Guided Tour of Vanderbilt Mansions in Newport
Explore the full magnificence of Newport, the playground of America's richest families in the early 20th century. Tour two astounding Vanderbilt mansions after cruising through town on board a trolley or bus.
What You Will Do
- Wander through Cornelius Vanderbilt's Renaissance-style mansion, as well as the Marble House of William Vanderbilt modeled after the White House
- Roll along the Atlantic coast as you follow the Ten Mile Ocean Drive—an exclusive stretch of road once cluttered with Rolls Royces
- Gaze at over 300 years of architecture: From Colonial and Gothic Revival to Modern and more
- Marvel at the opulent mansions of Bellevue Avenue—some so large that they are now museums or even schools
- Take in all of Newport with this extensive tour that covers over 150 intriguing landmarks that range from the Gilded to the Modern Age
- Guided tour of Newport
- Tours through two mansions
Some trolleys are wheel chair accessible.
- 81 Ratings
Tour was very good. As with most tour guides, it seems sharing personal information is a high priority.
My family and I greatly enjoyed the tour. Ray was awesome! He provided a great historical background with a lot of personal touches, since he grew up in Newport. His ability to speak in such a personal way really made the tour special. Thanks so much!
Ray was a wonderful tour guide!
Office folks were very helpful. Tour was great.
It was a very rainy day but the tour interesting. The tour guide, I don't remember his name, retired Army, was very good and helpful.
We arrived at the tour site about 10 minutes before departure and there were limited seating available. Even though my family was able to find seats we were not able to be together. When the tour guide mentioned places of interest, they were difficult to spot where we were sitting. The breaker mansion self guided tour was very interesting but wish there were a bit more time allowed to listen to the other audio tour and walk around the grounds. Other than that, our family really enjoyed the tour and hearing about all the history of ,,RI.
The trolley tour was a little boring and those at the back of the trolley could not see what he was talking about because the shrubs were our way when he stopped at gates to houses. . The Breakers was interesting but we did not have enough time to walk around the grounds after listening to the guided tour.
Needed more time at the breakers. Driver was great
- Mary Anne
The driver was fumbling with cigarette and a lighter outside the bus. That set a weird tone. Also. I didn't really like the facts about the Gilded age. I don't agree that the age ended with the passing of the 16th amendment. It was only a 7% rate on the highest income. That hardly was a dent in their lives. It really ended with WWI.
The audio in the trolley has much to be desired. Hard to understand our guide Jim. That said, Jim was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and quite personable. He gave us tips for drinks and dinner places. Overall it was a great way to see everything and gain knowledge of how the "other side " lives.