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The Breakers

44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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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 later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century. The Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.
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“audio tour” (709 reviews)
“gilded age” (369 reviews)
“own pace” (321 reviews)
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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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Reviewed yesterday

We have been to many mansion tours and I thought this was a bit brief. It is about an hour tour unless you listen to every detail. The house is amazing in its decorative way and has great views.

Thank Anna F
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The audio tour makes this visit. It's nicely paced and easy to follow with very clear additional listening options if you want more information on a particular room or person. A really fabulous building. The grounds are somewhat underwhelming with admittedly great views but no...More

Thank Telgip
Reviewed yesterday

This fabulous mansion and opulent life style of its owners are well preserved. The self tour with ear pieces narration makes the tour informative and efficient. I have visited the Vanderbilt mansion in upstate NY many years ago and thought this may be a disappointment...More

Thank subalsarkar
Reviewed yesterday

If you only have time to visit one mansion, this is the one... The architecture and views are unparalleled and the grotto beneath the main stairs is one of my favorite spots.

Thank Kelly K
Reviewed 2 days ago

This historical mansion is one of many in Newport that are part of the mansion tour. You can visit it alone of in conjunction with a multi mansion tour. It is unbelievable to visit this "summer cottages" where many rooms were moved stone by stone...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful mansion but the "tour" was not as good as in the past. Additionally, some of the grounds were off limits.

Thank slr908
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We toured the Breakers and it is breathtaking. Definitely something to visit in Newport. It is audio guided and very informative. My kids 9 and 12 years old also enjoyed it.

Thank Vincent A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing history at this historic mansion. It's as if you're transported back to the gilded age and can really picture yourself in the working days of the mansion. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour, well worth the price of admission

Thank Spectaccc
Reviewed 3 days ago

The house had a very good audio tour, so you can easly tour the house. There are 2 options on the audio tour, one is the regular tour for adults. The other is designed for kids. To go thru the house allow about an hour,...More

1  Thank Lazboh
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had to take the Breakers tour. It certainly was a time of over the top opulence. Interesting to see how the other half lived! The audio tour makes it very easy to go at your own pace and take in as much as you want....More

Thank Suetime
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Natalie V
1 December 2016|
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Response from acarneiro | Property representative |
The distance between The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff is certainly walkable for individuals who are in good shape and enjoy walking, but it is a good walk (close to 1/2 an hour from The Elms to The Breakers... More
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Anthony A
18 October 2016|
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Response from acarneiro | Property representative |
Dear Anthony: My apologies for having missed your question when you first posted it. The answer is yes, sometimes. During the summer season, The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff are all audio tours. But... More
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akshay m
1 July 2016|
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Response from PVBoston | Reviewed this property |
You can peace yourself the way you want because is self guided tour. You can do the tour with one hour more or less.
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