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Rough Point

680 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4283
+1 401-849-7300
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Very interesting tour of Doris Duke's mansion. Beautiful grounds and rooms! Tour guide was very... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2016
Judy C
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Rhode Island
Rough Point, former mansion of Doris Duke

The tour was interesting, although highly positive and skipped over negative aspects of Doris... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2016
brad j
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Mansion belonging to the American Tobacco Co. heiress and founder of the Newport Restoration Foundation, Doris Duke.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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680 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-4283
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

Very interesting tour of Doris Duke's mansion. Beautiful grounds and rooms! Tour guide was very informative. So many items to view!

Thank Judy C
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NRFStaff, Public Relations Manager at Rough Point, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2016

We are so happy to hear you had a great time! Thank you for visiting!

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Reviewed 2 November 2016

The tour was interesting, although highly positive and skipped over negative aspects of Doris Duke's life. The cost was $25 a person for 90 minutes. Got to walk the outside grounds. Go on a nice weather day.

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NRFStaff, Public Relations Manager at Rough Point, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2016

We appreciate the helpful feedback! Thank you for visiting Rough Point

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Reviewed 31 October 2016

Amazing history of the life of the Dukes, especially the latest inhabitant, Doris. What a wonderful and philanthropic and interesting woman she was. Just opened in 2000 as she died in 1993. The exhibits of art and articles changes as she collected so much during...More

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NRFStaff, Public Relations Manager at Rough Point, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Rough Point. We’re so glad you enjoyed your experience!

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Reviewed 27 October 2016

This mansion had one of the most beautiful properties, situated right along the water with gardens around it. This is a personal tour which runs on the 1/2 hour, and it is a nice change from the headsets you tour with at the other mansions....More

Thank Kristie L
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NRFStaff, Public Relations Manager at Rough Point, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Thank you for the fantastic review! We hope to see you again soon

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Reviewed 24 October 2016

The other Newport mansions are from the Gilded Age as is Rough Point, but Rough Point was restored by Doris Duke in the 1960s. It is a much more recognizable decor style. Just magnificent. The view here is stupendous.

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NRFStaff, Public Relations Manager at Rough Point, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

We’re so glad you had a great experience at Rough Point! Thank you for coming to see us!

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Reviewed 19 October 2016

We enjoyed touring this magnificent mansion. The guide was very knowledgeable. It's not ornate like The Breakers but the furnishings, artwork and antiques are incredible. After the tour spend time wandering around the grounds. The view is breathtaking!

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NRFStaff, Public Relations Manager at Rough Point, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

We’re so happy you enjoyed your tour of Rough Point and enjoyed our spectacular views! Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

She was probably as close to American Royalty as we've ever experienced. An interesting woman, with a bottomless well of inherited money. She lived the life, and you can get a peek at it here.

Thank Ed H
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NRFStaff, Public Relations Manager at Rough Point, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

A fascinating life, indeed! Thanks so much for coming to visit us. We’re glad you had a such a great experience and took the time to share it.

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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Rough Point was so enjoyable - Liz, our guide was wonderful and so full of information. Not only did we learn about the house but about Doris Duke and her life, also amazing. Many of the other cottages have audio tours which are fine, but...More

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NRFStaff, Public Relations Manager at Rough Point, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

We love to hear you had such a great time on your tour! Thank you for visiting Rough Point!

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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Visited this during week and found a treasure of collection from Doris Duke. Excellent guide explained her entire life, her passions and collections. Her gardens, her love for animals including her camels were all explained. Her two marriages, her having the first prenup and her...More

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NRFStaff, Public Relations Manager at Rough Point, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

We appreciate your wonderful review! We’re so glad you enjoyed your experience at Rough Point.

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Reviewed 17 October 2016

I visited Rough Point on a cold and rainy and dreary day during my visit to Newport. It is at the end of Bellevue, so it was has incredible views. When going, keep in mind it is not included in the pass so you'll have...More

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NRFStaff, Public Relations Manager at Rough Point, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thank you for visiting Rough Point and for sharing your experience with us!

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Kathy B
24 September 2017|
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Response from NRFStaff | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your question! You do not need to print a ticket that you purchased online. You can just let the desk staff know the name in which the ticket was purchased under and that will grant you admission.
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annecybound2006
14 October 2016|
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Response from 491bonnie | Reviewed this property |
Good answer by Richard B. Don't miss Rough Point, if you get a chance, watch the movie Too rich - the secret life of Doris Duke. I visited many mansions, but this is the one I made the trip for.
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Response from wendylr22 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know where cruises arrive, so I can't tell you for sure. There are bus/trolleys from the Newport Visitor's Center, but the schedule/route varies by season. On the off season they do not make as many stops, so there... More
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