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The Breakers

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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 2 days ago

This place is a must see if your in Newport. To experience the incredible opulence of the 19th century Robber Barrons.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Chetcorp
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took tour with my children. They were able to listen to "Family tour" that spoke of life at the Breakers through the eyes of a child. We all really enjoyed our time there. Would highly recommend this experience

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank christinee902
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very interesting, enjoyed the self guided tour. Just enough information and easy to use. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Fran75_11
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

So enjoyed this tour. Beautiful way to spend time in Newport. Very interesting an a great insight into the very wealthy in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Head phones for an audio tour are given out with option to hear additional information throughout the house. The...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lingerandstay
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had the best time . The hole thing was clean, the food & entertainment was the best . Planet of room to dance. The seminary was so beautiful.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank baseballfun
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful and extravagant summer ‘cottage’ of the Vanderbilt family. One room after another amazes you - My personal favorite was the music room. Can’t imagine how people lived in such opulence. Anyway, if you like this kind of thing, this mansion will be the centerpiece...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank a1angyl
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a magnificent house, but I cannot see people actually living there. Gold everywhere. The residents came to live here just for the season, it must have been wonderful to be a guest at this home. I would strongly recommend people come and visit...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Judy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing display of wealth. Self guided tour very well done. Helpful assistance for handicapped. Overpowering.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank flyfishr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. The Vanderbilts were not poor. This place was magnificent....and only their summer house. We toured during Christmas. The decorations were gorgeous and only added to the beauty of this house. They also had a gingerbread house exhibit that was pretty neat. We didn’t tour...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 872jennifera
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The audio tour was great. I enjoyed especially seeing the bedrooms and bath/dressing rooms. The stories about the family were interesting, too.

Date of experience: March 2019
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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.