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Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour

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Discover the colonial history of Newport through stories of revolution, struggles for religious liberty and entrepreneurship among Newport's diverse people on a guided walk through Newport's Old Quarter.

Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour

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.

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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $31.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Tour Duration
1.25 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 10 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes.
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