One of the best ways to see Newport, Rhode Island, this Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour will take you through the city's oldest neighborhood, where you'll discover its hidden architecture and learn about the people who labored here to establish a legacy of liberty.
Expert guides lead participants on a guided walk through the Old Quarter, past many of Newport's landmark 18th-century sites. Newport's storied history still thrives in the Old Quarter, and you'll be able to experience the area's living history in its galleries, shops, taverns, restaurants, and on the vibrant streets of this timeless arts-and-culture neighborhood. The heart of this city-by-the-sea is packed with museums, places of worship, and other fascinating sites.
In Newport, 17th-century English settlers started a community based on religious toleration, which lead to a thriving, cosmopolitan city. It attracted craftsmen and artists, and citizens with the wherewithal to patronize them. Distinctly American originals, such as Newport's Goddard-Townsend craftsmen, the finest furniture makers in America, flourished in Newport. In the 19th and 20th centuries, wealthy Americans, along with gifted artists, writers, and architects, made Newport their summer resort during the Gilded Age.
At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Newport Historical Society's Museum and Shop at the Brick Market (please note that there is a suggested donation of $4 US per adult and $2 US per child over the age 5 if you wish to visit the museum). This award-winning institution provides people of all ages an engaging introduction to the area's rich history and the beauty of its architecture. Glimpse the lives of the people --past and present-- who have made Newport one of America's most historic cities.
Reviewer: ANTOINE GASPARD
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Reviewer: Melanie Cowart
Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour was a wonderful way to see Newport up close and personal. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, and we learned a great deal about the quest for religious freedom that served as part of the basis for the founding of our country and for the development of Newport. There are so many well-preserved historic buildings in Newport, and we had access to an original Quaker meeting house. I would recommend this tour to others.
Reviewer: Patricia Simcoe-Rosenbaum
Our guide Sam was fabulous. He provided an interesting, humorous and factual overview of the history and buildings in the town centre.
Reviewer: Barbara Horwitz
We had visited the mansions on prior trips to Newport, and wanted to see something different. This was a great tour! Our guide was a very knowledgeable and personable volunteer, who had interesting information to give us about what it was like in early Newport. The walk was just the right length, and extremely interesting. We totally enjoyed it!
Reviewer: Michele Larson
Our tour guide was knowledgeable and shared in depth about the colonial history of Newport. I would recommend this tour.