Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114), Bristol, RI, 02809
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Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Located at 101 Ferry Road, Rte. 114 in Bristol, RI. Originally the summer home of Pennsylvania coal baron, Augustus Van Wickle, the property includes a 45-room mansion and 33 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens overlook Narragansett Bay and historic Bristol harbor. One of the first and most innovative arboretums in America, it features 50,000 flowering spring bulbs, a Japanese water garden, exotic bamboo stand, and the largest giant redwood East of the Rockies among hundreds of unusual plantings. The mansion interior, gardens and arboretum represent painstaking recreations based on original family documents.

There are over 300 different kinds of trees and shrubs growing in Blithewold's collection. The 17th century English manor style mansion contains most of the original furnishings. Blithewold is on the National Register of Historic Places and New England's finest garden estate open to the public.

  • The grounds are open daily year-round from 10am to 5pm with admission
  • The mansion and gardens are open mid-April thru mid-October, Wed. thru Sun. from 10am to 4pm.
  • The mansion is open in December for "Christmas at Blithewold"
  • The Gift Shop is open on the same schedule as the mansion

Admission for the mansion and gardens:

  • Members: Free
  • Adults: USD 10.00
  • Seniors/Full-time Students: USD 8.00
  • Children aged 16 and under: Free