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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 5 days ago via mobile

We toured 4 of the mansions and this was by far the best. We visited during the week between Christmas and New Year's. In my opinion, visiting during the holidays was the perfect time. The home is beautiful and all of the Christmas decorations put...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JennyS749
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Breakers Mansion is worth seeing. The tour is self-guided and very informative. The size of this place is amazing and the amount of priceless objects and experience materials is amazing. Worth taking the time.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MarthaLovesTravel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

History, opulence and great taste is what you will find here. Walking through this lavish mansion makes you feel like you belong there. Caution: After seeing this beauty you may want to re-decor your whole house.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank memorymaker39
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting tour of the largest summer 'cottage' in Newport. Our guide, Heidi, was great at answering questions that came up during the tour. You don't see all 70 rooms but the structural and decorative details in the rooms you do see is incredible There is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Linda L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a nice morning here at the Breakers. Almost worth it alone for the view. The audio tour was cool and informative. The nice part was just taking our time and going at our own pace.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank markus2229
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The breakers is a must see if you are in Newport, I visited the Vanderbilt mansion in Ashville and this is also on the same grandiose level. amazing to see how this class lived during the era when there was no income tax..I am so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you love seeing historic homes, this is the tour for you! I've seen the Vanderbilt home in NY's Hudson River Valley and I was shocked to find out the super opulent Newport home was used just for a few months a year and the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank SurfGirl816
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with my mother before Christmas. Loved all the decorations, but I'm sure it would be lovely without them. It is huge and I enjoyed walking at my own pace with the audio guide. Some parts got crowded, but I never felt too uncomfortable. Loved...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lydia H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the Crown Jewel of Newport, and you must see what these wealthy New Yorkers called their "summer cottage."

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Bill K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made the entire tour of that amazing place. It is not only a part of the architectural history of the USA but also the history of the country itself. It is very interesting to take the audio guide headphones

Date of experience: May 2018
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15 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.