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

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

Old Louisville Walking Tour as Recommended by The New York Times!
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from $25.00 per adult
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jun 15, 2020
A note from Old Louisville Walking Tour as Recommended by The New York Times!
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
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
About
March through November, daily; limited dates in the off-season! Our tours include more than St. James Court. We see twice as much as other neighborhood walking tours, visiting Ormsby Avenue, Park Avenue cottages, Floral Terrace, the Witches' Tree, and Millionaires Row. Bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco settled here in the 1800s. Today, impressive Victorian mansions and quirky residents have earned national attention for Old Louisville. Author David Dominé often guides groups himself. The New York Times recommends his tours as a MUST during a visitor's "36 Hours in Louisville." Learn more in A DARK ROOM IN GLITTER BALL CITY, David's next book—out in October 2021! Narrated walks 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. If you can't go 90 minutes without a bathroom, this is not for you!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 246721P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Certified Guide
Exclusions
Entry/Admission - Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) • Entry/Admission - Louisville • Entry/Admission - The Filson Historical Society
Duration
1h 30m
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.
Inclusions
Certified Guide
Exclusions
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.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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.
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
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 end 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
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RRRdiChicago
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Wonderful tour
Jun 2021 • Solo
This was a really interesting walking tour, full of history, architecture and local lore. I highly recommend it.
Written June 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
David D
Thanks for coming to Old Louisville! We're glad you enjoyed your walking tour!
Written June 17, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Marc F
1 contribution
Old Louisville Walking Tour -- Excellent!
May 2021
I enjoyed my tour with Deborah very much! She brought deep knowledge and breadth of understanding to the conversation. I really appreciated being able to learn about many styles of architecture, from stone mansions to wood-framed cottages and shotguns. Highly recommended!
Written May 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
David D
We're glad you enjoyed your time with Debra! Thanks for coming to Old Louisville!
Written May 24, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

amosell
studio city, ca6 contributions
Enjoyable
Apr 2021
It was a very good tour. I learned a lot about the city and it’s history. Don’t hesitate...you will walk away knowing you had a great time.
Written April 26, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
David D
Thanks! We're glad you came to see us in Old Louisville!
Written April 27, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

DadTired
Bloomington, IN9 contributions
Great Locations with Average Guide
Apr 2021
Tour took about two hours to complete and was through the Historic Old Louisville neighborhoods. The weather was perfect during our tour and since it was late spring everything was starting to bloom and it was gorgeous.

Our tour guide was average...not funny, not engaging, and a bit pompous. Also, there are no bathrooms. You simply meet the tour guide on the street and go.

I would recommend the Historic Walking Tour run through the visitor's center. You'll have access to bathrooms and the money goes back to the community you are touring.
Written April 26, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
David D
Thanks for coming to Old Louisville!
Written April 26, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mary Barclay
Louisville, KY1 contribution
Awesome Tour
Wonderful tour David was terrific very knowledgeable on history and architecture of the historic homes highly recommended
Written April 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
David D
Thank you for coming to Old Louisville! Come back soon!
Written April 19, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jan
3 contributions
Great walking tour
Apr 2021 • Solo
Our tour guide Dave gave a detailed, entertaining tour of the historic places in Old Louisville. He really knew about the architecture used in the houses.
Written April 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
David D
Glad you enjoyed your time in Old Louisville with us! Thanks and come back soon!
Written April 18, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

scott C
Columbus, GA9 contributions
Historic Louisville Walking Tour
Very much worth the $$. A wonderful learning experience about the history of Louisville historic district. See the beauty of the restored homes. Highly recommend
Written April 13, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
David D
Thanks for the nice review! We're glad you enjoyed your time in Old Louisville!
Written April 13, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bethany
6 contributions
A MUST do activity!
Apr 2021 • Couples
If you’re going to Louisville, this is a must! Out of everything we did during our weekend visit, this was the highlight of our trip! The tour guide, David, is very informative and has a lot of good information about the houses and history of the area. I hope that more can discover this beautiful area!
Written April 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
David D
Thank you so much for the nice review! We're glad you enjoyed your time in Old Louisville - Come back soon!
Written April 12, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Patrick M
2 contributions
Review of Tour
Apr 2021 • Couples
I thought David was very informative. Loved his passion for the neighborhood!! The neighborhood itself was very beautiful.
Written April 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
David D
Thanks for coming to Old Louisville!
Written April 11, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Savannah Fadeley
Vonore, TN10 contributions
Walking With History
My husband and I love doing history walks and seeing older architecture. This was a fun and informative tour. We loved the guide and loved the backstories of the houses and area.
Definitely a must see and do tour !
Written April 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
David D
Thanks so much! Really glad you found us in Old Louisville! Come back soon!
Written April 5, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Excellent Experience
If you love diving into the history of beautiful old neighborhoods, this tour is for you! David excels at mixing h
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Enthralling!
David is such an amazing storyteller so the mansions are just a plus! I was enthralled by the stories and views.
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Fun tour with a great guide
My wife and I really enjoyed this tour. It’s a great way to learn the history of the area with some fun stories to
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A taste of History
David was a friendly and solid storyteller as he guided us down beautiful, historic Louisville. Despite some of the
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Check the WEATHER!
Great tour and wonderful host! Weather was unbearably HOT! Had to leave before tours end…or I may have been the new
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Don't miss this tour! Must do
David was a great story teller and included lots of personal details in the tour. He is very knowledgeable about Ol
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Must do!
Awesome tour! It was great to see another side of Louisville David was a great guide and very knowledgeable. The ba
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Great tour with very knowledgeable guide!
We’ve been on walking tours before where the guide didn’t seem to know more beyond the script. This was completely
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An Immersive Victorian Experience
Peter did an excellent job creating an authentic, history-focused ghost tour that wasn’t hokey. Love, love, loved i
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Great stroll through Old Louisville
Peter our tour guide had a lot of knowledge of so many of the historic homes and had some great stories to tell as
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Unclear
It needs to be clearer about the type of tour it is. We thought it was a tour through a mansion. Once we paid by cr
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Part of a city you never know existed! Good even for locals
Money well spent, David puts alot of effort and passion into this. Must try! Even locals should give it a shot!
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Old Louisville Ghost Walk
David was an amazing story teller. He was captivating and engaging. We all enjoyed it and can’t wait to return!
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Great!
Great people! Nice customer service and very friendly Would recommend this to others Nice times to be had
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The real Louisville experience
My wife and I love ghost stories and visiting haunted sites. This ghost tour exceeded our expectations! This was ou
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