More Than Just A Tour
Louisville Historic Tours invites you to relive the past on one of our award-winning regularly scheduled tours. Unlike other companies offering tours, our guides and interpreters are actual residents of the neighborhoods you will be touring. In addition, our tours incorporate historic and architectural experts to provide you with a more memorable experience as you discover the sight-seeing treasures in Kentucky’s largest city.
Here’s a listing of our current tours. We also offer private tours for small groups and step-on services for your coach. Tours are offered year round, rain or shine, however the schedule is subject to change.
Phone (502) 635-5244 or (502) 718-2764 to confirm and make tour reservations.
America’s Most Exuberant Neighborhood Tour
Since it was declared a historic preservation district in the 1970s, many have considered Old Louisville one of the most architecturally exuberant neighborhoods in the country. With more than a thousand old homes, it’s one of the largest as well. Constructed primarily between 1880 and 1905, the residences in Old Louisville showcase a wide variety of building styles, including Châteauesque, Richardsonian-Romanesque, Italianate, Victorian Gothic, and Queen Anne – just to name a few.
If you like old homes and fabulous architecture, this is a tour you won’t want to miss. A knowledgeable guide will share stories and architectural details while you walk the neighborhood and view its most impressive structures. At the same time, you will learn about the bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and tobacco titans who lived there and hear the stories of how they and other colorful characters made this historic district America’s Most Exuberant Neighborhood.
Offered daily at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, allow approximately 90 minutes for this walking tour. $20 per person. This tour stops in front of many of the homes featured in David Dominé’s book Old Louisville: Exuberant, Elegant, and Alive. You may buy the book here.
America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood Tour
The most haunted neighborhood in America? That’s what many are calling Old Louisville, an extensive preservation district filled with old mansions and strikingly beautiful homes in Kentucky’s largest city. Wherever you go in this eye-popping neighborhood, it seems that a haunted house is not far away. Or a haunted church, a haunted street corner, or a haunted park. Over the last two decades, so many stories of supernatural activity have surfaced here that Old Louisville has gained the reputation as being the spookiest neighborhood in the entire country.
Join a guide for this nightly tour that introduces you to the ghostly past and paranormal hotspots in America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood. Best enjoyed against the backdrop of gas lamps and hidden walking courts, this haunted history tour has received awards and accolades from national and international publications.
Offered daily at 7:30 pm, allow approximately 90 minutes for this walking tour. $20 per person. This tour is based on David Dominé’s book True Ghost Stories and Eerie Legends from America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood. You may buy the book here.
Tours leave from the Old Louisville Information Center, 1340 S. 4th Street. Reservations and payment is required at the time of the tour. 6% KY state sales tax is not included in the price of the tour.
Call the Information Center during business hours for more details, Tuesday through Friday 1 pm - 5pm, (502) 635-5244, or call (502) 718-2764 for more information.