Doris Duke's Mansion at Rough Point

2 hours | Newport | N P T - 1 1 0
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  • Rough Point
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Board your comfortable transportation for a scenic drive to Rough Point, the magnificent English Manor Estate of famed heiress Doris Duke. Built by Frederick W. Vanderbilt in 1889 on a windswept promontory overlooking the Atlantic, Duke's father purchased the home in 1922 from the widow of railroad magnate William Leeds for less than $200,000. He then spent $700,000 enlarging the house to 105 magnificent rooms.

Preserved with Duke's original furnishings, the home showcases her extraordinary collection of European art, French furniture, Turkish carpets and Chinese artifacts. Among the treasures is a 15th-Century collection of Ming Dynasty porcelain, 16th-Century tapestries from Brussels, and a number of Gothic and Renaissance paintings. What sets this tour apart from the other Newport mansions is that until 1993, Duke occupied the home and it feels very real and lived-in. Nothing has been added or removed since Duke's death. Although grand it maintains hominess. At the completion of your self guided tour of Rough Point, enjoy a scenic drive back to the tender pier.

Special Notes:

No still or video photography is allowed inside the mansion. This tour does not include Ocean Drive.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart Pier for drive to Rough Point

Transport type:
Other
Transport Capacity:
18
Travel time:
00:15

Arrive Rough Point for tour

Time at site:
01:30
Free time at site:
90
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Steps:
8
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Depart Rough Point, return to pier via Bellevue Avenue

Transport type:
Other
Transport Capacity:
18
Travel time:
00:15
Photo/video opportunity:
No