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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
+1 401-253-2707
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A must see attraction

Blithewold is deeply rooted in local history and has so much to see along with numerous tantalizing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Spectacular Grounds

Stunning views with beautiful gardens & trees. Especially loved the giant sequoias! Loved the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Long Island, New York
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Blithewold, named in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New England is located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston. Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring - and unique to Blithewold. Come...and be inspired.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
+1 401-253-2707
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Blithewold is deeply rooted in local history and has so much to see along with numerous tantalizing events throughout the year.

Thank Ethan401
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stunning views with beautiful gardens & trees. Especially loved the giant sequoias! Loved the water views too!

Thank Kawags
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Spent a few hours here last weekend with my husband. We used the audio tour which was fantastic! It covered both the inside and the grounds and made it so much more interesting. It was really a beautiful place and the giant sequoia trees were...More

Thank Cttraveler66
Reviewed 29 September 2017

The audio tour provides a great way to see the wonderful house and grounds. Plan on spending at least two hours. The gardens are always changing through the seasons.

Thank David S
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Been here several times. Beautiful mansions and gardens still in bloom. They now have a auto tour included with admission. Wonderful history and vintage photographs. The staff of volunteers are wonderful. Very helpful. They have started a lunch at Blithewold. You order off a small...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Really enjoyed touring this lovely mansion in Bristol, RI. This estate has all of it's original furniture and a great history. Strolling through the gardens which take you down to the bayside is a treat.

Thank DebEM2017
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I have been going to Blithewold for many, many years. It floundered in the late 90's and was rescued by a band of neighbors working together to save this important landmark. Not only were they successful, but it has flourished under the watchful brilliant eye...More

Thank Stephanb1126
Reviewed 29 August 2017

I visited the Blithewold Mansion and Gardens with a friend while I was on vacation in Rhode Island. The mansion has some interesting history behind it and is very different compared to the much larger & opulent mansions of Newport. This was a smaller mansion...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Amazing building and grounds. Wonderful family story as well. Make sure you walk around the outside because it's gorgeous.

Thank GFamNaples
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous ocean front mansion surrounded by phenomenal flower gardens. Very well maintained property inside and out. Absolutely beautiful, totally relaxing. Beautiful walk on a summer day. Lovely gift shop.

Thank Cathyandrich
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Theresa H
23 December 2016|
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Response from Blithewold M | Property representative |
Hi there, About 45 minutes for the inside of the house and another 30-45 if you tour the grounds. Have fun!!
7 July 2016|
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Response from Blithewold M | Property representative |
Hi Nannastam, We're so happy you're considering a visit to Blithewold. We've recently installed a permanent ramp and widened some of the doorways into the Mansion, to allow for easier access for folks with wheelchairs and... More
21 August 2015|
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Response from AmandaRhodeIsland | Reviewed this property |
During visiting hours you must purchase a ticket the ticket includes the mansion and the gardens . When the mansion is closed the box is a honor system to view the gardens .