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The Breakers
The Breakers

The Breakers

Daily 9am - 5pm
44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI, 02840

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.

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Newport Gilded Age Mansions Trolley Tour with Breakers Admission
Newport Gilded Age Mansions Trolley Tour with Breakers Admission
$46.25 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent tour for couples and families.
We had an excellent tour guide. He was so informative and funny and engaged our kids. He was punctual and polite.
melissa_m, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Newport

star-4
Our Soggy Day Tour
Marlene_O, Oct 2021
Newport Trolley Tour with Breakers - Viking Tours
Being close to the ocean, seeing the beautiful houses along the route, & visiting the Breakers. The driver was very knowledgeable of the area & the trolley was clean. The weather was the worst it could be so we rode back wet from being in the rain. We also missed out on seeing some points of interest because of the fog.
star-5
Excellent local tour guide.
DLK, Jun 2021
Newport Trolley Tour with Breakers - Viking Tours
Excellent local tour guide. He had many amusing stories of the local history. I was disappointed that there was not a tour guide at the Breakers. I am not sure if that was a covid response or not. However, they did supply a pamphlet and a recorded tour.
star-5
Great trip! The tour was...
Kim_M, Oct 2021
Boston to Newport Small-Group Day Trip with Breakers & Elms Mansion Admission
Great trip! The tour was well organized, van was clean and modern, the tour guide was great and a safe driver. Highly recommended.
star-5
Great Newport trolley tour!
Debra_H, Oct 2021
Newport Gilded Age Mansions Trolley Tour with Breakers Admission
The trolley tour was a great way to see the highlights of Newport! The trolley was very clean and comfortable and our tour guide did a great job. He was informative and entertaining. Would definitely recommend!
star-5
Great tour
manonwells, Jul 2021
Newport Gilded Age Mansions Trolley Tour with Breakers Admission
It was a great tour. Loved it. Troy was a hoot. Great. Great 👍👌 Was a wonderful day.... Clean trolly....
star-4
Nice experience
Aditi_G, May 2021
Boston to Newport Small-Group Day Trip with Breakers & Elms Mansion Admission
The Cliff walk was great! So was the Breaker mansion. Unfortunately could not see the other mansions due to closure because of covid.
star-5
Fun tour!
Brenda_V, Oct 2021
Newport Gilded Age Mansions Trolley Tour with Breakers Admission
We had a great time! It was a wonderful tour! Our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. The Breakers was beautiful.
star-5
Four fantastic hours in Newport!
William_G, Sep 2021
Newport Trolley Tour with Breakers - Viking Tours
Tour guide's narration, inclusion of many sights and the Breakers self tour were all wonderful. Perfect for having a very short amount of time in Newport.
star-5
Our guide was wonderful....
sandy_m, Sep 2021
Newport Viking Trolley Tour with Breakers & Marble House Admission
Our guide was wonderful. She was funny and knowledgeable. It’s a great tour to see the 2 mansions and the area.
star-5
A Newport must!
Tammy_K, Sep 2021
Newport Viking Trolley Tour with Breakers & Marble House Admission
Our guide was born and raised in Newport so he had many stories about the beautiful city. He was great, so knowledgeable and fun!
star-5
A Must See
Lisa_L, Oct 2021
Newport Gilded Age Mansions Trolley Tour with Breakers Admission
We had a great tour with our Trolley driver Troy. He was very knowledgeable and witty. We toured The Breaker’s mansion which was incredible.
star-5
The Breakers tour was...
Darrah_R, Sep 2021
Newport Trolley Tour with Breakers - Viking Tours
The Breakers tour was amazing. And Anne, our tour guide on the Viking trolley, was great! Would definitely do a similar tour again.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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