Mansion tours can be booked online at NewportMansions.org. Tickets may also be purchased by telephone or on-site at the specific mansion. Advanced-purchase tickets are available, but reservations are not accepted.Continue Reading
Audio tours can be booked for The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House. Guided tours can be booked for Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, Hunter House and Isaac Bell House. There are also tours of Kingscote and Rosecliff mansions. In addition to the main audio tour, The Breakers mansion offers a children's tour. The Green Animals Topiary Garden offers visitors the chance to explore its grounds unsupervised.
Tours of each mansion take less than two hours. Most of the houses are within walking distance of one another, but there is also a natural-gas-powered trolley that leaves the Newport Visitor Center every 20 minutes starting at 8:00 a.m.
The historic Newport Mansions sit on 88 acres of gardens and parks. The Breakers and the Marble House were summer homes built for the Vanderbilt family. The Elms, completed in 1901 at a cost of roughly $1.4 million, was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius. Silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs commissioned Rosecliff, modeled after the Grand Trianon at Versailles, in 1899. Chateu-sur-Mer, completed in 1852, was the most palatial Newport residence at that time.Learn more about Geography