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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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The self guided audio tour gave us a glimpse of the glories of a bygone age! The Breakers was crowded, yet the tour moved along at one's own pace. There is plenty to see. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and allow 2-3 hours to...More
If you were to see one mansion in Newport, it ought to be the Breakers. It is the most opulent property you’ll ever see in the states & the most visited tourist attraction in the state of RI. The tour is a self suited audio...More
This was an amazing house and I loved the history, but it was extremely crowded and I prefer a tour guide so that I feel more connected to the property and can ask questions instead of the audio tour that was the only option. They...More
I first heard about The Breakers Mansion on my tour of The Biltmore in Asheville, NC. The Breakers was the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and it was designed to resemble an Italian Renaissance villa. Although not as large as The Biltmore (It has...More
Wonderful excess of the Gilded Age. Like a palace in Europe. One has to see what human imagination and craftsmanship can do, realizing full well the fate of some poor people who made the riches possible.
We visited about 11 am on Aug 15. After getting tickets we entered the mansion to be confronted by a middle aged blond woman who seemed to be in charge of the young people taking tickets and giving out audio guides. In a word, the...More