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Newport Cliff Walk Self-Guided Walking Tour

Newport's Cliff Walk features the raw, untamed, crashing waves of the Atlantic to one side and lavish, man-made Gilded Age mansions to the other. This juxtaposition creates one of the most beautiful scenic walks in the world. Get the most out of the Cliff Walk with this self-guided audio tour, which dives into the Gilded Age and explores the stories behind the Vanderbilts, Astors, and other American millionaires behind mansions like The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, and others.

Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a password and an app. Download the app, enter password, & download tour. When you arrive, go to Easton’s Beach or 40 Steps to start the tour. Stick to the tour route for the best experience.

Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking!

This is not an entrance ticket. Check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit.

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2 to 4 hours


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  • What's included :
    • GPS Map
    • Audios and Text
    • Online Support
    • Newport’s Cliff Walk offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gilded Age Mansions.
    • Admire the scenery — both natural and architectural — as you stroll along this peaceful walk.
    • The scenic Cliff Walk trail passes famed mansions like the Breakers, Rosecliff, and Marble House.
    What's excluded :
    • Admission to Paid Attractions
    • Entry/Admission - Ochre Court
    • Entry/Admission - McAuley Hall
    • Entry/Admission - The Breakers
    • Entry/Admission - Rosecliff
    • Entry/Admission - Beechwood (Astor mansion)
    • Entry/Admission - Marble House
    • Entry/Admission - Rough Point Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Bailey’s Beach
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Easton's Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI 02840-3659

    Embark on this scenic walk at the Cliff Walk entrance by Easton's Beach. We'll learn a little about Easton's Beach as we set off on this journey, followed immediately by a short look at the Chanler. As we continue along, we'll dive into Newport's history, the effect of the Gilded Age, and the Cliff Walk's creation. We'll also learn a little about the "old-money" families, like the Vanderbilts and Astors, whose grand summer cottages line the Cliff Walk.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Forty Steps, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Our first major stop comes at the iconic Forty Steps. This is an alternative starting point for the tour and a wonderful opportunity to walk down these historic steps and appreciate the wild beauty of the crashing waves in front. We'll learn about the Gilded Age elites who tried to keep access to the Cliff Walk for themselves by building a wall -- and about the lower-class residents who tore those walls down! Thanks to their battles, this beautiful pathway has remained open to the public.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Ochre Court, Newport, RI

    Ochre Court will immediately arrest our eyes! This châteauesque mansion cost of $4.5 million... in 1892. And it certainly shows! Now the centerpiece of the Salve Regina University, this mansion isn't open for tours... but that won't stop us from learning all about it's rich and fascinating history!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: McAuley Hall, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Next up on our Cliff Walk tour: the manorial Vinland Estate. This Vikings-inspired mansion is now Salve Regina's McAuley Hall. As we pass this beautiful red-stone mansion, we'll learn all about it's inspiration and its unique owner.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6906

    Finally, we reach Newport's highlight: The Breakers. This Vanderbilt mansion is the biggest and the best of all of Newport's summer cottages -- and you can tell. We'll look past the gate, across the sweeping lawns, and up to the magestic and marvelous mansion's facade. We'll dive into the Vanderbilt backstory, the mansion's architectural wonders, and much more while here. We'll also explore the technological wonders at work beneath the Breakers.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Rosecliff, 584 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265

    Rosecliff is next on our path along the Cliff Walk. This is arguably the most beautiful of the Newport Mansions, and it contains a rotating exhibition gallery on it's top floor. You can immediately spot this mansion by it's pink-and-white awning.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Beechwood (Astor mansion), 580 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    As we continue, we'll pass the Astors' summer cottage: Beechwood. Mrs. Astor famously had a "300 List" - the definitive list of the 300 people she considered high society. Where did that number come from? Well, this ballroom actually! It fit 300 guests. We'll learn more about this list, the Astors, and the Gilded Age as we continue to walk down Newport's Cliff Walk.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Marble House, 596 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4265

    Our journey now takes us past Marble House, one of the most opulent and magnificent of Newport's Mansions. This Gilded Age marvel is another Vanderbilt home, and actually has one of the most interesting histories of all the mansions here. We'll learn all about Marble House's powerful owner Alva and it's beautiful Chinese Tea House.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Rough Point Museum, 680 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4283

    As we continue along the Cliff Walk, we can catch a glimpse of an English Manorial style home through the trees: that's Rough Point. As we pass, we'll learn all about it's eccentric (and possibly dangerous) owner: Doris Duke.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Lands End, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    As we near the end of the Cliff Walk, we'll see one final mansion: Land's End. This was the home of Edith Wharton, the gifted author who abhorred being a Gilded Age elite. We'll learn all about Wharton and her works as we continue.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Bailey’s Beach, Cliff Walk, Newport, RI 02840, USA

    Our tour along the beautiful Cliff Walk ends near another beach: Bailey's Beach. The northeast end of the beach, where the Cliff Walk ends, is open to the public, but Bailey’s Beach itself is private, welcoming only a very exclusive club.... reminiscent of Mrs. Astor’s “400” list. Perhaps the Gilded Age lives on in Newport!

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Easton's Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI 02840, USA
    Departure Time :
    3/18/2020 - 1/11/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Bailey’s Beach, Cliff Walk, Newport, RI 02840, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


English - Written, English - Audio

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Organised by Sarla Analytics

Activity ID: V-259640P2

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