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The Breakers

Closes in 19 min: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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“gilded age”(466 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

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Reviewed yesterday 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.

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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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I have been to the Breaksers several times since I was a child. Bringing my own child was a first for me, but the positive experience remains. Such a beautiful spot.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Breakers is a feat of architecture, engineering and expense -- all of it gorgeous and interesting and well worth seeing.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had better company this time around! That already makes the Breakers visit better, but this time I also had the opportunity to see the Christmas decorations! They were so pretty! Check out my blog for the pics (theglittermemoirs.com)

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent a lovely afternoon touring the Newport home of the Vanderbilts. What opulence! The Audioguide offers much history and interesting facts of the Vanderbilt family and Newport society back in early 1900s. The grounds offer magnificent views of the ocean. Although we visited in early...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

A must see if you're visiting Newport. I am not usually a fan of self-guided tours, but this one is hugely entertaining. It is a bit pricey between my husband and I we spent almost $50 to go to the Breakers. The parking is free...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you liked Downton Abbey, you will love this house. An incredible 160,000 sq ft of amazing space and a great audio tour to go along with it! Get a glimpse inside the Gilded Age through a 45 (or so) minute self guided, audio tour....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice, clean and close to all. The rooms are roomy enough and the staff is very friendly. The location is well situated and easy to get to.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The guide asked for one word to describe The Breakers, my first thought was obscene. The tacky opulent over the topness of it all was ghastly and amazing all at the same time. To think that this is how "the other half lived" and that...More

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15 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.
5 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.