We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Marble House

596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
+1 401-847-1000
Website
Share
Save
Book In Advance
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. It was a summer house, or "cottage", as Newporters called them in remembrance of the modest houses of the early 19th century. But Marble House was much more; it was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. Mr. Vanderbilt was the grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who established the family's fortune in steamships and the New York Central Railroad. His older brother was Cornelius II, who built The Breakers. Alva Vanderbilt was a leading hostess in Newport society, and envisioned Marble House as her "temple to the arts" in America. The house was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt, inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The cost of the house was reported in contemporary press accounts to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Upon its completion, Mr. Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife as a 39th birthday present.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“alva vanderbilt” (97 reviews)
“audio tour” (202 reviews)
“her daughter” (32 reviews)
LOCATION
596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265
CONTACT
Website
+1 401-847-1000
Ways to Experience Marble House
from US$89.00
More Info
from US$57.00
More Info
from US$99.00
More Info
from US$37.50
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (1,467)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"alva vanderbilt"
in 97 reviews
"audio tour"
in 202 reviews
"her daughter"
in 32 reviews
"gothic room"
in 26 reviews
"gilded age"
in 97 reviews
"own pace"
in 78 reviews
"my favorite"
in 55 reviews
"over the top"
in 54 reviews
"beautiful mansion"
in 45 reviews
"summer cottage"
in 35 reviews
"dining room"
in 23 reviews
"newport mansions"
in 53 reviews
"preservation society"
in 38 reviews
"the kitchen"
in 20 reviews
"interesting history"
in 18 reviews
"take your time"
in 14 reviews
"self guided"
in 19 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 1,385 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Of the three houses we visited (Breakers and Elms were the other two), we thought this one was the most beautiful. Great audio guide, too!

Thank DCDolcevita
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 2 days ago

Intriguing use of marble throughout the home. More decor and examples of how the very rich lived during these Golden years.

Thank Cindy B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first mansion that we visited. The audio tour was good, but it seemed like something was missing. In my opinion was is a one time only visit. If you only had time for one mansion, choose The Breakers

Thank CBR0107
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is another one of the beautiful cottages in Newport! Marble House is was created by Alva Vanderbilt and Richard Morris Hunt. The front is gorgeous and the inside is lovely as well! Spend about an hour here and maybe also do Chateau sur Mer...More

Thank VAChuck
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago

Air conditioned Amazing marble Great architecture Amazing place to see Should be one of your top 5 Consider membership so you get discount at Hunter House Another must see

Thank clarkkw
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to buy the ticket for just one house. That was enough, we spent an hour here and the audio guide was very interesting however I feel we didn’t want to see more houses especially with the heat. What a beautiful house and we...More

Thank BelinderK
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed this tour. The walk along the tea house and the view of the ocean was spectacular.

Thank rhouy77
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago

My second favorite mansion after the Breakers. Another must see in Newport. A real piece of living history preserved. Parts of this mansion came from all over the world, which I found fascinating. Like the other mansions they offer a self guided audio tour that...More

Thank sdaTewksbury_ma
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing! With 500,000 cubic feet of marble, it's hard to take in the lavishness of Alva Vanderbilt's summer home. One room was gold - not gold paint - but real 22 K gilded gold. The Stair Hall features a marble staircase and four front door...More

Thank Rebecca L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This mansion did not stand out to me as much as some of the other mansions did, but it is so worth going as part of your tour! There is even a room made of 22k gold!

Thank Gabriella G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 21 hotels in Newport
Wellington Resort
137 reviews
1.91 km away
Wyndham Newport Onshore
153 reviews
2.45 km away
Wyndham Inn on the Harbor
161 reviews
2.52 km away
Forty 1⁰ North
681 reviews
2.57 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Restaurant Bouchard
992 reviews
2.05 km away
Rosemary and Thyme's Rustica Kitchen
497 reviews
2.09 km away
Mamma Luisa Restaurant
555 reviews
1.50 km away
Scales & Shells
454 reviews
1.96 km away
Nearby Attractions
The Breakers
4,956 reviews
1.04 km away
Rough Point
481 reviews
.78 km away
The Preservation Society of Newport County
119 reviews
1.43 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Rebecca S
7 December 2017|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from Oliver S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and a good one
1
Vote
Jo G
21 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from hockeychief | Reviewed this property |
The five house ticket does cost less than the one year pass and is probably a better value than individual house prices but I am not certain. BUT, I can tell you do not do more than two mansions in one day or you will be... More
1
Vote
clangm
5 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 15 answers
Response from Barbara F | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is plenty of parking across the street!
1
Vote