegetation just abound. Every month there is different flowering beauty. The ocean view and the quiet, help you find inner peace. The mansion owned by just one family since 1894, impresses you with the ability to see yourself residing in this lovely...More

1  Thank TheMorleys52
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mansion was lovely and the staff was kind. The expanse of lawn from back of the mansion to Narragansett Bay was beautiful. My favorite sight was the eye catching Giant Sequoia at the front of the mansion. Another favorite was the Manchurian Walnut tree....More

1  Thank carole c
Blithewold M, Public Relations Manager at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Carole, You wrote such a lovely review. The staff was kind, the Great Lawn was beautiful, Giant Sequioa and the Manchurian walnut were your favorites and the campers were having a good time. I'm so glad that you had such a pleasant day! Thanks...More

Reviewed 6 July 2017

Blithewold Mansion is a 33-acre estate situated on tranquil Narragansett bay. In the 45-room English style manor house explore Wickle/Lyon/McKee family story over a span of more than 100 years. The main exhibit space on the second floor showcases items from this extensive assortment of...More

1  Thank tk3232
Reviewed 6 July 2017

The mansion is a beautiful trip back in time. The gardens make for a lovely stroll. The great lawn has an amazing view of Narragansett Bay. Go at your own pace with the tablets available for self guided tours through the mansion and grounds. Quotes...More

1  Thank Dawn P
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Took advantage of my Bank of America weekend to visit. It was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had given these free opportunities. No matter the weather, the setting is tranquil and relaxing. I would suggest this for anyone who is enchanted by...More

1  Thank Robin M
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

The mansion and grounds are beautiful. The staff was helpful as well. They have an easy to use self guided tour recorded on devices that gives just enough information on the history of the family and the rooms or gardens you are viewing. What a...More

2  Thank stllynnard
Reviewed 2 July 2017

The house was very interesting as well as the story of the family who lived there. But the real stars are the gardens and water views that surround the house. If you have any inkling of interest in horticulture/home gardening, you will absolutely love this...More

2  Thank sashayaround
Reviewed 1 July 2017

Excellent example of late 1800s architecture. Lovely old mansion. Beautiful gardens. Beautiful furnishings. Sitting on about 10 acres over looking Narragansett Bay. If you enjoy history this is a must see. At Christmas the mansion is beautifully decorated and holds teas.

2  Thank Judy2step
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Such a beautiful Mansion! And the gardens were breathtaking. The trees were huge, I was so glad we came across this beautiful place!

1  Thank Kim M
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Theresa H
24 December 2016|
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Response from Blithewold M | Property representative |
Hi there, About 45 minutes for the inside of the house and another 30-45 if you tour the grounds. Have fun!!
7 July 2016|
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Response from Blithewold M | Property representative |
Hi Nannastam, We're so happy you're considering a visit to Blithewold. We've recently installed a permanent ramp and widened some of the doorways into the Mansion, to allow for easier access for folks with wheelchairs and... More
21 August 2015|
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Response from AmandaRhodeIsland | Reviewed this property |
During visiting hours you must purchase a ticket the ticket includes the mansion and the gardens . When the mansion is closed the box is a honor system to view the gardens .