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Old Louisville Walking Tour Recommended by The New York Times! @ 4th and Ormsby
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Old Louisville Walking Tour Recommended by The New York Times! @ 4th and Ormsby

By Louisville Historic Tours
Recommended by 98% of travelers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
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Ages 1-99, max of 20 per group
Duration:1h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
English


  • Certified Guide
What's not included
  • Entry/Admission - Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)
  • Entry/Admission - Louisville
  • Entry/Admission - The Filson Historical Society


Departure details
  • Louisville Historic Tours - Recommended by The New York Times!, Corner South 4th Street &, W Ormsby Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, USA Daytime tours NO LONGER start at Adrienne & Co. donut shop near the corner of Fourth and Oak. Unfortunately, this business has permanently closed its doors due to the current COVID situation. Meet your guide at the brown "Welcome to Old Louisville" sign on the corner. "1300 S. 4th. St." for GPS.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 246721P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • Not recommended for visitors with mobility issues
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • MUST BE ABLE TO WALK 90 MINUTES WITHOUT A BATHROOM BREAK!
  • 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

  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

A note from Old Louisville Walking Tour Recommended by The New York Times! @ 4th and Ormsby
  • 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.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Old Louisville Walking Tour Recommended by The New York Times! @ 4th and Ormsby cancellation policy: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Discover and book Old Louisville Walking Tour Recommended by The New York Times! @ 4th and Ormsby on Tripadvisor
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Old Louisville Walking Tour Recommended by The New York Times! @ 4th and Ormsby is hosted by Louisville Historic Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Louisville Historic Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Old Louisville Walking Tour Recommended by The New York Times! @ 4th and Ormsby on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 246721P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Louisville Historic Tours - Recommended by The New York Times!
    Corner South 4th Street &, W Ormsby Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, USA
    Daytime tours NO LONGER start at Adrienne & Co. donut shop near the corner of Fourth and Oak. Unfortunately, this business has permanently closed its doors due to the current COVID situation. Meet your guide at the brown "Welcome to Old Louisville" sign on the corner. "1300 S. 4th. St." for GPS.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Old Louisville
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    The Witches' Tree
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle)
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 4
    Bernheim Mansion Bed and Breakfast
    Stop: 2 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 5
    The Filson Historical Society
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 6
    Central Park
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

