The Breakers
The Breakers
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial pre-eminence in the Gilded Age. It was commissioned in 1893 by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system and grandson of "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, who founded the family fortune. Richard Morris Hunt, one of the great architects of the Gilded Age, directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70-room palazzo inspired by the 16th-century palaces of Genoa and Turin. The house was completed in 1895 and the family spent summers there. The Breakers was purchased from the heirs of Countess Széchenyi, Vanderbilt's daughter, by The Preservation Society of Newport County in 1972. It is a National Historic Landmark and is toured by hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Several scenes in HBO's "The Gilded Age" were filmed in The Breakers.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience The Breakers
The area
Address
Reach out directly
See what travellers are saying
  • AnneMarie B
    Suffield, Connecticut358 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beneath the Breakers Tour is Excellent!
    From the time the docent welcomed us in, this tour was top notch. His wealth of information and historical tidbits made the tour! The technology that supported (and still supports) such a huge home and the intricacies of managing heat, electricity, water - everything it takes to make a home comfortable - was remarkable for its time. They thought of everything, including a wine cellar. What an amazing look back!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Lisa E
    Aurora, Colorado255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    Crazy! The conspicuous consumption was ridiculous in this place. The downloaded self guided tour was great and informative. It also offered additional stories if you wanted. Room after room of every single square inch decorated.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Barry M
    Cork, Ireland369 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    Breath taking House which gives a superb sense of how the other half lived at that time. The lavish workmanship and no expense spared build is very obvious. Heating system throughout, together with intercom and hot/cold running water ( both fresh/sea water) were way before their time. Ostentatious is perhaps the best description I can think of.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Robert L
    Milford, Connecticut22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible example of decadence in the Guilded Age!
    The sheer size and attention to detail speaks volumes about the craftsmanship and demands of a wealthy elite class never seen before of since! The exorbitant styling and magnificent structures are beyond imagination. If you haven't been here, you should make the trip!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Victoria B
    Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent tour, thoroughly recommend.
    We had the audio tour which we downloaded to our phone. We thought it was excellent. It has breaks between rooms to allow you time to look around at your own pace and you can opt for further information about a room at any time. The house is amazing and the tour gives some good in sight into the family and what life was like at this time in a mansion like this.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2023
  • JMoore0714
    Indianapolis, Indiana92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely spectacular!
    We toured this home along with the Elms and Marble House. Breakers was by far the most opulent. It’s not my taste in a hole to live in, but wow the people who built it and made the designs have to commended on their artistic talent. The staircase and that area are incredible! Anyone going to Newport has to see this place.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Onemoagain
    Los Angeles, California30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Should Definitely See When in Newport
    I throughly enjoyed my visit to the Breakers. I probably should've downloaded the audio tour which you can do if you download an app. There's a QR code at the entrance you can scan to do so. I think I would've enjoyed it more had I done so but I did read the pamphlet that they provide in various languages just inside the entrance. It give you a glimpse of the life of the very wealthy during the gilded age and as a history buff, it was fun.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Joan H
    Hopewell, Virginia15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    "A Dream World"
    We drove into Newport, Rhode Island and saw the sign, "Welcome to beautiful Rhode Island" and it truly was. Gorgeous sailboats were in the beautiful blue water, their white sails gleaming in the sunlight, and the sky a majestic cerulean blue. We soon took the wonderful trolley tour which featured a look inside the Breakers. Stepping inside the "Gilded Age" mansion was like stepping into the pages of "The Great Gatsby," with beauty so majestic it was almost indescribable. In those days of enormous wealth, money flowed like dewdrops, and The Breakers reflects the golden beauty of gorgeous paintings and furnishings. One chandelier in particular was incredibly huge and gorgeous, and the kitchen had plates and glassware to the very top of the ceiling. The Breakers is a glimpse into a world of glorious loveliness. It is a trip to a dream world, and one I would heartily recommend to anyone.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Jonathan M
    Tuxedo Park, New York645 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Slice of the Gilded Age
    There is a reason why the Vanderbilt’s cottage is at the top of the list of Newport’s sights. While other homes might be more personal and intimate, the Breakers was built to dazzle and boy does it! The Great Hall alone seems like it shouldn’t even fit in the house. Allow for a few hours so as to not be carried along by the crowd (which isn’t as bad as I imagined it might be) and you will get lost in the details and find ample opportunity to get pictures without other people in the foreground. I found the audio guide available via an app download a bit clunky while trying to take pictures at the same time but I found the printed guide to be quite comprehensive and I listened to the guide later. If you have questions the staff are very knowledgeable.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • YotaPower
    Guilford, Maine905 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great look into the past and do a tour at your own pace.
    We have done other tours of the Vanderbilt homes and this was not disappointing. We did a self guided tour and had a great time. It was pouring outside so we didn't get to tour the grounds, but that gives us a reason to come back and do it again. A must see if in the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles6,219 reviews
Excellent
4,843
Very good
1,174
Average
155
Poor
32
Terrible
15

