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The Breakers

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“gilded age”(486 reviews)
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The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt established the family fortune in steamships and...more
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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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Reviewed yesterday

Enjoyed a self-guided tour during the Christmas season. The first floor rooms were nicely decorated and the gift shop offered a good selection of items. The self-guided audio is full of interesting information in each of the rooms with extra audio segments like points of...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I went to the Breakers last night (Saturday) for a holiday music event and a self-guided tour. Visiting the mansion with holiday decorations was even better when listening to a brass orchestral concert of holiday music. With all the people milling around...More

Thank 371sheryls
Reviewed 5 days ago

Over the top mansion tour from the gilded era. Guided audio tour with both short and expanded narratives.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Although we have been to the Breakers before, we wanted to see it at Christmas. The Breakers is one of the most beautiful mansions that we have seen. It is decorated wonderfully for the Christmas season. They have a self guided audio tour which is...More

Thank Ricmar60
Reviewed 1 week ago

This time around we decided to actually go inside the Breakers rather than just view it from Cliff Walk, and boy what opulence! But given that the Preservation Society purchased the property for less than a million dollars, they could afford to lower the admission...More

Thank GabeyBaby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting Tor of this fine mansion. The self guided tour with earphones worked out pretty good. This was the summer home for the Vanderbilts but cannot compare to Biltmore in Asheville, NC, especially the upkeep of the grounds but still you need to check...More

1  Thank Foodieman4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While all the mansions are clearly extravagant and over the top it is still history nonetheless. I love seeing how the American "new money" millionaires incorporated new technological innovations in their European inspired mansions. The tour is self guided and informative enough without it being...More

1  Thank Lorry04
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place. It's even more beautiful than I could have imagined. The self-guided tour is really nice, allowing us to skip around and do the whole thing at our pace. Very highly recommended.

Thank endorphin84
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Truly festive as you step back into time and see one of the gilded mansions wrapped up in vintage Christmas decorations. Get into the spirit of Christmas in Newport!

Thank minscule
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most ornate “cottages”, the dining room is unbelievable. Nice to go when decorated for the holidays. Self guided tour so you can take your time.

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14 August 2018|
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Response from I8016LWdavidc | Reviewed this property |
On this tour you can go at your own pace. I would think with two children, an hour would be ample time. It really depends on you however because you do go at your own pace and not rushed at all.
13 August 2018|
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Response from 643thomask | Reviewed this property |
We bought online. No specific time or date.
5 July 2018|
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Response from WLSH | Reviewed this property |
about 90 minutes. but there are extra if you have time. you can also download app to listen anytime.