edwarda214
edwarda214
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BEST part of our summer tours
Great history lesson and storytelling. You'll see the beautiful neighborhoods and architecture while being thorough
Windi G
Windi G
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More Louisville history than ghost tour
My husband and friends recently traveled to Louisville for a long weekend and thought this ghost tour would be fun.
Charlie S
Charlie S
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Fun and educational!
Would highly recommend going on this tour! Old Louisville has an amazingly spooky history. Our tour guide was so kn
Daniel V
Daniel V
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The haunting of Louisville and a great history
Fun, exiting and had a great way of telling the past. Great experience if you are traveling and want to know about
Sandy A
Sandy A
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Disappointing
Neighborhood was historic and beautiful, but the story telling was not interesting or engaging. So unlike our ghost
964michealw
964michealw
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Ghost Tour
David our Tour guide did an amazing job detailing and explaining each Mansion we stopped at and it's significance
laurenmhunt2018
laurenmhunt2018
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Must do!
This was so fun. Unfortunately, it poured on us the whole 2 hours of the tour, but regardless , it was awesome!! Da
Softballat123
Softballat123
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Highly Recommend
This was a fantastic tour with some really interesting stories. Our guide was nice, she was very knowledgeable and
lindafrank123
lindafrank123
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Just do this!
David was an amazing tour guide! So much history and spooky tales—-and some modern stories! :-o the tour was v capt
Jcwillia1
Jcwillia1
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Houses are mostly in bad shape
Entertaining stories told by very well educated tour guide. The homes themselves are not much to look at as decad
248hillaryd
248hillaryd
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Just the right mix of spooky and history
We really enjoyed this walking tour! Jamie was our guide and she was extremely detailed, entertaining and full of h
emmabA8443UB
emmabA8443UB
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A local labor of love
I learned so much about Old Louisville’s spooky past. A perfect Halloween lead-up outing! And shoutout to our guide
tylerJB419
tylerJB419
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Enjoyable and Educational.
The tour was great and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. If you're not from the area and are staying in downt
jonrC1912HE
jonrC1912HE
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Great Time
Tons of cool information, the tour guide lives within the neighborhood, which is a cool twist. Lovely time although
Meander261355
Meander261355
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Amazing experience in a wonderful neighborhood
Fantastic tour through a stunning neighborhood. Great houses and ghost/murder stories. It was a pleasure having Dav
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Gregor614
Canal Winchester, OH3 contributions
The historical walk around old Louisville was amazing! Our knowledgeable guide was so passionate about the history, and she is also an actress that plays characters from Louisville’s past. The tour was over 2 hours long and included a surprise visit inside one of the historic homes that was restored by the owners and was impeccably decorated. (This won’t be part of most walks, but we got lucky). I would highly recommend this tour!
Written October 17, 2022
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David D
Thanks for joining us in Old Louisville! Yes, usually we don't get to go inside any residences and normally the tour is that long, but friendly neighbors do invite us in on occasion. Glad you got lucky!
Written October 17, 2022
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Might
Indianapolis, IN3 contributions
Definitely the best time to come I have found is during the winter. These houses are just lit up beyond belief. Angelique really took her time to answer any questions but also Made sure to keep the group moving along to keep us warm on the chilly night. Ghost or no ghost this is the tour to go on -it's not spooky at all- until she whips out photos and stories of documented and personal accounts of these haunted mansions These buildings are phenomenal and have so much history behind them. Everything from prohibition, worlds fair, women's suffrage, murders, storms, fires, affairs of the heart and current events as well has made this fishbowl of Old Louisville surely how soap operas got started. Great job folks. I bought Davids book on the area and it's a an easy read as well. Cannot wait to read them all and come back for the architectural day tour when I can walk better. Speaking of which There is some walking but there's also places you can kind of sit down for a little bit. Make sure you go to
the restroom before or it'll be a long wait. Also trip advisor might say it's full when it's not so try to call the number on their site if you can't get in. And make sure it's the one that is recommended by the New York Times.
Written November 28, 2021
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David D
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed your evening haunted history walk with Angelique!
Written November 29, 2021
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Nomads1984
New York City42 contributions
Nov 2020
The tour led by David Domine was a perfect complement to our trip to Louisville. David led us through areas of the city that included not only beautiful homes but also significant history, folklore and urban myths. David had precise knowledge of architectural details, as well as information on the owners of the homes and intriguing stories of their lives. The tour was well-paced and provided terrific information so we could plan our remaining time in Louisville. We highly recommend the Louisville Walking Tour to round out a visit to this beautiful city on the border of North and South.
Written November 15, 2020
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David D
Thanks so much for joining us in Old Louisville! Glad you enjoyed!
Written November 17, 2020
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LEF
3 contributions
Sep 2020
David was super knowledgeable about the different styles of houses in Old Louisville. He took us to several picturesque areas with beautiful houses. He knows a lot about he history of Louisville and I would definitely recommend his tour if you like looking at old buildings are architecture.

