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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 via mobile

An extremely well organised self guided tour of the Vanderbilt summer home built in the early 1900s. The scale and ornate detail of the home has been magnificently preserved and it is displayed in a way that can be easily appreciated. Each visitor is given...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Been to The Breakers 3x but it's always awesome to see the magnificence of this era. Will visit again.

Thank VilmaS773
Reviewed yesterday

We toured the Breakers yesterday at about noon. Although it was quite crowded, the Historical Preservation Society of Newport kept things moving. The audio tour, which is free with admission, was well done, offering a comprehensive overview of the property’s architecture and nuances. You could...More

Thank noscreenname200
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our tour was fun and interesting. The audio equipment included in the tour was a wonderful way to tour the building at your own pace without missing anything.

Thank robert l
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you don't have time to see other mansions in Newport definitely see this one. The mansion embodies the best of the best of its time. From the building materials to the art and on and on. Just amazing.

Thank Lasa88
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are only going to see one mansion in Newport, you might as well go for the most impressive one - and that's The Breakers. Ornate, lavish, all the rest - and yet, it was a home for the Vanderbilts and you can actually...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Incredible to think it was only used 6-8 weeks a year. Wish I could go back in a time machine and be a guest in this home for just one week.

Thank Patricia L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very interesting mansion and cool attraction. Must do if you're in Rhode Island! The self guided tour was awesome if you chose the "family" version.

Thank Ona G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Don’t miss it. Well worth the time and money. I learned so much on the tour. Not only does one learn about the architecture of the house, but about Newport and the Vanderbilt family.

Thank Sycamoresue49
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were told if you do any of the mansions do the Breakers. We did enjoy the walk through this remarkable mansion. The property that the Vsnderbilts called a summer cottage is more like a palace. Fun to walk through the rooms and imagine how...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.