Old Louisville Walking Tour as Recommended by The New York Times!

Tours daily March-November; select dates in the off-season!

See why the New York Times recommends us during your "36 Hours in Louisville!" Since 2004, we offer the ORIGINAL guided walk of "America's Most Exuberant Neighborhood," based on the writings of David Dominé, who often shows up to guide the tours himself.

A fascinating historic district, Old Louisville has gained renown because of its impressive Victorian mansions and quirky residents. The city's bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco lived here. Our 90-minute tours are comprehensive and include more than St. James Court. You see Ormsby Avenue, Park Avenue cottages, Floral Terrace, the Witches' Tree, and Millionaires Row. We cover 20 blocks; other neighborhood walking tours only see 10 blocks.

We depart from the transitional edge of the neighborhood. If you love old houses, this is the tour for you! If you do not like an up-and-coming neighborhood with a diverse racial make up, please stay home.

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  • What's included :
    • Certified Guide
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)
    • Entry/Admission - Bernheim Mansion Bed and Breakfast
    • Entry/Admission - The Filson Historical Society
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Old Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA

    With more than a thousand structures spread out over 40 square blocks, Old Louisville is one of the largest historic districts in the United States. This is a transitional neighborhood and you should expect to encounter things you would in any larger city. Panhandlers and homeless people, for example, are often found along Fourth Street at the north edge of the neighborhood. This is a walking tour and we do not enter any structures, as most of the houses in Old Louisville are private residences. We do stop in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, and you can arrange with them to tour the mansion for a fee.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: The Witches' Tree, Park Ave Corner S 6th St, Louisville, KY 40208

    A gnarled tree rose up on the spot where a tree cherished by local witches once stood. When the city chopped down the original tree, townsfolk incurred the wrath of the crones, who sent a tornado to destroy the city in revenge. Visitors often leave offerings on the twisted trunk to make amends.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), 1402 St James Ct, Louisville, KY 40208-2127

    This is a walking tour and we do not enter any structures, as most of the houses in Old Louisville are private residences. We do stop in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, and you can arrange with them to tour the mansion for a fee.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Bernheim Mansion Bed and Breakfast, 1416 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40208, USA

    At the heart of the old Millionaires Row, the Bernheim Mansion features green men arranged around a triple Roman-arched porch. This is just one of the features that sets this impressive Richardsonian Romanesque mansion apart.

    Duration: 2 minutes

    Stop At: The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40208-2306

    Built in 1905, the Ferguson Mansion once counted as the grandest home in the city. A splendid example of Beaux Arts architecture, it today is headquarters for the Filson Historical Society. Visits can be arranged separately.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Central Park, Fourth & Magnolia Avenues, Louisville, KY 40203

    Just like its famous cousin in New York City, Louisville's Central Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. With 14 acres of native tree species and shaded walkways, this four-square-block space counts as the green heart of the neighborhood. It's also where Shakespeare in the Park takes place each summer, since 1961, making it the nation's oldest free outdoor Shakespeare event.

    Duration: 5 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Louisville Historic Tours - Recommended by The New York Times!, Corner South 4th Street &, W Ormsby Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, USA
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • FYI The starting point is in a transitional area where you might encounter panhandlers, homeless people, and people who don't look like you.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not recommended for visitors with mobility issues
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • In keeping with local and CDC guidelines, we are keeping our groups small and encourage the use of masks. This tour is entirely out-of-doors and we maintain proper social distances at all times.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.



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Activity ID: V-246721P1

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