Victoria Mansion, Portland

Victoria Mansion, Portland: Our most recommended tours and activities

Portland: Trolley City Tour with Portland Head Light Stop

1. Portland: Trolley City Tour with Portland Head Light Stop

Enjoy a fully-narrated trolley tour of scenic and historic Portland and visit Maine’s oldest lighthouse, Portland Head Light, during a 30-minute stop in Cape Elizabeth. Hop onboard a trolley and journey from city streets to the rocky coast. Cruise past landmarks such as the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Victoria Mansion, the Arts District, and the bustling Old Port. With forward-facing seats and big windows, you won't miss a thing. See as your guide points out the famous sites and hidden gems of Portland and shares interesting stories behind them. Upon arrival at Cape Elizabeth, along the spectacular shores of Fort Williams Park, disembark for a 30-minute stop to explore the Portland Head Light on your own. Choose to walk around Maine's oldest lighthouse or visit the maritime museum inside.

Portland, Maine: Sightseeing Trolley Tour with a Guide

2. Portland, Maine: Sightseeing Trolley Tour with a Guide

Hop on this classic 1-hour trolley tour and explore the rich history and beautiful sights of Portland! On this fully narrated tour, you’ll learn about hundreds of years of history and pass some of Portland's most iconic landmarks. Weaving between Old Port, East Bayside, Downtown, and the Arts District, you’ll learn about places like The Portland Observatory, The Longfellow House, and Victoria Mansion. Once the tour is complete, you'll have a wealth of knowledge and recommendations for the city of Portland. Please arrive to the tour meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.

Portland: Self-Guided Sightseeing Driving Audio Tour

3. Portland: Self-Guided Sightseeing Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 10+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Portland in 1-2 hours. Travel through the neighborhoods of Portland on a self-guided driving tour. Learn about the city’s history and culture from an audio-guided app on your smartphone and get panoramic views from the Eastern Promenade.  Drive down Commercial Street and hear about the industrial beginnings of the city. Along the way, you’ll see the wonderfully preserved Victoria Mansion, dating back to 1858. That’s followed by the even older Danforth Inn, which goes all the way back to 1823. As you drive up the Western Promenade, you’ll hear about some famous folks who were laid to rest in Portland, including the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (a statue of whom you’ll see next, in Longfellow Square). Go to the Art District (perfect for picking up a souvenir), followed by a church that was once destroyed by the British.  Continue toward the shore, passing the site of an observatory that once guided ships into Portland’s occasionally treacherous harbor. Spot a couple of picturesque lighthouses perfect for any photo collection. Explore the Eastern Promenade, a 68-acre seaside park sporting plenty of unforgettable ocean views. You’ll see the strange and controversial “baked beans” building, before passing through Old Port again for a second chance to stop at one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants and boutiques. Pass by a statue of Portland’s own John Ford. Cross the Casco Bay Bridge into South Portland, home to a quieter community than its buzzing northern neighbor. Finally, you’ll arrive at Fort Williams Park, full of beauty and history. The tour concludes here.

Portland, Maine: Walking Tour Audio Guide

4. Portland, Maine: Walking Tour Audio Guide

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Note: This 3+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Portland in 1-2 hours. Once downloaded, your tour begins outside the Visit Portland Center. Here, you'll get your first introduction to Portland's intriguing history, from its dual founding to its reconstruction following the Great Fire. Walking down the city streets, you'll learn about the Burning of Portland, the landmark United States Custom House, and the only newspaper published at sea! You'll delve into the fascinating tales of the Portland Rum Riot and the city's history of conflagration, then journey back to the times of the Underground Railroad and the life of Daniel Colesworthy, a key abolitionist voice in Portland. Stepping into the world of the Wabanaki people, you'll also gain insight into Portland's original inhabitants. The next stop is the beautifully preserved Victoria Mansion, a symbol of the city's architectural wealth. After that is the equally grand Cathedral Church of St. Luke. Stroll by the Augusta Hunt House, take a moment to admire the statue at One Longfellow Square, and learn about the struggle for Women's Suffrage in Maine. Then, pick up some trendy souvenirs in the vibrant Art District! At the Maine Historical Society, explore the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, a reminder of the city's literary heritage. After that, lounge in the beautiful Lincoln Park as you hear the thrilling tale of the Battle of Portland Harbor. Finally, you’ll pass by the University of Maine School of Law, a striking building with a lot of history. Your tour concludes here, back in Old Port where you began.

Portland Exploration: Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tour

5. Portland Exploration: Self-Guided Driving & Walking Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 13+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Portland in 3-4 hours. Once downloaded, both tours begin outside the Visit Portland Center in downtown Portland. Your driving tour takes you first to the West End, packed with historical landmarks like the Danforth Inn and the Western Promenade. Then, you’ll swing through Downtown toward the city’s East End, where you’ll find an observatory, East End Beach, and much more. After that, cruise down into South Portland, home to the famous Portland Head Light, probably Maine’s most iconic lighthouse! Your walking tour offers a deeper dive into Old Port and Downtown Portland. Learn about everything from the Rum Riot to the Great Fire as you walk down cobblestone streets and admire stunning architecture like the old Custom House and the Victoria Mansion. Explore Portland’s Art District, visit Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s former home, and hear about the fight for Women’s Suffrage in Portland! This comprehensive bundle offers an in-depth look at this beautiful coastal city… and, of course, plenty of photo ops to boot!

Downtown Portland In-App Audio Tour (ENG)

6. Downtown Portland In-App Audio Tour (ENG)

Welcome to Portland, Maine, a vibrant coastal city renowned for its architecture, maritime industry, artistic scene, and lively atmosphere. Embark on this in-app audio tour, allowing you to discover the captivating sights of Portland at your own leisurely pace. Commencing at City Hall, delve into the rich history that Portland holds. Stroll along Congress Street, the city's main thoroughfare, and encounter iconic landmarks like Monument Square, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, and the Museum of Art. Next, venture to the architectural gem of the city, Victoria Mansion, boasting an elegant Italianate design. Continue your journey to the Old Port, a bustling waterfront district characterized by its storied past and enchanting ambiance. Explore countless antique boutiques, art galleries, cozy buildings, and indulge in the finest seafood at the country's renowned dining establishments. Returning to Congress Street, be captivated by the magnificent Gothic architecture of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Take the opportunity to ascend the Portland Observatory, offering a panoramic 360-degree view of the surroundings. Concluding at the Eastern Promenade, marvel at the breathtaking ocean vistas and discover more historical sites, enriching your collection of cherished memories from Portland. HOW IS THE TOUR GOING — Stay flexible: [join the tour whenever you want and] explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

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Gary was a very informative and entertaining guide. We saw a lot of cool stuff in Portland and heard some great stories.

Brilliant way to discover more about your holiday destination. Would recommend to everyone as a "must do".

1 day in the city on cruise day. Excellent tour that showed the city off very well.

Bill was very informative and knows a lot about the Portland area.

The guide was knowledgeable with a hint of humor. Loved this tour!