Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Bristol, RI
Scenic view, Water feature, Woodland/shade garden, Meadow, Alpine/rock garden, Garden structure/sculpture, Fruit/vegetables, Historic garden, Rare plants/plant collection

Blithewold is a 33-acre summer estate in Bristol, RI, with grand views of Narragansett Bay. It is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place Era. Admission includes access to the 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms, and is framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical.

An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh, and inspiring—and unique to Blithewold. Blithewold’s mission is to preserve New England’s finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and, by example, to teach and inspire others.   

Open Days 2021: Saturday, June 19
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members $5 per person; General admission $10. Children 12 and under free. Admission includes entrance to the garden and a self-guided mansion tour.  


Wheelchair access is partial, with gravel pathway around the mansion only.

Digging Deeper program, Saturday, June 19, 2021, 1 to 3 p.m.  SOLD OUT
Landscape in Translation: Arts & Crafts Ideals in the 21st Century with John Tschirch, Fred Perry, and Gail Read, at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol, RI 

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Nature friendly f372a65207813459a0d18d2caa5c1eece145dbb205535bacd45d09e443889605Nature-friendly

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