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The Breakers

44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with The Breakers and Marble House Admission
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Newport Mansions at Christmas: The Breakers and Marble House
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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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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

The summer cottage was beautiful and amazing! I recommend going to visit the cottage, but try to get there in the morning as crowds tend to accumulate towards noon and the afternoon. Also, we did the year membership as it was cheaper to do versus...More

Thank Erica P
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Great visit starting at 9 AM. The audio guide is really were efficient. Everyone should visit the Mansions to get a feeling of what it look like these old days. Its amazing to see the difference between the Masters and the Servants. Its sad that...More

Thank Pierre L
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

The Breakers is the Vanderbilts' summer home on the coast. We went with 2 families so 4 adults and 6 kids. This was kids ranging age 2-10 yrs old. Everyone got a headset to tour the mansion. They have a kid friendly tour and an...More

Thank SanDiegoMomma
Reviewed 3 July 2017

The home itself speaks volumes about the time and family they lived in this Mansion. Everything is well kept and preserved for all to see. You get a recorder that takes you though each room with playback as to what that room was used for...More

Thank FAS64
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

See this first, or make it the only mansion you see. Amazing. Huge a gorgeous. Italian architecture. Unbelievable. Everyone loved it.

Thank Marina N
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This place is crazy expensive: and they fleece you at every turn. You can absolutely skip this place based on the value for money or lack thereof

Thank prtscsandiego
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Every tour comes with an audio player. The tour was very in-depth and could be as fast or slow as you wish. Save time to go out back and enjoy the views.

Thank Angela L
Reviewed 2 July 2017

We visited four mansions. This was the largest. I can't say that one was more surprising than the other. All were amazing. Maybe The Breakers was the most excessive of all. A window to a bygone era. A definitive must visiting.

1  Thank PH2006
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Vanderbilt did an amazing job on this house! It was my seven year old's first audio tour and he really liked it. Having a "family" version is brilliant. My thirteen year old is a travel vet and she really enjoyed the tour as well. Absolutely...More

2  Thank Amanda F
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We visited the breakers in late June. Out of all the mansions this was our favorite with original content still in the house, great views from the lawn, and an audio tour that helped us understand the House and the story of the original owners.

Thank GeelyG
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29 December 2017|
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Response from Lisa Ann M | Reviewed this property |
you can purchase a Winter Passport only 3 homes are open for the tours during winter. you can do 3 homes in 2 days not rushed or in one day at a quick pace the Breakers, The Elm and one other home in close proximity. because... More
21 December 2017|
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Response from jetsetter90 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely buy online. There was a line when we went, it went fast but why not purchase online and walk straight in.
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20 October 2017|
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Response from Jane H | Reviewed this property |
No except guide dogs