Newport Gilded Age Mansions Trolley Tour

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Why We Love This

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Excellent value for money

Newport Travel Trolley Tours

Admire the beauty of Newport on this approximately 3-hours trolley tour. With over 150 points of interest along Bellevue Avenue, Cliff Walk, Ocean Drive, and more, you will experience one of America's oldest cities and colonies in a unique and interesting way. In addition, make a stop at the Breakers Mansion and enjoy the greatest  Vanderbilt summer cottage ever built in Newport. Discover the picturesque town of Newport on this trolley tour!

What You'll Do

When booking, choose either the 10am, 11:30am, or 1pm departure time. Then meet your guide and the trolley at the Newport Visitors Center on America's Cup Avenue. Find a spot on the trolley, and head down the streets of Newport to begin your tour. 

Explore the colonial-era Newport Historic District first, and then go into the Bellevue Avenue Historic District, home to Newport's Gilded Age mansions. Your knowledgeable guide narrates the interesting history of Newport as you see famous mansions that sit along Bellevue Avenue.

Next, enjoy the sights of Cliff Walk. Discover Fort Adams and Ocean Drive, spotting some of America's oldest structures as you continue your tour. You will not only admire gorgeous colonial homes and ornate churches but also take in breathtaking views of the ocean, bay, and harbor. Your tour also includes a 1-hour visit to the Breakers mansion, one of the greatest 'summer cottages' ever built in Newport during the Gilded Age.

Be fascinated by this seaside town on a 3-hour trolley tour of Newport.

Cancellations & Refunds

Can be canceled up to 48hrs in advance


3 hours

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Time

Please check in 15 minutes prior to tour departure

Departure Point

Visitor Center of Newport

Departure Time Comments

Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Minimum age is 5 years

Departure Point: Visitor Center of Newport

"This tour was a great..."

December 29, 2017 - 

This tour was a great way to get a feel for the area. The director was informative and the trolley comfortable. There was enough time to tour the Breakers and take pictures of the area. We would highly recommend this tour as the beginning of a stay in Newport.

"The Newport Gilded Age tour..."

October 22, 2017 - 

The Newport Gilded Age tour was a nice tour which included a tour of the Breakers mansion. The tour gave a nice overview of the various mansions and about the JFK wedding. Breakers is a sign of the opulence of the that age. It was a bit gaudy for our liking but non the less beautiful and interesting. The audio tour provides a information and is insightful allowing you to tour at your own pace.

"We really enjoyed the tour...."

October 16, 2017 - 

We really enjoyed the tour. Our driver was very informative and had a great sense of humor. I would highly recommend the tour.

"Russ was extremely informative and..."

October 12, 2017 - 

Russ was extremely informative and entertaining. This tour was well organized and gave us ample time to visit Breakers.
Highly recommend this tour in Newport.
Great value!

"Excellent tour, very funny commentary..."

October 12, 2017 - 

Excellent tour, very funny commentary and informative.
Tour of breakers good too....
Personally I would have liked to have hopped on and off for photos etc, but that's not this if you want to do the same book a different one, the driver was very good though in stopping so we could take pics from the trolley

"Carlos was a wonderful guide...."

October 9, 2017 - 

Carlos was a wonderful guide. I enjoyed the history and the beautiful scenary we saw. I am a huge fan of the Kennedy family so seeing where JFK and Jackie O got married, had their wedding reception, played golf, etc was wonderful.

"Despite rain the time kspent..."

October 7, 2017 - 

Despite rain the time kspent in the Breakers mansion was wonderful!

"We really enjoyed our trolley..."

October 7, 2017 - 

We really enjoyed our trolley tour. Our tour guide was very informative and funny. The tour gave us a great overview of the Newport area so that we could go back on our own to explore points of interest. We highly recommend taking this trolley tour.

"This tour was enjoyable and..."

October 7, 2017 - 

This tour was enjoyable and covered a great deal or history about Newport and the mansions. It was quite interesting and showed the beauty of Newport- our guide was quite knowledgable. I would highly recommend!

"Excellent tour and tour guide...."

October 5, 2017 - 

Excellent tour and tour guide. A young man from Brazil whose knowledge of the local history was exemplary. He made it a fun and interesting tour. Loved going inside the Breakers, well worth a visit inside. It would be magnificent at Christmas time.

