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Rough Point

680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840-4283
+1 401-849-7300
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a must on your Newport sight-seeing!

Fascinating tour of the Doris Duke home! Our tour guide, Charles, was so knowledgeable and made... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
Susan D
Beautiful, very livable, majestic home of a bygone era.

Not a part of the Preservation Society of Newport Co., but a very worthwhile property to visit... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
Robert T
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Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the Newport Restoration Foundation, Doris Duke.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840-4283
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

Fascinating tour of the Doris Duke home! Our tour guide, Charles, was so knowledgeable and made this experience educational and fun! Highly recommend making this tour and suggest doing it earlier in the day when it's less crowded! Leave extra time to explore the beautiful...More

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Not a part of the Preservation Society of Newport Co., but a very worthwhile property to visit. Majestic setting and well furnished and maintained.

Thank Robert T
Reviewed 22 October 2017

I had to pay a separate entrance fee for this tour as it wasn't included in the 5 mansion ticket, but it was really worth seeing.

Thank Sue C
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

This was the best guided tour I’ve ever had. The house and grounds are spectacular. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. She took her time with us and answered all of our questions. This estate isn’t as grand as some of the others but...More

1  Thank James H
Reviewed 18 October 2017

An exceptional tour,recommended by our inn keeper, our tour guide Donna was warm and knowledgeable. The period furniture tapestries Chinese porcelain were all beautiful. The art collection was varied and amazing, so much to see, great personal history of Doris Duke, who lived and entertained...More

1  Thank Holly F
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Rough Point is different from the other Vanderbilt Mansions as it is comparatively modern. The rooms are tastefully decorated rather than over the top. You can see this was more than just a summer cottage for the super rich.

1  Thank golfnut51
Reviewed 16 October 2017

This house is build on a perfect location with great view and nice gardens. The interior of the the house is even better. The display of the ormaments is wel done. You can visit different rooms, pitty you are not allowed to make pictures. If...More

1  Thank chrisgeldof
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

An incredible setting and an incredible house. Our little one loved running through the garden. The house itself is huge and I was a little dissapointed that there weren't more rooms to see.

Thank David H
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We toured many of the Newport mansions and found them interesting but I couldn't really see them as anyone's 'home'. Especially since many were only lived in 'during the season' which was less than 8 weeks. While Doris Duke had a Renoir hanging in her...More

Thank kathycvg
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Incredible home. The tour guide was great! Found information about both the house and Doris Duke fancinating. . A defiant must to visit in Newport!

Thank thedonnellygirls
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Kathy B
24 September 2017|
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Response from NRFStaff | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your question! You do not need to print a ticket that you purchased online. You can just let the desk staff know the name in which the ticket was purchased under and that will grant you admission.
14 October 2016|
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Response from 491bonnie | Reviewed this property |
Good answer by Richard B. Don't miss Rough Point, if you get a chance, watch the movie Too rich - the secret life of Doris Duke. I visited many mansions, but this is the one I made the trip for.
14 October 2016|
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Response from wendylr22 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know where cruises arrive, so I can't tell you for sure. There are bus/trolleys from the Newport Visitor's Center, but the schedule/route varies by season. On the off season they do not make as many stops, so there... More