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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum: exhibits, holiday celebrations, tours

Blithewold is a 33-acre, historic summer estate nestled against Narragansett Bay. Considered one of the most developed, authentic examples of Country Place Era architecture in the U.S., the estate is an awe-inspiring attraction throughout the year. Tour the 45-room mansion accented by authentic family heirlooms, period artwork and original furnishings. Enjoy a springtime stroll through the estate's grounds to experience beautifully-landscaped gardens in full bloom. Every year, Blithewold in Bristol, RI also transforms into a dazzling display that celebrates the magic of Christmas.


Prices -

Adults: $14, Youth: $5, Families (two adults & two youth): $28

Hours -

 April - May: Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June - October: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • Spring Afternoon Tea
  • Christmas at Blithewold
  • Gateway to Spring


  • Guided Tours
  • Exhibits 
  • Gift Shop
  • Self-guided Tours
  • Gardens
  • Arboretum


  • Is there a gift shop at the museum?

    Yes! The Shop at Blithewold offers an array of luxury gifts and keepsakes for you to remember your visit. The boutique gift shop features a unique, elegant collection of handmade jewelry, home decor items, ladies' accessories, Blithewold-inspired keepsakes, and tabletop adornments. Many of the shop's items are produced by local artisans, small companies of Rhode Island, and Blithewold volunteers. 
  • What type of gardens can we see?

    The 33-acre estate comes to life in its mix of historic and contemporary gardens, plantings, lawns, pathways and stone structures, all mostly intact from their inception from the late 1800s. Explore the 10-acre Great Lawn, Enclosed Garden, Orchard, and Cutting and Vegetable Gardens, which were laid out in the late 1890s. You can also tour the beautiful Rose, Water, Rock, Vegateable and Idea gardens, as well as the Lord and Burnham Greenhouses.  The gardens incorporate formal and naturalistic landscape elements, from poetic to practical, reflecting the Van Wickle family's love of nature and horticulture.

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