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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

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Address: 101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
Phone Number:
+1 401-253-2707
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Blithewold, named in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New...

Blithewold, named in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New England is located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston. Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring - and unique to Blithewold. Come...and be inspired.

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Wonderful tour, peaceful place

We went on a weekday near the beginning of the season. The flowers hadn't bloomed yet so we'll go back, since they are likely to be spectacular. The tour was a lot of fun. Our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Milford, MA
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Milford, MA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a weekday near the beginning of the season. The flowers hadn't bloomed yet so we'll go back, since they are likely to be spectacular. The tour was a lot of fun. Our tour guide, Suzanne, was a lot of fun. She was really passionate about the mansion, its history, and its amenities. Her enthusiasm and great storytelling... More 

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Seekonk, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mansion and Views are Beautiful. Trail Paths you can follow through the grounds and beautiful trees (some very old). Take a walk down by the water .. again beautiful views.

Thank mersee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017

It is worth the fee to go have the tour of the house, It is awesome to see and know they had a salt water bath tub hooked up to the sea water, the tour guide gave you a great tour and info on the house that I was unaware of use your AAA card and get a discount on... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We came on a gray Saturday afternoon in late Feb and had the grounds entirely to ourselves. There is so much to see and explore even when the gardens aren't in bloom. The kids loved the waterfront (there is a little "beach" covered with limpet shells rather than sand) and the huge trees around the property. We also loved the... More 

1 Thank sadalit
Bristol, Rhode Island
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Gorgeous Manson and grounds. Enjoy a walk on the grounds, a tour of the mansion and if you can go during a holiday season, such as Christmas or Easter then the house will be decorated. Fantastic daffodil days in April. A must see!

Thank Janehowlett
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We spent a very relaxing afternoon walking through these beautiful manicured garden, animals and a variety of vegetable sculpture s awaited us at every turn. We will return!

Thank Giacomo S
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This place is a jewel! Lovely Oceanside setting. The home is lovely, with many beautiful antiques. The kitchen is from a time of elegance with displays of wonderful China. The grounds of the estate with its beautiful flowers, bamboo, and stunning sequoia tree. Many weddings are held on the grounds. A lovely venue. If you love flowers it's a must... More 

Thank Helena S
Tiverton, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Blithewold mansion decorates better than the Newport mansions at Christmas time. Do a tea at Christmas time, wonderful experience! Walk the grounds in the nice weather when the flowers are out & walk down to the water. Staff is always very eager to help/inform.

Thank Lizabeans
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful !!!❤ and a fantastic way to spend part of your day. Fantastic setting that is right on the water which adds to the beauty of the house and gardens!!!

Thank Michael F
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We were lucky enough to get there on the last day of the season--beautiful house and GORGEOUS gardens.

Thank DCfromBR

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