"Enter a world of seafaring captains and historic grace as you walk through the doors of the Admiral Fitzroy Inn."
about the inn
The Admiral Fitzroy Inn is where guests enjoy the privacy of our comfortable guestrooms and convenience of walking to all that Newport’s harbor front district has to offer. Centrally located on Thames Street, our friendly bed & breakfast is just a few quick steps from the best restaurants, shopping, and popular attractions in Rhode Island’s city by the sea, making your overnight excursion, romantic anniversary celebration, or an extended stay away from home, easy, comfortable, and carefree.
Established Through History
Built in 1854 to designs by renowned architect Dudley Newton, the historic property is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn had its first home two blocks away on Spring Street where it served as the convent for the sisters of St. Mary’s Church. After local entrepreneur Don Glassie bought the building in 1986, it was dismantled and moved to its current location on lower Thames Street then rebuilt to its original size and style standing tall and proud in Newport’s waterfront district.
The Inn is named for a famous English Admiral and meteorologist who commanded the H.M.S. Beagle on Charles Darwin's expedition that inspired the Origin of the Species.
About the Admiral
Admiral Fitzroy was one of the first to attempt a scientific weather forecast. Returning from his famous journey with Darwin, he took up the newly created post of Head of Meteorology at the Board of Trade in London and began collecting the information necessary to predict the weather. Working on this knowledge, Fitzroy created the first easy-to-use barometer, leading to the first daily weather forecasts published in The London Times in 1860.
The Admiral Fitzroy Inn is pleased to announce that it has recently acquired an antique Admiral Fitzroy Barometer which is proudly being displayed in the lobby.