Tour Descriptions

Walking Tours

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The Colony House

Discover Colonial Newport: Hear stories of  entrepreneurship, African American heritage and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period.

Golden to Gilded: From Newport’s colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people.

Holiday Lantern Tour: Hear the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk. Learn how Newporters did, or didn’t, observe the holidays.

Road to Independence: Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution.

Rogues & Scoundrels: See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Island.”

Tour of the Month: Led by a guest guide on a specialty topic. Offered the third Saturday of the month at 11am, running April–November, by a guest guide. Click here to visit the Tour of the Month page for the complete schedule.


Great Friends Meeting House

Great Friends Meeting House

Site Tours

Colony House Site Tour: This historic site, built in 1739, was a center for RI’s colonial government. Explore its significant history, including the surrounding square, and view a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington.

Great Friends Meeting House Site Tour: Explore RI’s oldest house of worship, built for the Society of Friends in 1699.

Museum of Newport History: This award-winning museum, housed in the 1763 Brick Market, provides an engaging introduction to the city’s rich history and beautiful architecture.

The Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House

The Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House

Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House Site Tour: Tour Newport’s oldest house museum, built c.1697.