Whether you’re coming to the NWC campus to participate in an evening lecture or you are interested in visiting the Navy’s “Home of Thought,” we look forward to having you aboard. We want your visit to go smoothly but please remember the campus is part of a secure Naval facility. Only students, staff, faculty and other approved visitors are permitted to enter the base and then drive onto campus.


Directions to the NWC
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From the North via Interstate 95:

I-95 to Rt4 south to Rt 138 east to Jamestown Bridge.
After Newport Bridge (toll), remain on 138.
Take right at end of ramp (Newport Grand Slots directly in front of you).
Go halfway around rotary, exit, continue straight through light to Gate 1 Naval Station Newport.

From the South via Interstate 95:

I-95 to Rt 138 east to Jamestown Bridge.
After Newport Bridge (toll), remain on 138.
Take right at end of ramp (Newport Grand Slots directly in front of you).
Go halfway around rotary, exit, continue straight through light to Gate 1 Naval Station Newport.

From Boston/Rt. 24:

Continue Rt. 114 south, 6 miles to stop light for Coddington Hwy. Turn right onto Coddington Hwy. Pass Gate 4. Go ¼ way around rotary then exit. Continue straight (west) to stop light. Proceed to Gate 1 Naval Station Newport.

From Gate One:

Pass through Gate One. Turn left at stop sign and proceed up the hill passing the NWC Museum on the right. After stopping at security check point, continue right. The main entrance to the College is on the left with the gold NWC lettering above the entrance.

Naval Station Newport Pass and ID Office

The Pass and ID Office is located on Cloyne Court off Training Station Road just before the bridge outside of Gate 1, Naval Station Newport. Most visitors will need to go to the Pass and ID Office prior to driving to Gate 1. Please have vehicle registration, insurance card and driver’s license. The visitor’s sponsor will need to submit a Gate Access Request to NWC Security by 2:30 p.m. on the day prior to the visit. 

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and holidays

If you are visiting outside of normal working hours, proceed to Gate 1.

Once you have entered the NWC campus, there are limited open visitor parking spaces across from Conolly Hall (main NWC building), where the main entrance, called the Quarterdeck, is located. Additional parking is located at the Officers’ Club parking lot adjacent to the marina.

Visitor with sponsor

Most visitors to NWC are sponsored by a member of the faculty or staff and resident students. The sponsor needs to fill out a Gate Access Request from the NWC Intranet to allow visitor base access. This will place the visitor on the base access list and NWC Security will have a visitor badge for each visitor ready at the quarterdeck in Conolly Hall. The sponsor will need to sign in the visitor at the quarterdeck. If a reserved parking spot is required, the sponsor needs to include that in the Gate Access Request.

Visitor interested in a specific NWC department

If you have no current affiliation with the NWC, but wish to establish contact with a NWC department of interest for professional and academic purposes, please take a look throughout the site for your area of interest. Once you have contacted a department and determined a mutually agreeable relationship, that specific department will sponsor individual/group.

VIP visitors

On-base visiting flag quarters arrangements may be made through Protocol and Events Department at or (401) 841-7566.

Conference attendees

Your NWC Conference sponsor will complete a Gate Access Request for attendees and provide information on lodging options.

Naval War College Foundation events

For invited guests attending NWC Foundation-sponsored events, please enter the Naval Station through Gate 1. The guard at the gate will have an access list for the event. All occupants of your vehicle should be prepared to display a picture ID for comparison with the list. Once you have been cleared, please turn left at the intersection and proceed up the hill, veering slightly right. A second sentry will then direct you to parking further up the hill on the right. Handicapped parking is limited.


The college occasionally provides tours for groups that have an academic tie or professional connection with the college. Submit requests through Provide group name, number, who is in your group, and specific interests. The Public Affairs Office will review tour requests on a case-by-case basis to determine whether the request can be accommodated. If you are interested in other commands on base or the broader Navy presence in Newport, please contact the Naval Station Newport Public Affairs Office at 401-841-3538.

Naval War College Museum

The Museum is open to the public 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Mondays through Friday throughout the year, and 12 noon-4:30 P.M. on Saturdays during June through September. It is closed on holidays. Public access to the Museum with personal vehicle is through Gate 1 of U.S. Naval Station, Newport. Tours and school buses enter through Gate 17 (located off West Main Road/Rt. 114 in Middletown, down Access, near piers). For reservations please call (401) 841-4052 at least seven working day in advance. Reservations and photo identification are necessary for entry onto the Naval Station. Visitors must stop at the Base Pass and ID Office before proceeding to Gate 1.

Guest lodging

Base lodging options may be available to eligible personnel. Military visitors may contact the Navy Gateway Inn for overnight accomodations. Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Local community

Naval Station Newport has an excellent Newcomer’s Guide and Telephone Directory online that provides additional information about the base and local area.

GoNewport is a website provided by a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting of the City of Newport and the eight surrounding townships in Newport & Bristol County Rhode Island (Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren)  -

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