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Louisville Historic Tours

Louisville, KY, USA
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About Louisville Historic Tours
As recommended by The New York Times, this tour is the best way to discover America's Grandest Victorian Neighborhood. Seven days a week from March 15-November (and select off-season dates) we highlight the eye-popping architecture and fascinating history in one of the country's largest historic districts, Old Louisville. In the late 1880s, as the famous Southern Exposition drew hundreds of thousands of visitors to Kentucky's largest city, bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco constructed impressive Gilded Age residences. They left a visual legacy of stone and brick mansions and townhomes that run the gamut of Victorian architectural splendor. Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Châteauesque, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, Georgian—these are just some of the styles scattered over 40-square blocks just a mile from downtown Louisville. Daytime tours focus on architecture; evening walks highlight haunted history and legends. Since 2004, we are the ORIGINAL. 90 min.
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Old Louisville Ghost Tour as Recommended by The New York Times

Tours daily from March 15 through November 15; limited dates in the off-season!

The fascinating historic district known as Old Louisville has gained national exposure because of its impressive Victorian mansions and quirky residents. Developed in the 1880s and 1890s, it attracted the Derby City's bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco. This narrated walk is based on books by storyteller David Dominé, who often shows up to guide groups himself. The tales shared involve personal experiences and neighborhood gossip. The New York Times recommends a tour with him as the first thing not to miss during a visitor's "36 Hours in Louisville."

Specializing in "America's Most Haunted Neighborhood," we depart from the corner of Fourth and Ormsby, at the transitional edge of the neighborhood. If you love old architecture and spooky history, this is the tour for you! If you do not like an up-and-coming neighborhood with a diverse racial make up, this tour is not for you!
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1 hour 40 minutes
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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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1 hour 30 minutes
from $25.00
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Nomads1984 wrote a review Nov 2020
New York City36 contributions26 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from David D, Owner at Louisville Historic Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks so much for joining us in Old Louisville! Glad you enjoyed!
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Barb G wrote a review Nov 2020
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She was very knowledgeable and had personal experience with some of the restorations. It did run a little long which is good and bad. We had plans for after that were a little delayed but I truly enjoyed all the info.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from David D, Owner at Louisville Historic Tours
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks for coming out to Old Louisville!
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Kim J wrote a review Nov 2020
Wheaton, Illinois15 contributions1 helpful vote
David is a great story teller! I would have loved to have a longer tour, the 1.5 hours flew by. His books sound very interesting
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from David D, Owner at Louisville Historic Tours
Responded 4 weeks ago
Glad you enjoyed the tour! Come back soon!
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David G wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
The ghost tour was a fun twist on the historic walking tour of old Louisville as we got to hear about spooky stories through the decades. The tour guide had a personal connection to several of the houses and their associated stories and it made for a fun story telling experience.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from David D, Owner at Louisville Historic Tours
Responded 5 weeks ago
Thanks for the nice review! It was a pleasure having you on the tour! Come back soon and we'll show you the rest of the neighborhood!
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David G wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from David D, Owner at Louisville Historic Tours
Responded 5 weeks ago
Thanks for coming! It was a pleasure having you on both tours! Come back soon!
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