Newport History Walking Tour

special offer banner Newport  History Walking Tour (Newport Historical Society's Museum, Brick Market)
Price: $40.00   Sale Price: $28.00   Save: $12.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 1 hour 15 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 10 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided None
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk on narrow, uneven sidewalks and in some places cobbled streets. Tour is not recommended for strollers, wheelchairs or scooters

Newport History Walking Tour

Join an expert guide on this Newport History walking tour and learn about Newport's history from the colonial Golden Age to the Gilded Age! Hear stories of entrepreneurship, African American heritage, religious diversity, pirates, privateers, the American Revolution and more.

Your tour starts at the historic Brick Market building. This award-winning institution provides people of all ages with 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. Next, you'll visit the Washington Square. It is the geographical and historical heart of Newport, Rhode Island. More trapezoid than square, it exists at the intersection of several major streets and what was the colonial long wharf, projecting into the harbor off Aquidneck Island and into Narragansett Bay.

Continue on to the Old Quarter. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968 due to its extensive and well-preserved assortment of intact colonial buildings dating from the early and mid-18th century. 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. Your tour concludes near the Washington Square.

Book your spot on this historical tour today.

4.5 Stars4.6 / 5  |  16 ReviewsReview This Tour
Very knowledgeable
November 10, 2022
Guide imparted his extensive knowledge to us succinctly and with humor
Reviewer: david shevel
5 Stars
Walking tour
September 30, 2022
Good walking tour with a guide who was very knowledgable.
Reviewer: Richard
5 Stars
Walking Newport
October 24, 2019
The town is so picturesque. Lots of interesting history. The guide was knowledgeable but went into too much information. The hour long tour lasted 1 1/2 hours.
Reviewer: Diane
3 Stars
A very interesting walk
October 23, 2018
This was the only walking tour we did but it will encourage me to do others in the future. The narrator was excellent, loads of knowledge and interesting tidbits. The pace was appropriate and we even stayed on longer with him to hear more than had been advertised. Highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Geramy Powell
5 Stars
Terrific History Lesson
October 23, 2018
The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the rich history of Newport. From the English invasion to the French chasing the English out of town (and then leaving themselves), the tour covered a wide breadth of history of this area. She was able to present all this in a way that it wasn't "dry," but interesting.
Reviewer: Lesley Carr
5 Stars
Great Insight
September 18, 2018
This was a wonderful insightful tour of Colonial Newport. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided great historical perspective.
Reviewer: Jennie Jordan
5 Stars