Portland Highlights & Victorian Mansion

2 hours | Portland | P W M - 1 1 0
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Points of Interest

  • Old Port
  • Eastern Promenade Pathway
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House
  • Victoria Mansion
Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Your tour begins with a scenic drive through the quaint streets of historic Old Port along Port Harbor for spectacular views of Casco Bay and the Calendar Islands. Once home to warehouses and manufacturing businesses, Portland's boom and bust of the maritime trade saw the area fall into disrepair. Today it's a thriving community filled with unique boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries.

Then you'll drive up Munjoy Hill, historically known as the home to Portland's Irish community who arrived during the mid-19th century to work on the docks. At the top of Munjoy Hill sits the Portland Observatory. Built in 1807, it features the last maritime signal tower in the United States. Other city sights you'll see are Portland's 100-year-old City Hall and the stunning Victorian homes that line Eastern Promenade.

Next you'll visit Victoria Mansion for a guided tour. Completed in 1860 of brick and brownstone at a cost of $400,000, it's considered the finest surviving Italian villa style house in America. A Portland landmark, Victoria Mansion survives as an example of the princely palaces created for America's wealth prior to the Civil War. Outside, the soaring four story tower looms over the ornately carved windows, grand front staircase, overhanging eaves, and verandas. Inside, the richly decorated features include elaborately carved woodwork, a Moorish-style smoking room, and a magnificent flying staircase. 90% of the paintings, carpets, gas lighting fixtures, stained glass, porcelain, silver and glassware are intact and were among the most lavish and sophisticated in their day. After a brief visit to the Victoria Mansion gift shop, you'll return to your transportation for a scenic ride back to the pier.

Special Notes:

Participants must be able to walk approximately 100 yards over various surfaces with 12 steps at the entrance of Victoria Mansion and one flight of stairs once inside the museum. Tour may operate in reverse order.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart pier for a scenic drive to the Victoria Mansion

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
46
Travel time:
01:00
Time at site:
00:55
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
200
Steps:
15
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Depart the Victoria Mansion for the pier

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
46
Travel time:
00:05