Doris Duke's Mansion at Rough Point

Doris Duke's Mansion at Rough Point

2 hours | Newport | N P T - 1 1 0
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$ 114.95
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Points of Interest

  • The Elms
  • Rosecliff
  • Rough Point
Moderate activity

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Explore Rough Point, the exquisite English Manor home of legendary Newport resident and heiress Doris Duke. A visit of the property reveals priceless treasures, spectacular grounds, lush gardens and sweeping ocean views. Board your transportation for a scenic drive to the Rough Point estate. Built by Frederick W. Vanderbilt in 1889 on a windswept promontory overlooking the Atlantic, Duke's father purchased the home in 1922 from the widow of railroad magnate William Leeds for less than $200,000. He then spent $700,000 enlarging the house to 105 magnificent rooms. Preserved with Duke's original furnishings, the home showcases her extraordinary collection of European art, French furniture, Turkish carpets and Chinese artifacts. What sets this tour apart is that until 1993, Duke occupied the home, and the rooms feel very real and lived-in. Although opulent, there is a sense of hominess. A scenic drive back to port completes the day.

Special Notes:

No still or video photography is allowed inside the mansion. This tour does not include Ocean Drive.

Mansion tour is self guided. An audio tour is available via your smart phone and a guide will assist you in downloading. Bring your own headphones.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced


Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart Pier for drive to Rough Point

Transport type: Other
Transport Capacity: 18
Travel time: 00:15

Arrive Rough Point for tour

Time at site: 01:30
Free time at site: 90
Inside visit: Yes
Air conditioned: Yes
Walking distance: 100
Steps: 8
Restroom available: Yes
Shopping available: Yes
Photo/video restrictions: Yes
Photo/video opportunity: No

Depart Rough Point, return to pier via Bellevue Avenue

Transport type: Other
Transport Capacity: 18
Travel time: 00:15
Photo/video opportunity: No