"enjoyed the tour guides commentaries..."

October 3, 2017 - 

enjoyed the tour guides commentaries

"Newport trolley tour was very..."

October 2, 2017 - 

Newport trolley tour was very interesting and the Breakers Cottage was exquisite! Time for the tour and the mansion was just right.

"This was a fabulous 3..."

October 1, 2017 - 

This was a fabulous 3 hr. tour riding around Newport on a comfortable trolley while taking in the beautiful and interesting sites. Our tour guide was exceptional, very funny and knowledgeable and he must have pointed out 20 spots where scenes from many movies were filmed. The hr. or so at the Breakers Mansion was just enough to enjoy this beautiful mansion. Linda

"Loved this tour and the..."

September 28, 2017 - 

Loved this tour and the tour of The Breakers. What a lovely spot! This was unbelievable! The trolley tour was also excellent.

"The trolley tour of the..."

September 27, 2017 - 

The trolley tour of the guilded mansions and The Breakers tour was well worth the money. Guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommend this tour.

"What a great day. A..."

September 27, 2017 - 

What a great day. A fantastic winding tour of Newport Old Town before heading onto the Ocean Drive loop road. Excellent commentary from our driver, fun facts about the rich and famous who built their mansions on Bellevue Avenue. The tour included entrance to Breakers, the Vanderbilt's opulent summer cottage. Thoroughly recommended.

"Unfortunately our Newport trolly had..."

September 23, 2017 - 

Unfortunately our Newport trolly had to be cancelled due to weather. I did get a call from them saying there would be a full refund. I was on a cruise ship with princess regal and unfortunately they also had to divert our trip because of weather. Therefore we were not in Newport on that particular day anyway. Thank you for all your hard work to put this trip together and I look forward to using bye to her again in the future.

"Knowledgeable tour guide. Gave great..."

September 5, 2017 - 

Knowledgeable tour guide. Gave great overview of Newport. Would have liked to have better view of mansions, but didn't have a lot of time to research before arriving. Good use of 3 hours and glad that we didn't drive.

"This tour was perfect. Our..."

September 4, 2017 - 

This tour was perfect. Our guide/driver was very knowledgeable about the area, the mansions and places to eat and stay...funny too! We had 1 1/2 hours at the Breakers. We really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it others!

"We took a tour in..."

September 2, 2017 - 

We took a tour in Newport called the Guilded Age Mansions. The most impressive thing I enjoyed was the amount of history the Tour Agent provided. He also pointed out the different options we had in restaurants, in shopping areas and information on other tours. When we return to Newport we will definitely look up the other tours offered by Viator.

"We took many tours on..."

September 1, 2017 - 

We took many tours on our vacation to the east coast but Carlos in Newport was a stand out! He did not sound scripted and had a passion for the area and the stories he shared with us. I would recommend Carlos and this tour without hesitation to anyone coming to the area to explore beautiful Newport!

"Great tour guide and highlights..."

August 31, 2017 - 

Great tour guide and highlights of the park. Especially good if you are traveling with senior citizen that can do some walking.

"A good tour, but the..."

August 27, 2017 - 

A good tour, but the advertised 3 hour tour lasted less than 2 1/2 hours with an hour and 20 minutes of the 2 1/2 hours being a self guided tour of The Breakers mansion.

"Excellent experience. Informative and certainly..."

August 24, 2017 - 

Excellent experience. Informative and certainly interesting. We wish we'd spent more time in Newport.

"It was fantastic! Our tour..."

August 23, 2017 - 

It was fantastic! Our tour guy Rus was soooooooo good!!!!

"Our tour guide, Russ, was..."

August 21, 2017 - 

Our tour guide, Russ, was fantastic! So many facts he talked about and made the trip so much fun. Would take the same tour again, we really enjoyed it!

"I think it was very..."

August 21, 2017 - 

I think it was very good for the price.

"Had a wonderful tour guide,..."

August 20, 2017 - 

Had a wonderful tour guide, Russ. Lots of backstory regarding Cliff Walk, Newport history, and some humorous anecdotes.

"A very nice tour. The..."

August 19, 2017 - 

A very nice tour. The driver was very knowledgeable about Newport's history, His narrative contained lots of interesting stories aboutthe characters and history of Newport.

"We only had one day..."

