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Set among the many mansions on Newport’s Bellevue Avenue, Rosecliff was often the setting of lavish parties, including an evening featuring famous magician Harry Houdini. But the property wasn’t always quite so grand. The story begins in the late 1880s when Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs spent a summer in Newport and met her husband Hermann Oelrichs at Rosecliff. A year after they were married, the couple bought the mansion and additional property along Bellevue Avenue.

In 1899, the couple hired an architect and commissioned a home modeled after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. It took three years to complete at a cost of $2.5 million. Rosecliff’s last private owners, Mr. and Mrs. J. Edgar Monroe of New Orleans, later donated the furnished home to The Preservation Society of Newport County in 1971.

If you find the estate looks amazingly familiar on your first visit, don’t be alarmed. Scenes from many movies, including The Great Gatsby, True Lies, Amistad and 27 Dresses, were shot here.

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Newport Cliff Walk Self-Guided Walking Tour

Newport Cliff Walk Self-Guided Walking Tour

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Explore scenic, Newport’s historic Cliff Walk at your own pace using this self-guided, GPS-based tour. Download an easy-to-use app and set off on an attraction-packed audio tour. Learn the little-known stories behind famous families of the Gilded Age—the Vanderbilts, the Astors, and other millionaires—and see their iconic oceanside mansions.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour

Private Historic Newport Pedicab Tour

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Hop into a pedicab for a private tour of Newport, Rhode Island. Your personal guide, who navigates through the area for you, tailors the tour to your interests and provides little–known anecdotes about Newport’s rich history. Unlike bus and shuttle tours, pedicab transport affords you unobstructed views of the scenery and plenty of photo opportunities.
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  • 1 hour
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Ultimate Newport Self-Guided Bundle Tour

Ultimate Newport Self-Guided Bundle Tour

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Visit historic, coastal Newport at your own pace during this attraction-packed, self-guided tour. Follow a carefully chosen itinerary and live GPS map, with stops at celebrated mansions like the Bellevue House, the chateau-inspired Elms, and the iconic Vanderbilt home, the Breakers, plus natural sights like Easton’s Beach and Fort Adams State Park.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Newport's Famous Scenic Ten Mile Ocean Drive

Newport's Famous Scenic Ten Mile Ocean Drive

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Enjoy a fully narrated trolley tour of the Ocean Drive Historic District during your visit to Newport. See the residences of prominent people and catch a glimpse of seventeenth-century buildings and mansions along Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue. Learn about Newport's history and see the nation’s first public library, the oldest surviving synagogue, and John F. Kennedy’s unofficial Summer White House.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Newport Cliff Walk Self Guided Interactive Quiz and Walking Tour (Rhode Island)

Newport Cliff Walk Self Guided Interactive Quiz and Walking Tour (Rhode Island)

Return to the extravagance of the Gilded Age. Stroll beside the ocean and admire the opulent villas that line these seaside bluffs. Get to know the Vanderbilts and the Astors, and get a taste of the luxurious lifestyles they lived in these enormous mansions. Oh, and of course, there’s plenty of drama to discover among these high-society socialites, like Mrs. Astor’s ever-contentious list of who was and wasn’t invited to her super-exclusive parties. Before each stop, you'll be asked a question. Answers may be found on plaques, paintings, or even on the structures themselves. The correct response will enable an audio playback of its glorious history, along with its picture/animation/video, text transcript, tips, and advice. Get ready for the Gilded Age in America to come to life! Please note that the tour is just available for Apple devices.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Ocean Drive Historic District: A Newport Self-Guided Audio Tour

Ocean Drive Historic District: A Newport Self-Guided Audio Tour

Are you looking for a discrete way to see Newport’s local secrets? Explore at your own pace with this affordable driving tour. • Hear the rowdy Newport history of America’s famous and infamous on a mansion-packed drive from America’s Cup avenue past Fort Adams and the Cliff Walk houses of owners like Jay Leno • Hear from producer Erin Egresitz, a professional tour guide with ten years of experience and, the owner of Rhody Rambles • Take 45 minutes or linger along the way with complete control over when you start and finish • Get unlimited use before and after your booking date • Use the virtual tour option at home Once you’ve booked, you’ll receive a ticket with instructions and a unique code listed under “Before You Go”. Then simply install the VoiceMap app and enter your code. The app displays directions to the starting point. When you, and your car, are in the right place, just tap start. VoiceMap has automatic GPS playback, with turn-by-turn directions. It also works offline.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes
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Rosecliff hours of operation: Vary. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.