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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
+1 401-253-2707
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Beautiful place

Spent a few hours here last weekend with my husband. We used the audio tour which was fantastic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cttraveler66
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Wolcott, Connecticut
via mobile
Beautiful house and garden

The audio tour provides a great way to see the wonderful house and grounds. Plan on spending at... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David S
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Key Largo, Florida
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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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101 Ferry Rd, Bristol, RI 02809-2902
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+1 401-253-2707
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a few hours here last weekend with my husband. We used the audio tour which was fantastic! It covered both the inside and the grounds and made it so much more interesting. It was really a beautiful place and the giant sequoia trees were...More

Thank Cttraveler66
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The audio tour provides a great way to see the wonderful house and grounds. Plan on spending at least two hours. The gardens are always changing through the seasons.

Thank David S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here several times. Beautiful mansions and gardens still in bloom. They now have a auto tour included with admission. Wonderful history and vintage photographs. The staff of volunteers are wonderful. Very helpful. They have started a lunch at Blithewold. You order off a small...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed touring this lovely mansion in Bristol, RI. This estate has all of it's original furniture and a great history. Strolling through the gardens which take you down to the bayside is a treat.

Thank DebEM2017
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I have been going to Blithewold for many, many years. It floundered in the late 90's and was rescued by a band of neighbors working together to save this important landmark. Not only were they successful, but it has flourished under the watchful brilliant eye...More

Thank Stephanb1126
Reviewed 30 August 2017

I visited the Blithewold Mansion and Gardens with a friend while I was on vacation in Rhode Island. The mansion has some interesting history behind it and is very different compared to the much larger & opulent mansions of Newport. This was a smaller mansion...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Amazing building and grounds. Wonderful family story as well. Make sure you walk around the outside because it's gorgeous.

Thank GFamNaples
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous ocean front mansion surrounded by phenomenal flower gardens. Very well maintained property inside and out. Absolutely beautiful, totally relaxing. Beautiful walk on a summer day. Lovely gift shop.

Thank Cathyandrich
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Attended a wedding that was supposed to be outside but was moved indoors due to rain. Staff seemed to be very confused and even tried to move it outside again before it started raining. Hard to walk to the locations in the rain especially on...More

Thank Dad527
Reviewed 16 August 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a spectacular wedding at this location. The staff was well trained and professional. The food and beverage service was excellent. Everyone seemed to enjoy their experience there.

Thank MCGEETYREE
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Theresa H
24 December 2016|
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Response from Blithewold M | Property representative |
Hi there, About 45 minutes for the inside of the house and another 30-45 if you tour the grounds. Have fun!!
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nanastamm
7 July 2016|
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Response from Blithewold M | Property representative |
Hi Nannastam, We're so happy you're considering a visit to Blithewold. We've recently installed a permanent ramp and widened some of the doorways into the Mansion, to allow for easier access for folks with wheelchairs and... More
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CTBadger
21 August 2015|
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Response from AmandaRhodeIsland | Reviewed this property |
During visiting hours you must purchase a ticket the ticket includes the mansion and the gardens . When the mansion is closed the box is a honor system to view the gardens .
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