Everyone wore a mask during the tour regardless of it being outdoors, to adhere to the COVID guidelines.
Written September 25, 2020
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David D
Thanks for coming to Old Louisville!
Written September 26, 2020
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David G
3 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
The tour was a fun and casual experience. Our tour guide, David, was not only informative, but also passionate about the history and architecture of the city. He even stopped the tour for a few minutes to let my girlfriend take a moment to sit when she wasn't feeling well. It would be great if a longer tour was an option to see more of old Louisville and hear more about the city's history, but as it is, the tour was well worth the money.
Written October 29, 2020
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David D
Thanks for coming! It was a pleasure having you on both tours! Come back soon!
Written October 29, 2020
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Storyteller559072
New York City, NY1 contribution
Sep 2019
In September 2019, two friends and I were going on a ladies’ only trip to Louisville. Prior to the trip, I wanted to investigate what this great city had to offer. As a native New Yorker, I didn’t have to look far. I found an article published in the New York Times, “36 Hours in Louisville”. It recommended the best way to learn about the architecture and history of the Old Louisville neighborhood was to book a tour. Not any tour, but a David Domine run Louisville Historic Tour.
It definitely was the best way to see “America’s Grandest Neighborhood”, as David led us though the blocks, boulevards and courtyards. His knowledge about the different architectural styles of the homes and the engaging history of Old Louisville made this tour highly informative and enjoyable. He is a wonderful story-teller. This walking tour definitely went beyond our expectations.
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in a historical perspective of this city.
Written May 28, 2020
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So glad you had a good time! Thanks so much for the nice review! I look forward to seeing you soon again in Old Louisville!
Written June 3, 2020
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Mamiford
Chicago110 contributions
Sep 2020
David Domine is super knowledgeable and has a flair for detail and storytelling. Makes sense, as he's written books about Louisville and has another coming out soon. Sometimes it takes a person raised elsewhere (in his case, Wisconsin) to approach a town with fresh eyes. He's now been living and breathing and researching the city for over 20 years, and he will energetically geek out with you and your group about everything from architecture to historical, literary, and cultural figures who lived there to property taxes to ghost stories. Do not miss this. Louisville is fortunate to have him as an adopted son.
Written October 15, 2020
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David D
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Written October 16, 2020
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Jim J
Culpeper, VA1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
David gave a great tour of Old Louisville and took us to places we wouldn't find on our own. He gave us a lot of interesting and fun history, with some of it reminding us of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil!"

He showed us examples of the various styles of Victorian-era houses and some background on the people who built them and their contributions to the development of the city. It was fun hearing about the "Witches' Tree" and the tornado that struck the town soon after the tree was cut down to be fashioned into a maypole.

We didn't know that one name for Louisville was "Glitter Ball City" because the glitter ball originated here and Louisville once built most of them, including the ones, for example, at Studio 54.

We would have enjoyed spending more time with David and in Louisville. We had our (well-behaved) dog with us and it was nice to be able to have her along on the tour; David was very nice to her.

In terms of the mechanics of the tour, David texted us instructions on where to park and meet and where to catch up with the group if we were running late, and that made things a lot easier.

By the way, David Dominé is an established author and has a new book coming out 10/5/2021 based on some of the things that happened in a particular house in Old Louisville: "A Dark Room in Glitter Ball City." We've pre-ordered it in hardcover.

If you like seeing historic homes, learning history, and a good walk besides, this tour is recommended!
Written September 12, 2021
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David D
Thanks so much for such a thorough and helpful review! It was my pleasure showing you around Old Louisville!
Written September 13, 2021
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suezq1013
Brooklyn, NY17 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
David’s tour was an excellent way to spend some time learning about old Louisville. From millionaires row to Belgravia court, david told very entertaining stories that really brought the neighborhood to life! We spent most of our time in the downtown area and this was a lovely change of venue. Also David’s recommendations were on point! After our tour we went to some of the places he recommended and we had a great day!
Written July 21, 2021
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David D
So glad you enjoyed your time with us! Thanks again for coming to Old Louisville!
Written July 21, 2021
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Hock57
Pittsburgh, PA46 contributions
The tour guide was very knowledgeable, so much information to remember, his delivery was spot on. This area is absolutely beautiful, so many old homes that have been restored to glory of a by gone era. My favorite area was Floral Terrace and a close second was St James Court. I would recommend this tour to history buffs and architectural lovers. Our guide also offered places we could eat lunch depending on what were our tastes.
Written October 7, 2022
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David D
So glad you had a good time! Thanks for coming!
Written October 7, 2022
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