Breakers information

Newport , USA
44 Ochre Point Ave
adult/child $19.50/5.50
Opening hours
9am-5pm Apr-mid-Oct, hrs vary mid-Oct–Mar
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A 70-room Italian Renaissance megapalace inspired by 16th-century Genoese palazzos, Breakers is the most magnificent Newport mansion. At the behest of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Richard Morris Hunt did most of the design (though craftsmen from around the world perfected the decorative program). The building was completed in 1895 and sits at Ochre Point, on a grand oceanside site. The furnishings, most made expressly for the Breakers, are all original. Don't miss the Children's Cottage on the grounds.

The Breakers' Stable & Carriage House, also designed by Hunt, sits on the west side of Bellevue Ave. It is now a museum of Vanderbilt family memorabilia, much of which provides a detailed look at the lifestyle of one of the USA's wealthiest families at the turn of the 19th century.