Touro Synagogue National Historic Site


The Touro Synagogue was dedicated in 1762, and serves an active congregation today. The congregation was founded in 1658 by Sephardim who fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal and were searching for a haven from religious persecution in the Caribbean. Today, the synagogue celebrates not only their story, but serves to honor all who came to this shore seeking to worship freely.



Seasonality / Weather

New England weather is subject to rapid change. Temperature during the summer is in the 70s to 90s, and during spring and fall in the 50s to 70s.



Touro Synagogue is located in downtown Newport, close to the intersection of Spring and Touro Streets, and Washington Square. The Synagogue encourages visitors to park at the Newport Gateway Center. From the Gateway Center Touro Synagogue is a pleasant 10 minute walk through the colonial town center. Visitors can also take advantage of the Newport Trolley which provides (for a modest fee) transportation throughout Newport. The City of Newport also has several public pay lots.

Public Transport: 

Touro Synagogue is a five minute walk from Newport's Gateway Center, a visitor information center, which is also a bus station.