August 18, 2017 - 

We only had one day to see the best of Newport and the mansions, and this tour hit them both. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and a remarkable historian, providing all the facts about the mansions. As we drove through town, he gave excellent suggestions for reasonable and fantastic restaurants and unique shops. The next time we go to Newport, I would schedule this tour again, taking in more facts and beautiful scenery. Thank you Viator for providing this tour!

"Enjoyed the entire tour from..."

August 15, 2017 - 

Enjoyed the entire tour from start to finish. Our tour guide Carlos did an excellent job describing the mansions and providing historical information throughout Newport.

"We enjoyed our tour very..."

August 15, 2017 - 

We enjoyed our tour very much! Carlos is very knowledgeable with a sense of humor to match. We highly recommend this tour and would consider going again next time we are in Newport.

"A good overview of the..."

August 14, 2017 - 

A good overview of the town and its history. The commentator certainly knew a lot of information. Would have enjoyed the opportunity to walk a distance along the Cliff Walk and seeing another home as well as the Breakers Doris Duke's home was open that day. Didn't find a tour which would do all of the things I was interested in.

"the driver was terrific and..."

August 7, 2017 - 

the driver was terrific and very knowledgeable. He had a constant stream of useful information. The length of time allotted was just right. I wold be happy to use the company again.

"Our guide - his name..."

August 3, 2017 - 

Our guide - his name escapes me! - was AWESOME! He had answers to every questions, interesting trivia and all the names and dates you could handle. Would definitely recommend this tour and company.

"Unfortunately we encountered torrential rains..."

July 26, 2017 - 

Unfortunately we encountered torrential rains on the day we were to take our tour. Carlos was so concerned as he has an open air trolley. He called us the night before and offered to book us on an enclosed trolley tour. He met us the next morning at the visitor center with new tickets for the other tour. We were grateful as the rains for horrible that day. Anyone who is that concerned about his customers deserves a try. If we get back to Newport we will definitely be hooking up with Carlos.

"This tour is a great..."

July 25, 2017 - 

This tour is a great way to see Newport and get an idea of the areas you'd like to see. The guide really made the trip exciting and fun and I'd rate him a 10! The only thing I'd like to change are the seats and lack of air conditioning!

"This was a great tour!..."

July 24, 2017 - 

This was a great tour! Carlos was very pleasant and was really informative and entertaining. I highly recommend this tour if you want to learn a lot about the history of Newport and the mansions. My kids 9 and 12 years old also enjoyed it. We also toured the Breakers and we loved it.

"The area was beautiful! Our..."

July 22, 2017 - 

The area was beautiful! Our trolley driver/tour guide did a wonderful job!! Very interesting and we'll worth it!

"Our tour guide trolley guide..."

July 22, 2017 - 

Our tour guide trolley guide was delightful. He was knowledgeable and engaging. The trolley was open air. Even on one of the hottest days of the summer we had a beautiful breeze and felt like we were part of the town. The Breakers self-guided audio tour was quite informative and easy to use.

"Carlos, our tour guide was..."

July 14, 2017 - 

Carlos, our tour guide was very informative and cordial. Gave us lots of information about Newport and the mansions. Well worth the cost.

"This narrated tour was excellent...."

July 8, 2017 - 

This narrated tour was excellent. Our tour guide knew an amazing amount of information about the people and places of Newport. He delivered his narration in a fun and interesting way. Our tour was combined with a tour of The Breakers which was fabulous. I would highly recommend this experience to a visitor to Newport.

"I would recommend this tour..."

July 6, 2017 - 

I would recommend this tour to everyone, our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining, there were 6 of us and everyone only had positive things to say after the tour.

"Our Gilded Age Tour was..."

July 5, 2017 - 

Our Gilded Age Tour was extra special. We booked a 10 am tour and it seemed not that many folks want to get going that early, so our trolley was not crowded at all. We felt like our guide was sent especially for us! We saw all we wanted to see and learned a great deal. Thanks for making us feel like our money was well spent.

"Tour guide was superb, very..."

June 22, 2017 - 

Tour guide was superb, very knowledgeable. Unfortunately we couldn and #39;t see a lot of mansions because of the foggy weather. The Vanderbilt Mansion was beautiful to tour

"We had the tour on..."

