The Ultimate Guide to Touring Newport RI Mansions

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By Jess
25 May 2023
Marble House in Newport, RI.

Are you ready to step back in time to the Gilded Age? Look no further than the breathtaking Newport, RI mansions. These opulent homes, each with their unique and awe-inspiring architecture and furnishings, offer an unforgettable experience.

With so many to choose from, it can be challenging to plan your visit. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to touring Newport, RI mansions. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover everything from ticket prices and tour schedules to insider tips for a memorable visit and must-see highlights. Get ready to explore Green Animals, Rosecliff, The Breakers, The Elms, Rough Point, Chateau-Sur-Mer, Marble House and more.

The Elms in Newport, RI.

The Ultimate Guide to Touring Newport RI Mansions

Ticket Prices and Tour Schedules

For those planning a visit to Newport, it is important to know the ticket prices and tour schedules for each mansion. Most of the mansions are open daily for tours, with some exceptions during holidays. The ticket prices vary depending on the mansion and the type of tour chosen.

It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance, especially during the peak season from June to September. Online bookings are available for most of the mansions, making the process easy and hassle-free.

It is also important to check the hours of operation for each mansion to plan your visit accordingly. Most mansions open at 9 am and close at 5 pm, with extended hours during the summer months.

Here is a list of ticket prices and tour schedules for the Newport RI mansions:

The Breakers
  • Open Daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Free self-guided audio tours (including a family friendly tour)
  • $29 Adult, $10 Youth (6-12), Kids under 6 are free
The Elms
  • Open Daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Free self-guided audio tours
  • $25 Adult, $10 Youth (6-12), Kids under 6 are free
  • Guide led tours from 10:30am – 3:30pm
Rough Point
  • Tuesday-Friday: 10:00am- 4:00pm; Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • $20 General Admission, $10.00 Students with ID, Children 12 & under free
Marble House
  • Open Daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Free self-guided audio tours (including a family friendly tour)
  • $25 Adult, $10 Youth (6-12), Kids under 6 are free
Green Animals Topiary Garden
  • Open Daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • $25 Adult, $10 Youth (6-12), Kids under 6 are free
  • Free self-guided audio tours
  • Open Daily, July 31 – October 1, 10:00am-5:00pm
  • $25 Adult, $10 Youth (6-12), Kids under 6 are free


Rosecliff is undergoing construction and closed for the summer 2023 season.

The Rosecliff mansion in Newport, Rhode Island is a must-do during the holiday season

Must-See Highlights at the Newport RI Mansions

As you make your way through the Newport, RI mansions it can be overwhelming to take in all the opulence and grandeur. To help you prioritize your tour, here are some must-see highlights that are not to be missed.

Inside “The Gilded Age” Tour

Running May 12-July 14, 2023, this guided tour takes you to four mansions with an in-depth behind the scenes look at various locations where the HBO hit series “The Gilded Age” was filmed. The tour is 3.5 hours, 1:15-4:45pm.

This tour requires tickets be purchased in advance.

The Chinese Tea House Café at Marble House

Newport Mansions has partnered with Stoneacre Restaurants for a unique dining experience at the iconic Chinese Tea House, located on the grounds of Marble House above the historic Cliff Walk. Enjoy brunch or afternoon tea service in the Tea House with a prix fixe menu including a tea tower, complete with savories, sweets and tea. Reservations required, you can make one here.

You must have proof of admission to the mansions or a Preservation Society membership to make a reservation.

The Breakers

The Breakers mansion is the most grand of the Newport mansions. It’s the largest and most opulent with incredible views of the Atlantic. If you are only visiting one mansion, consider the Breakers.

Bring a picnic

Did you know you can bring a picnic to enjoy at the Newport mansions? Available at any open property during tour hours (this does not include Rough Point), Newport Mansions tour ticket holders and Preservation society members are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. What an incredible way to experience the Newport mansions, and the view!

Green Animals in Portsmouth, RI.

Insider Tips for a Memorable Visit

To make the most of your visit to the Newport RI Mansions, keep a few insider tips in mind. Be prepared for a fair amount of walking – comfortable shoes are a must. Consider purchasing tickets online in advance to avoid lines and save yourself time.

Take advantage of the audio guides available at each mansion. These informative guides offer a wealth of knowledge about the history and significance of each home, and are a great way to enhance your experience. There are specific guides for kids at some of the mansions as well.

If you’re hoping to see more than one mansion, look into their discounted passes with the duo or trio pricing.

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