Newport Cliff Walk & The Breakers

3 hours | Newport | N P T - 3 8 0
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Points of Interest

  • Newport's Rocky Coastline
  • The Breakers
  • Cliff Walk
Moderate activity

Description

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

Begin your day with a fabulous nature walk along Newport's famous Cliff Walk. Resplendent with wildflowers, colorful birds, and interesting geology, this mile-and-a-quarter stretch takes you on a path that runs between Newport's rocky coastline and the "backyards" of many of Bellevue Avenue's palatial cottages. As you walk, your guide will share the stories of America's "Gilded Age" and the cast of characters that made Newport one of the nation's wealthiest summer resorts. The walk will conclude at The Breakers (sometimes due to congestion, the walk will begin after touring the mansion).

From the 1870s to the 1920s, the Vanderbilts were one of America's most affluent families and commissioned the most prestigious and expensive architectural firms to build a series of homes for them along the East Coast. In Newport, these homes, amusingly called "cottages," are unparalleled in historic significance and beauty. Built during the period known as the "Gilded Age," they are now designated as National Historic Landmarks.

As the most visited attraction in Newport, The Breakers is considered the grandest of all of the Newport summer cottages. Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, this Italian Renaissance palace was completed in 1895 in less than three years at a cost of approximately $7 million, which would be over $200 million today! Originally constructed in France and reassembled here, the Grand Hall boasts 50-foot ceilings and has the largest room in any Newport mansion. At the conclusion of your tour, a comfortable transportation will return you to the tender pier.

Special Notes:

Tour may operate in reverse order. Due to popularity, anticipate a wait of approximately 30 minutes to enter The Breakers. This tour involves walking approximately 1.25 miles. This tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition. Participation is very limited. Flash photography, selfie sticks and tripods are not permitted in the Breakers.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart pier and arrive to Cliff Walk starting point

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
46
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
01:00
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1760
Steps:
15
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Arrive to the Breakers Mansion for interior tour and browsing the gift shop

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
01:30
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
200
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Depart the Breakers for the pier

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
46
Travel time:
00:20
Restroom available:
Yes