About Blithewold

Blithewold, named in Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New England is located on Narragansett Bay, 25 minutes east of Providence and 60 minutes south of Boston.

Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms 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. Come…and be inspired.

Our Mission: To preserve New England’s finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others.


The Mansion is open: The first week of April through mid-October (2015 Season: March 31st - October 12th), Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, Sundays, 10 am to 3 pm and most Monday holidays, closed on July 4th). The mansion will occasionally close early for Special Events.

The Gardens & Grounds: Year-round Monday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sundays 10am to 3pm. The grounds & gardens occasionally close early for Special Events.

Christmas at Blithewold 2015 - "A Garden for all Seasons" will open Friday November 27th through January 3rd (closed Dec 24 & 25). Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm, Thursdays and Fridays 11am - 8pm Christmas Sparkle (outdoor event) Friday evenings


Members: Free

Family (2 adults, 2 youths): $26
Adults: $12.00
Seniors: $11.00
Military/Students: $10.00
National Public Radio/Television Member Adult: $10:00
Youth age 6 to 17: $4.00
Children 5 and under: Free

Purchase Tickets Online

Gift Shop Hours: Same as Mansion (see above)

 The Gift Shop at Blithewold, conveniently located in the Visitors Center, carries a variety of garden items and garden inspired items, including:

  • Books on gardening and on places of interest in the area;
  • A unique selection of gifts including jewelry, candles, children’s items, hats, gourmet food items and garden inspired home accessories;
  • Garden ornaments, tools and gardening gloves;
  • Blithewold signature shirts, trivets, scarves, magnets.


Click here for a map


    From Our Blog

  • Blithewold Birds: The Familiar Faces of Year-round Residents (Nov 06, '15)
    Blithewold’s grounds are known for its spectacular plant specimens of many different shapes, colors, and varieties. Predictably, as flora and fauna often come hand and hand, Blithewold is home to hundreds of birds during all seasons in the East Bay. The days have begun to shorten and the temperatures are dipping. By now, Blithewold has […]
  • The Pardees (Oct 27, '15)
    The name Pardee is derived from the French oath par Dieu which was Anglicised to Parde, Pardy, Pardie, and ultimately to Pardieu and Pardee. Around 1530 these families were living in the Normandy region of France. Religious persecution drove the families across the Channel to the south of England, and in the 1580s John Pardee […]
  • Cranborne Manor, Dorset, England (Sep 30, '15)
    Blithewold Mansion was built in 1907 on the site of an earlier house which burned in the summer of 1906.  The new house was designed in an English Country Manor style. It has often been said that the west façade of Blithewold is a copy of an English Country Manor in Dorset, England, and there […]
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