June 2, 2017 - 

We had the tour on our second day of a twelve day cruise and it remains one of the high points of the entire trip! Carlos was amazing! He is knowledgeable and entertaining and makes the entire tour worth every penny and more! The Breakwaters mansion was more than we ever expected and loved going through it! All in all, this is a tour not to be missed when you are in Newport!

"Had a great time on..."

June 1, 2017 - 

Had a great time on this tour with our guide Russ, despite the pouring rain at times. Very informative and Russ was also entertaining and fun. Got a great history of many Newport locations and, of course, the mansions and the elite families that owned them. We were dropped off for the Breakers tour and picked back up right on time by Russ, who then finished the rest of his tour. He even took us to a few bonus sites since traffic was running smoothly and he had extra time. Highly recommend this reasonably priced and interesting tour and kudos to Russ for making it so fun!!

"Very informative and a good..."

May 28, 2017 - 

Very informative and a good introduction to Newport! Driver was fun and knowledgeable

"Trolley tours are a great..."

May 16, 2017 - 

Trolley tours are a great way to see the area you are visiting with a knowledgeable guide. Our driver was great. He had a mix of history and humor to share with us. We also spent more than an hour on a self-guided tour of The Breakers mansion. On a drizzly rainy day the bus tour is the only way to go.

"Great overview tour of Newport..."

May 15, 2017 - 

Great overview tour of Newport including a tour of The Breakers. We had approx 3-4 hours for a tour and this fit nicely with our schedule. Trolley driver was entertaining and knowledagble of Newport. Enjoyed this very much and recommend it

"Unbelievable tour... The entire guided..."

April 18, 2017 - 

Unbelievable tour... The entire guided tour was fantastic !!!
Our tour guide was very informative and funny...The Breakers Mansion was huge !!!

"Great guide, interesting facts!..."

December 8, 2016 - 

Great guide, interesting facts!

"We had a group of..."

December 2, 2016 - 

We had a group of 7 Thanksgiving week, and it ended up being a private tour with Carlos, who was fabulous. He added lots of local color to the tour with stories and rumors about people, places and events, and really helped us gain an appreciation of the history and significance of Newport. The Vanderbilt tour was jaw dropping, and the audio was excellent!

"Great way to spend 3..."

November 21, 2016 - 

Great way to spend 3 hours in Newport. Beautiful sights and mansions with lots of history thrown in by the tour guide.

"Carlos was an outstanding tour..."

November 6, 2016 - 

Carlos was an outstanding tour guide - great job.

"Russ, OuR tour guide was..."

October 31, 2016 - 

Russ, OuR tour guide was very informative.

"Great way to get oriented...."

October 28, 2016 - 

Great way to get oriented. Carlos was the greatest tour bus guide/driver--very informative and charming, witty personality.

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"Tour was very helpful and..."

October 26, 2016 - 

Tour was very helpful and the driver was great!

"Gus, our driver and tour..."

October 25, 2016 - 

Gus, our driver and tour guide, was very entertaining and knowledgeable! We enjoyed hearing about the history of all the mansions and touring the Breakers.

"This tour was amazing!..."

October 20, 2016 - 

This tour was amazing!

"Nice tour and the visit..."

October 11, 2016 - 

Nice tour and the visit to the Breakers mansion. Tour guide was very knowledgable and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

"Great overview of the history..."

October 10, 2016 - 

Great overview of the history of Newport, the many masnions to see as well as the cliff drive. Worth the money!

"Guide was very knowledgable and..."

October 9, 2016 - 

Guide was very knowledgable and informative.

"Despite torrential rain we had..."

September 21, 2016 - 

Despite torrential rain we had an excellent tour. The guide was knowledgeable and Breakers Mansion was splendid. the only problem - in pouring rain - was finding the trolley at the beginning. No- one seemed to know where it would be parked.

"The tour left on time...."

September 19, 2016 - 

The tour left on time. We got to see a lot and the guide knew his stuff. He was a little nonchalant at times,but all and all good. Tour of the mansion went well and the guide was there to pick us up just as he said he would. Would recommend this tour.

"Excellent tour. Our tour guide..."

September 3, 2016 - 

Excellent tour. Our tour guide was fun, knowledgeable , and very informative. I highly recommend this tour.

"It was a great tour..."

August 30, 2016 - 

It was a great tour and the guide Russ really did a great job. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

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