Group tours are offered at the discounted rate of $10 per person. A minimum of ten guests per group is required and the driver and escort(s) are complimentary. Make your group tour even more special by arranging a step-on bus tour of Bristol and/or lunch in our tented courtyard (offered seasonally). For any questions or to arrange a group tour, please contact the Linden Place office at 401-253-0390 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specialty and Group Tour Offerings
GUIDED TOUR OF MANSION
A visit to Linden Place is to experience two centuries of American history in one place. Long before it appeared in the movie The Great Gatsby, this exceptional example of Federal architecture was the dramatic stage
for one family's multi-generational journey from the dark days of the slave trade through the boom times of the Industrial Age. Since 1810, its owners faced reversals of fortune, praise and scandal, disgrace and redemption. Beyond being the seafarers responsible for Bristol's initial prosperity and later financial decline, they ended up capturing some of the country's most dynamic industries. Along the way, they hosted presidents married into a world-famous theatrical family and collected a wide array of treasures, which are on display. Though it's unfortunate Linden Place's walls can't talk, audio tours provide a good account of one of the country's most beautiful and fascinating house museums. Guided tours with one of Linden Place's experienced docents include the first and second floor and plenty of time for conversation and questions.
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Bus Tour of Bristol
A Linden Place tour guide will conduct an entertaining fact-filled, personalized bus tour through the fascinating and historic town of Bristol, Rhode Island. This one-hour tour includes the history of Bristol dating back to the settlement of Bristol in the mid-1600's, King Phillip's War, Bristol's growth as a major RI seaport and then into the industrial era and present day. Along the way, guests will view the town common, significant historic homes and buildings, the famous 4th of July Parade route, Bristol's historic harbor district, panoramic views of Narragansett Bay from beautiful Colt State Park and more, all from the comfort of their coach seats. A great way to see the entire town in a short, information-filled and fun way.
Duration: 1 hour
Where: Starts and ends at Linden Place
Cost: $75.00 flat fee
Notes: Must be done in conjunction with a Linden Place Mansion tour
Bristol and the Slave Trade talk and WaLking Tour
This walking tour of Linden Place and downtown Bristol is focused specifically on Bristol's DeWolf family and their involvement in the transatlantic Slave Trade. The DeWolf family, Bristol's notorious family in the 18th and early 19th centuries, was once one of the largest traders of slaves in New England. Learn how Bristol, New England and all of the United States were impacted by the slave trading DeWolfs at Linden Place from our museum educators. The tour begins at Linden Place Mansion, continues through the center of historic Bristol and down to the waterfront of Thames Street, pointing out significant sites tied to Bristol's lengthy and profitable involvement in the slave trade.
Duration: 2 hours
Where: starts at Linden Place Mansion and continues through downtown Bristol. Easy 1/2 mile walk.
This tour is offered on select Thursdays and Saturdays during the tour season and also by appointment. Please check our events page.
Linden Place Gardens and Grounds Tour
A special docent-led tour focused on the statuary on the Linden Place Mansion grounds. Explore the grounds while you uncover the history behind the statues and the man that brought them to Bristol, Samuel Pomeroy Colt. Hear the stories of Polymny, the woman who graces the front lawn as well as the “rampant colts” placed throughout the lawns. As you tour the grounds, you will have a chance to appreciate the 200-year-old mansion from a different view. Offered monthly May through September and by appointment.
Duration: 1 hour
This tour is offered on select Saturdays during the tour season and also by appointment. Please check our events page.
Gourmet Boxed Lunches
Linden Place is delighted to offer our group tours the option of enjoying lunch inside our historic ballroom or tented courtyard, upon request. The catered boxed lunch, offered by one of Linden Place's premier caterers, will be served at linen covered tables. Requests for lunch must be made, at least, 3 weeks in advance.