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The Breakers

44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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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 later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century. The Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year. In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.
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“audio tour” (744 reviews)
“gilded age” (386 reviews)
“own pace” (338 reviews)
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44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very extravagant and over the top but absolutely gorgeous. I think the kitchen alone was the size of my whole house. The history is interesting... don't miss this house on your trip

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fantastic, a must see. If you are going to see more than one mansion you can buy a five house package. Most of the houses have audio tours with the basic tour and you can also pause and listen to other details on the house...More

Thank robertinSJ
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took advantage of a bus tour of the Newport area. Tour guide was. Very informative. Gave us good directions on when we would be picked up. We had plenty of time for this tour which was interesting. Traveled back to another time.

Thank WaitePJ
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit. We there during rain and wind. Didn't see much of the grounds. Felt rushed on the trolley tour

Thank Linda Wilson R
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a wonderful, opulent place, filled with beautiful furniture and art work. It is self audio guided and is very interesting providing all sorts of interesting historical facts. This is a 'must do' when in Newport.

Thank Worldwatcher
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Breakers is a gorgeous mansion from the bygone days of big dreams and low taxes. There's parking across the street for cars and tour buses. It's a self-guided tour using a pre-recorded narration, roped off route, and headphones. You get to see the wonderful...More

Thank KlubMarcus
Reviewed 3 days ago

A don't miss for "technical" minded people! Lot's of history about the workings of the mansion' s heating, electrical & water systems.

Thank Marilyn V
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We recently visited the Breakers - wow, what a 'home' from the gilded age! We took the tour using great audio devices. The tour showed us a significant portion of the house and also we learned a lot of history of the house, original owners,...More

Thank Alaska23_Family
Reviewed 3 days ago

A must see. It is hard to imagine living only a month or so each year in such a gorgeous mansion and going back to NYC.

Thank WineTraveler60
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a beautiful "cottage" situated at a very nice spot in Newport. Seeing how much money could be spent on a mansion just for 4-6 weeks a year makes one cringe but that was a different time I guess.

Thank Canan O
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Megg A
3 September 2017|
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Response from Haywood16 | Reviewed this property |
lot across the street or on side streets. Watch the no parking signs!
3 August 2017|
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Response from danny W | Reviewed this property |
Not really easy if you are over 65 like us...Younger than us Enjoyed the Hike(Not Walk)....💜❤️💛
Natalie V
1 December 2016|
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Response from acarneiro | Property representative |
The distance between The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff is certainly walkable for individuals who are in good shape and enjoy walking, but it is a good walk (close to 1/2 an hour from The Elms to The Breakers... More