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The Breakers

44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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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 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.
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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
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Reviewed today via mobile

This is a beautiful nansion that is well preserved. My girlfriend and I took the audio tour. Expect to spend a couple of hours. We also did a tour of under the breakers. Very interesting.

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Reviewed today via mobile

The new format of self guided tours with the recording are a terrific was to see this old mansion. It is well work it and the various bundle packages make it extremely affordable. A big thumbs up, this and other mansions have been beautifully maintained.

Thank David C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My two teenagers and I thoroughly enjoyed our self-guided tour of The Breakers. When we finished, we stepped down to the Cliff Walk to enjoy the beautiful views.

Thank forevermont
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you're deciding on which mansion to visit...you MUST see this one! The astonishing display of wealth is overwhelming! Each room is more magnificent then the previous. The grounds are stunning, and it is a joy to take in all the beauty. Even the bathroom...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went off season as part of a trolley tour combo. We enjoyed this more than expected, especially with the headset audio tour. Would have liked even more, but this was good for a 60-90 minute visit. 2 points that could be better - 1....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you want to see how the "beyond wealthy" lived, you must pay a visit to this wonderful Mansion and important piece of our History. Beyond that, The Breakers also is a first class representation of the brilliant crafts people of the day from around...More

Thank Mark S
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is probably the most ornate mansion we have toured in the US. It compares with many in Europe, which is where much of the decor comes from. It was nice to walk through at our own pace with the provided audio tour. Especially enjoyed...More

Thank Jim B
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The opulence as you step to the gate is overwhelming. It is hard to imagine people lived this way. Didn’t realize this was a self guided tour which was a great surprise. The tour was filled with great information and the dosents were helpful.

Thank Rachel W
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Breakers is one of the largest mansions on the Cliff Walk. You can park near the 40 steps and walk about 1 mile or you can park closer though I wouldn’t recommend that as the Breaks and Cliff walk should be treated as a...More

Thank Roquita C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Opulent, over the top, beautiful. Be sure to do the Beneath the Breakers tour as well - fascinating view of the physical plant that ran (and still runs) this amazing stately building.

Thank jgiard
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kmlctravels
April 8, 2018|
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Response from Randall P | Reviewed this property |
One hour adequate as the tour is an audio tour. You will spend extra time after each audio presentation to look around the rooms. The grounds are nice as well.
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Rocklobster1991
December 29, 2017|
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Response from Lisa Ann M | Reviewed this property |
you can purchase a Winter Passport only 3 homes are open for the tours during winter. you can do 3 homes in 2 days not rushed or in one day at a quick pace the Breakers, The Elm and one other home in close proximity. because... More
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jlboydjr
December 21, 2017|
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Response from jetsetter90 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely buy online. There was a line when we went, it went fast but why not purchase online and walk straight in.
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