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The Breakers

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“gilded age”(454 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 today via mobile

This was a very interesting tour to see how the rich lived. to think this was one of five homes that they would use just for a season. Very impressive the craftsmanship was amazing to look at the headphones that walk you through the house...More

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Reviewed today

Very opulent and impressive, this is a must see just like Hearst Castle in the West or Buckingham Pakace in the UK.

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Reviewed today

We went to three mansions and I by far enjoyed the Breakers the most. The self guided audio tour was informative however not too long or boring. The property is absolutely stunning and must do if you are in Newport!

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Breakers was a summer home built for Cornelius Vanderbilt. A audio tour is provided with interesting details about the home and how the Vanderbilts lived. The cliff walks run along the ocean behind the house.

Thank Jim W
Reviewed yesterday

I have never done a self guided tour before and thanks to this one, I look forward to them in the future. It was well done and the home was just wonderful. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the stories. Well done, I would recommend to...More

Thank Jayme B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We just picked on of the houses in this area to visit, and it was this one. What a place! The audio tour was excellent and the opulence totally eye-popping. Definitely worth the visit.

Thank LisaR631
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed this tour. You receive a headset that gives you tons of facts about the house and the family that lived there. I’m sure we were there at least an hour and we didn’t even...More

Thank iltraveler4fun
Reviewed 3 days ago

The audio tour was a great pace - we didn't feel like we were there "too long" and learned alot about the Gilded Age! The house is in incredible condition and has lots of history. I wish we'd had time to do one of the...More

Thank LeighWallaceDodd
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Excellent tour with headset included. Easy to navigate and no rush . We enjoyed the pace. Was easy to navigate and follow all the way through. Worth the cost!

Thank David56Chicago
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This one is supposed to be THE mansion to visit and it lives up to its reputation. The audio tour is easily-paced and provides side-info if you want it - including servant viewpoints, as well as those of adults and Vanderbilt children growing-up. Like stepping-into...More

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14 August 2018|
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Response from David C | 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 Thomas K | 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.