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  • Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA
  • Hours: Daily 9am - 5pm
  • Admission: Varies

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The Breakers Tours

The Breakers, the crown jewel of the Newport mansions and the summer estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, is an architectural and social archetype of the Gilded Age. The 70-room, four-story structure was built in 1895 and designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, who modeled it after 16th-century Italian Renaissance palaces.
 
The Basics
Vanderbilt, the grandson of railroad tycoon Commodore Vanderbilt, spared no expense in designing this lavish Gilded Age temple, installing a high entrance gate that weighs over seven tons; using gold leaf and rare marble; and bringing in painters from Europe to create mural-size baroque paintings. Inside, all the furnishings on view are original. Outside, open-air terraces give way to breathtaking ocean views. The Preservation Society of Newport County purchased the house in 1972, and today it is a National Historic Landmark, part of the Bellevue Avenue Historic District.
 
To visit the Breakers, you must arrange a tour through the Preservation Society of Newport County. Many Breakers tours are available, some departing from as far away as Boston and New Hampshire. Local tours of Newport include city sightseeing with admission to the Breakers and sometimes Marble House as well.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • During the busy summer months, tours do sell out. Purchase a tour ahead of time to avoid disappointment, or ensure your admission as part of a more comprehensive guided Newport tour.
  • Flash-free photography is allowed inside the Breakers, but tripods and other equipment are not.
  • The Breakers, Marble House, the Elms, and Rosecliff are partially wheelchair accessible; please call ahead for more information.
  • Children are welcome at the Breakers, but strollers are not allowed inside the house.
 
How to Get There
The Breakers is located on Ochre Point Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. About a half-mile west of the house is the Breakers Stable & Carriage House, which houses an exhibit on the New York Central Railroad.
 
When to Get There
The Breakers mansion is open year-round for tours and is busiest in the summer, when Newport plays host to vacationers from all over the East Coast and beyond.
 
Other Historic Newport Cottages
The Breakers is part of a group of historic cottages under the auspices of the Newport Preservation Society. Most of them are within walking distance of one another, and include Rosecliff, Marble House, the Elms, Chepstow, Hunter House, the Isaac Bell House, Chateau-sur-Mer, Kingscote, and the Green Animals Topiary Garden. Some excursions include admission and guided tours of some or all of the houses.

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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with The Breakers and Marble House Admission, Newport, null
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Newport Viking Trolley Tour with The Breakers and Marble House Admission

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Experience the charm of Newport on this 4-hour trolley tour. Learn about the unique history of buildings and restored homes on Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and marvel ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.00
Newport Mansions at Christmas: The Breakers and Marble House, Boston, City Tours
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Newport Mansions at Christmas: The Breakers and Marble House

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

This holiday season, gilded mansions, million-dollar yachts, evergreen trees and beautiful coastal views await you on this day trip from Boston to Newport, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston, Boston, Day Trips
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Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 Reviews

Escape to the lovely coastal city of Newport, Rhode Island, on this day trip that includes both a guided tour and free time. Explore The Breakers mansion, the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Newport Mansions and Waterfront Sightseeing From Boston, Boston, Day Trips
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Newport Mansions and Waterfront Sightseeing From Boston

4.5 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

On this day trip from Boston to Rhode Island, view the gilded mansions, million-dollar yachts and gorgeous beaches of Newport, home to the famous Newport ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour, Newport, Day Trips
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Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Small city, big history!  Let your private pedicab driver take you around Newport's fascinating historic high points. See it all at the perfect speed with your ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.50
Full Day Newport Harbor Sail from New Hampshire, Manchester, Pedicab Tours
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Full Day Newport Harbor Sail from New Hampshire

Enjoy a sail through Newport Harbor on the classic Schooner Madeline. This memorable perspective of Newport Harbor is an experience that you and your family ...  Read more

Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Full-Day Trip to Plymouth and Newport from Boston, Boston, Day Trips
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Full-Day Trip to Plymouth and Newport from Boston

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Enjoy Plymouth, Massachusetts and Newport, Rhode Island, two of New England's best-loved cities, on this full-day trip from Boston. Visit Plymouth Plantation — ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $64.00
Private Day Trip From Boston to the Newport Mansions, Boston, Day Trips
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Private Day Trip From Boston to the Newport Mansions

Escape the city for the day and visit the charming, historic Newport mansions in coastal Newport, Rhode Island! With this private, full-day trip you'll enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $780.00
Boston to Newport Mansions by Luxury Rolls Royce Ghost, Boston, Private Day Trips
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Boston to Newport Mansions by Luxury Rolls Royce Ghost

Escape the city for the day and visit the charming, historic Newport mansions in coastal Newport, Rhode Island! With this private, full-day trip you'll enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $3,000.00

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