Guided tour

Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

Activity provider: Louisville Historic Tours

From US$ 25 per person

Discover Old Louisville, America's third-largest historic district. Walk through impressive Victorian mansions and discover its quirky residents on this New York Times-recommended walking tour.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore the neighborhood where bourbon barons and tobacco titans settled
  • Marvel at the fabulous old mansion, churches and stunning buildings
  • Learn about the architectural and historical treasures Old Louisville has to offer
  • Discover why the New York Times recommends this tour as a "must"
Full description

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. 

Join this walking tour through Old Louisville with a professional guide and marvel at more than 1,000 old houses, churches, and buildings of this iconic and beautiful neighborhood. Listen as your guide tells you all about this preserved district and the history of the people who lived there. 

Enjoy the tour recommended by The New York Times as a "must" during your time in the city to discover the colorful history of Old Louisville in a very entertaining way.

  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bathroom stops
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the brown Welcome to Old Louisville sign at the corner of South Fourth Street and West Ormsby Avenue, which is a block north of Central Park.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • This tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • People attending this tour must be able to walk 90 minutes without a bathroom break
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

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Knowledgeable and quirky , I really enjoyed my tour. We chatted so much about everything we saw, it went a bit over time, although she did tell the group in case they needed to go to another tour. So, leave a buffer in your time if you are cramming experiences. This one is delightful and I highly recommend it.

May 17, 2022

My wife and I agree that the walking tour of Old Louisville was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Kentucky. David is a phenomenal tour guide. He is very knowledgeable about local history and architecture as well as many other topics, (art, food, etc.) David took us to many places that we would not have found on our own and discussed the changes in housing depending on the specific neighborhood and time of construction. David was very patient and thorough in answering questions. Surprisingly, he knew about many of the recent house sales in the area and could tell us about prices, the state of repair of each house, the layout of the interiors, etc. Our tour went longer than planned because of the extensive interaction between David and the clients. Since my wife needs a wheelchair for long distances, we appreciated that the tour is accessible. We highly recommend this tour.

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May 1, 2022

David is awesome. His knowledge is remarkable, noting dates and multiple types of architecture with histories of each neighborhood. The tour was through beautiful areas which were breathtaking. I highly recommend this tour. It is not to be missed if you visit Louisville. A big thumbs up!!

May 5, 2022

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