fcparma19
Boston, MA106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was my first trip to Newport and it wouldn't be complete without seeing the Breakers. It is worth the visit. The self-guided audio tour via their app is well organized and provides helpful information.
Written 19 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Brian M
Laurel, MD197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Even in the pouring rain, this tour was perfect. Obviously the home and furniture were beyond description…simply fantastic design, decoration and furnishings. The audio tour was just the right amount of detail ( bring your ear buds, download the mansions audio app before going)
Written 17 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

dt1064
Cordova, TN84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
If you have a chance to tour The Breakers, you will not regret it. We toured the mansion as a part of a Viking Trolley Newport and Breakers Tour (which I also recommend) . The mansion and grounds are both magnificent. The tour which you can take by downloading an App or there are printed guides you can use. It was a very interesting tour in which you learn a lot about the Vanderbilts as a family as well as the mansion itself. Highly recommend!
Written 15 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jack M
Halifax, Canada380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
An absolutely spectacular property! Hats off to the Preservation Society for maintaining the building and property. It is 1st class all the way.
One thing that struck me is that this 138,300 square ft mansion was built for the Vanderbilts in 2 years - way back in the late 1890s. Imagine trying to have something of that size built in that time frame today - even with all the equipment and technology we have today.
An audio tour of the mansion (which is very well done) is available. I also believe a guided tour/s may be available.
Written 11 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

USA94131
San Francisco, CA82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The Vanderbilt’s “summer cottage” - The Breakers was a fantastic mansion to visit. We did a two-hour self-guided audio tour of this magnificent home. The house was built during America’s “Gilded Age” period and it shows the power and prestige of the Vanderbilts. The entrance area with the grand staircase was beautiful. We toured the 2nd version of the house since the 1st one was built from wood and burnt down in 1892. The architect was American Richard Morris Hunt. The tour went through many bedrooms, bathrooms, sitting areas, kitchen and grand hallways. The house contained hidden doors that connected bedrooms or favorite places for the Vanderbilt children. The mansion was under re-construction of the chimneys and roof so the photos of the exterior weren’t ideal but the interior photos came out beautiful.
Written 7 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

RYC88
Centreville, VA1,281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's hard to wrap your head around all the mansions in Newport, because every single one is so over-the-top. The Breakers takes that to the next level. The Under the Breakers tour is excellent and it's wonderful to be able to see the workings of the house and where the staff made all the "magic" happen. The tour has limited space, so get your tickets online as soon as you know your plans. The main house tour is easy, as you can either read the signs in the rooms; get a printed guide; or use your phone and headphone for the audio tour. We like that there are options. The docents, as with the other mansions, are so knowledgeable and very friendly and helpful. What an amazing place.
Written 20 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ChathamMass
Chatham, MA496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Extraordinary architectural feat, the opulence and craftsmanship are jaw-dropping and can overwhelm but fascinate at the same time. The tour is thoughtfully organized and self-guided with a handout, extensive signage, and an app, if you wish to hear a guide. There are also helpful guides and much to see along with a very large museum shop at the end. While the weather was not great for outdoor exploring, there was plenty to see indoors.
Written 7 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Maura H
Shelton, Nebraska, USA176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great tour of a timeless glimpse into the past. The staff on the tour were very informative. Have devices and earphones ready to listen on your own phone for the tour.
Written 16 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

comerpursifull
Murray, KY504 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Excellent tour of this beautiful home. While it includes a self-guided audio tour and in-room information, the staff were available to answer questions and were very knowledgeable about the home, contents, and surrounding homes.
Written 6 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

budkroll
New York City, NY13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautifully preserved, a slice of over the top history. Highly recommend downloading the Newport Mansions app on your phone and taking the free audio tour - lots of in depth information. Loved the kitchen!
Written 28 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 5,898
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

The Breakers - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024) - Tripadvisor

All Newport HotelsNewport Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Newport
All things to do in Newport
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday homesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire