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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
Ranked #1 of 81 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: 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.
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 recommend. Kids will enjoy it too!

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Amanda F
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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.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Wow! If you only want to visit one of of Mansions, this is the largest. It was rebuilt after a fire in the late 1870's by the Cornelius Vanderbilt family. The rooms, decorations, and furniture is in pristine condition. We really enjoyed the beautiful rooms and grounds. We did not utilize the audio-guided tour, but were able to move through the house easily. One Tip: for only a few dollars more, you can purchase a second tour-called Breaker's Plus for $80 vs. $90 for 3 adults and a child). They let us upgrade after we went through the Breakers, and the tickets don't expire, so we can go through the second house anytime this season. Well worth it!

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank scottcA3501RE
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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Visited The Breakers on a weekend getaway and despite a rainy day, it was worth the trip.

The architecture and expense of the design and decor, hallmarks of the time, are on full display. From the high vaulted ceilings and alabaster columns, to Tiffany glass ornaments and the platinum inlays, The Breakers is a monument to the Vanderbilt fortune and legacy. It is definitely a place to visit.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 1 July 2017

We visited on Friday, June 30, 2017 right at opening 9:00 am. We went to the Preservation official website and they stated that there was free parking at each house. So we drove and parked at three houses for free. No waiting for trolley/busses in the rain. We went at our own speed.

Breakers opens at 9:00 am. We bought a five house pass right at the property. One house is $27 and five houses is a total of $35. A real bargain.

They scan your ticket in the house and give you headsets with an audio presentation for your tour. You can really go at your own pace. We spent about one hour here and it was phenomenal! The opulence, the elegance, the sheer enormity of the house is breathtaking!

This was our first mansion and the most sophisticated. (We then visited Marble Hoise and Rosecliff in that order).

People really should do their own research and download the visitors guide from the Preservation website. The map as well as free parking information is very valuable.

Date of experience: June 2017
4  Thank Steve0315
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