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The Breakers

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“gilded age”(470 reviews)
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 October 2003

We just returned from a trip to Newport, RI & Mystic, Ct & had the most incredible experience! If you like art & architecture, especially historical properties, then Newport is the place to go. We only had time to tour 3 of the mansions, &...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2006

Architecturally, the Breakers is a fascinating place. Unfortunately, the overpriced tour provides little of the context for which you would hope. We were taken through many of the 70 rooms, but the only information provided was the use of each room and a little about...More

12  Thank joe6E
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a must see for visits to Newport. It is probably the most grand of the gilded age mansions. You have to be impressed with both the amount of money spent on the place as well as the attention to detail in the construction.

Thank Bill D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Always a joy to walk through, love the new cafe that was put in. You don't even realize it is there until you walk through the gate. Everyone is always so amazing when I visit, can't wait to go back

Thank 442melissad
Reviewed 4 days ago

Could have given it 5 stars, but this is a place clearly exposing what you can do if you are stinking rich, and wants to show off. Not the same spirit as European castles, but you shouldn't miss it.

Thank KongHans1
Reviewed 5 days ago

A Vanderbilt "cottage" and a great example of Gilded Age decoration and excess. Audio tour enabled us to tour at our own pace. Interesting architecture and a glimpse into how some of the 1%-ers of the time lived.

Thank Maura K
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Breakers is worth a visit. The Vanderbilts built a fantastic mansion /palace. During the visit you are your own guide and you can hear and see as many details as you like. We bought a combination ticket so that we could visit another house...More

Thank thepeter2016
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Breakers is the largest and opulent of the homes built in Newport during the gilded age. The grounds both in front of and behind the home are vast, expansive and provide ample locations to picnic and take in the sea view. Parking can be...More

Thank J222_psu
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gorgeous so cool to see something like this outside of Europe. Was reminiscent to me of a mini windsor castle!

Thank comesailwithme321
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great old mansion to tour. Many similarities to the Biltmore Estate in Ashville NC that was built by another family member. Unbelievable that this was built to use between 6 and 12 weeks per year.

Thank lgt380
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Breakers lies along the Cliff Walk. It is representative of the homes frequented by the very Wealthy during the early 1900s. Tours are available and the home is decorated in period furnishings. This is a must see if you’re in Newport.

Thank 877judig
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must see and do while in Newport. The Preservation Society has done a magnificent service to give us a glimpse into the high society lifestyles of those who summered in these mansions. Well done.

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14 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 Thomas K | Reviewed this property |
We bought online. No specific time or date.
4 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.