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Rosecliff, Newport

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Having served as a setting in films like "High Society" and "The Great Gatsby," Rosecliff stands out among the opulent mansions of Newport. Take a self-guided tour of the home at your own pace and choose between what type of information you would like to hear. For example, after listening to basic information about the room, you can choose to learn about the architecture, specific furnishings, or life in the Gilded Age. Walk up the famous heart-shaped staircase and enjoy the views of the grounds outside. Photography isn't permitted inside the mansion. Plan to visit Rosecliff and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Newport attractions using our Newport vacation builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The special exhibit when we visited was dresses by Pierre Cardin. Very interesting. The building and grounds were very lovely.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Visit Rosecliff after the Breakers can be frustrating. After the luxury and opulence of the Breakers, Rosecliff seems small and somewhat empty. History of the House and the owners is very interesting and the stairs and some parts like the Ballroom are beautiful. Attention No audio guide in french, we translate our children as and when. A path to the cliff walk is nearby.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Rosecliff, built from 1898-1902, is in the French Baroque Revival style. It is beautifully elaborate without being ostentatious. It is my favorite of the mansions rated as the top 5. The rooms are ver...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    Beautiful mansion that did not go over the top. Had interesting retro fashion designer displays to browse through on second floor at the end of the self guided house tour. This was the only mansion we visited that we could imagine actually wanting to live in.
  • June 10, 2017
    A beautiful Newport mansion with self-guided audio tours. Tour takes between 20-30 min depending on how many optional audio tracks you listen to. The best feature is the winding grand staircase you get to both climb and descend during the tour. Currently, a single house tour is $17.50, but can be combined with other mansion tours for savings. Also, they have a Pierre Cardon fashion exhibit (mid-2017), a new use for some of the upstairs bedrooms and hallway.
  • June 6, 2017
    I would recommend checking this out. Yes, the history gets a little boring but some of the tour was facinating. If you can wear your own guide and go at your own pace that's better than a tour guide in my opinion which is what we did! Explore a fantasy world and a whole different lifestyle for an hour or so. I personally love architecture/design though so I enjoyed the structure of the mansion and emmaculate designs throughout this mansion.
  • June 27, 2017
    We went to the Newport Flower Show here, amazing! The grounds and seaside, simply stunning. The mansion is very "Great Gatsby"
  • June 6, 2017
    A wonderful look into the past gilded age. The Pierre Cardin exhibit was fabulous !! The only experience that we missed was touring the beautiful grounds because the weather didn't cooperate.

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