Newport, Rhode Island: Cliff Walk Gilded Age Audio Tour

Activity provider: Knockabout Travel

Newport, Rhode Island: Cliff Walk Gilded Age Audio Tour

Activity provider: Knockabout Travel

From US$ 7.99 per person

Embark on a hike along Newport's Cliff Walk and listen to audio content through an app on your smartphone. Learn about the families that shaped the Gilded Age, an era of explosive growth in America.

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Duration 2 hours
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Audio guide included


  • Wander along a picturesque stretch of the coast lined with Gilded Age palaces
  • Journey back in time as you visit one of Newport's most popular attractions
  • Pass by opulent mansions like the Belmont Estate, Rosecliff, and many more
  • Find your way around with ease using GPS enabled turn-by-turn directions
  • Take your time and move at your own pace as you meander along the coastline
Full description

Explore the history of Newport's mansions and the families that occupied them as you enjoy a scenic stroll along the Cliff Walk. Wander past Gilded Age palaces like the Breakers, Marble House, Belmont Estate, and many more, while listening to an informative audio guide on your phone.

Head to the starting point, open your app, and set out on your tour of Newport's Cliff Walk.

Discover how, at the turn of the 20th century, millionaires from New York and beyond competed for status by building palatial estates and throwing lavish galas in the ballrooms of their summer cottages.

Wind your way along the coastal walkway, passing by mansions like the Breakers, Rosecliff, Belmont Estate, and Rough Point. Home by home, discover how these estates were built and why so many of them were simply abandoned or sold off for a fraction of what they cost to build.

Hear about each impressive property and about the family behind it. Learn about Cornelius “The Commodore” Vanderbilt who built the most immense fortune in America at the time. And find out how his descendants squandered it.

Navigate with ease using the app's GPS-enabled turn-by-turn directions as you walk, and move at your own pace, taking your time and pausing your tour whenever you need a break.

Your audio-guided tour comes to an end at Bailey's Beach. From here, the app will guide you to the bus stop, where you can catch the bus back to Salve Regina University, just a short walk from the starting point (cost not included).

  • Audio tour
  • App
  • Transportation
  • Live guide
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Your tour begins at Forty Steps, located at the end of Narragansett Avenue where the Cliff Walk path intersects. Open the app on your smartphone and begin the tour. The audio will begin playing automatically once you have reached the starting location.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone

Know before you go

  • You can start your tour at any time you like and pause whenever you need to
  • The audio tour is GPS enabled with turn-by-turn directions, so the audio tracks begin at the right time and place without needing to look at your phone
  • At the end of the tour, the app will guide you to the closest bus/trolley stop where you can board the bus and ride back to near the starting point. This bus service is free from Memorial Day through October

Product ID: 434728