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Review of The Breakers

The Breakers
Ranked #1 of 81 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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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 28 May 2018 via mobile

Came last December on part of a trolley tour. The Xmas lights were up and it was very beautiful, we got lucky with a fresh snow as we were there. The headphones may be a bit tricky for young kids but once we adults figured them out they were great. We would pause as we left each room and start again so we could chat in between. So much to see I may return with my kids this summer. The staff let’s you take photos but do not touch anything! Amazing home and history, allow 1-2 hour for tour, more if you want to see all details and grounds. Maybe Take a few photos but recommend just buying a couple post cards instead so you can relax to enjoy the surroundings and tour... a camera cannot grasp the feeling and depth of this property. Was semi crowded on a a Saturday in December. Not recommended for very young kids.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend downloading the Newport mansions app and doing the audio tour on your phone! Recommend going first thing in the morning as it gets busy

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

For me, this was one of my top 3 favorite cottages. Just stunning! The tour is well thought out with state of the art players and headsets. Inside & outside both amazing

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Laurimarie128
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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Great way to spend a day in Newport .....the breakers mansion and graouds are amazingly beautiful . This was the summer home of the Vanderbilt family . The architecture is stunning . Allow at least 90 minutes to enjoy the self guided audiio tour and you get the most bang for your buck if you tour more than one house in the historic district because the breakers tour runs about 24 dollars but you can add a second house tour for an extra 4 dollars . The marble house or the elms would be my second choice

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

We took the back way get here , cliff walk so bring your water and wear comfortable sneakers . Bathroom is midway and long wait , it’s a walk but absolutely beautiful we loved it and arrived at Breakers , just breathe taking. 25$ per person and you get audio hearing how they lived so amazing this Mansion is the Best. So worth it .

Date of experience: May 2018
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