Garden District Tour: Discover 19th Century Architecture
306 Ratings
New Orleans
Discover the history of New Orleans through its 19th century architecture on this 2-hour Garden District tour. Explore exquisite mansions and learn about the architects and families who shaped this historic area. Includes a visit to Lafayette Cemetery to learn about local burial customs.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Lafayette Cemetery No.1 - A small segment of the tour focuses on the unique burial customs in New Orleans. (Please note that entrance to the cemetery is permitted by the City of New Orleans, and it may be closed when services are being performed.)
What's Included
  • Licensed, insured, and local guide
  • Extensive knowledge of the area
What's Not Included
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Additional Information

Immerse yourself in the history of New Orleans as you explore its iconic architecture! This 2-hour tour of the Garden District grants you a look into 19th century life in the city as you admire the grand, classic mansions. Take a leisurely walk with a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide and become familiar with the various architectural styles present in this district, from Greek Revival and Italianate to Victorian. Learn about the 19th-century architects and families that left a legacy in this historic part, and take a peek into the houses of former and current famous personalities.

This tour also includes a brief detour into Lafayette Cemetery where attendees will receive insight into the intriguing local above-ground graveyard traditions. It begins with a quick primer on the history of New Orleans Cemeteries and unfolds into a dialogue about the different styles and types of tombs found here. This tour is limited to a group size of 14 ensuring a more private, personalised experience.

  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
2727 Prytania St
Prytania Street
Centrally located departure location - one block from the St. Charles Streetcar or four blocks from the Magazine Bus. Meetup spot is right next to a great coffee shop, so be sure to show up a few minutes early for a snack. Tour departs from outside the main entrance of the Rink. Your guide will be holding a sign that says"New Orleans Architecture Tours".
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(306 Ratings)
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Mar 29, 2024
Great afternoon walking tour - This is an amazing walking tour. The Garden District is just beautiful and full of history. Kelsey was great, we were late due to a wreck and she stayed in contact with us and we were able to meet up with them. She knows the area and puts a lot of effort into researching the area for her tours.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 28, 2024
A nice trip in the garden district - An informative, fun and fabulous way to get to know the garden district. Our guide was both knowledgeable about architecture and relaxed to not feel like it was a lecture. Would recommend
Review provided by Viator
Mar 16, 2024
Loved our experience with NOLA Tours - We took the tour of the Garden District with NOLA tours which came highly recommended and which raised to the expectations. Our guide Artie is very knowledgeable, sweet, funny and accommodating. My children and I learned so much in 2 hours! After the tour, Artie also sent me some extra information and useful websites on some topics we discussed during the tour. We also took the Marigny tour the following day, I'll leave a separate review. Highly recommend NOLA Tours, excellent service, easy to book, good rates.
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Mar 15, 2024
Garden District tour with Kelsey - Kelsey was excellent providing information and historical details about NOLA and the Garden District homes.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 14, 2024
We were 2 couples so it... - We were 2 couples so it felt very much’a personal’ tour with Kelsey as our guide. We loved her way of explaining things and make it easy to absorb! She gave us in a very short time the history of hundreds of years and we really enjoyed it! And, it stayed with us! Excellent presentation of history and the following insight on the beautiful homes’ history and nuances!! Very enjoyable and extremely informative! Great job!! Thank you Kelsey!!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 14, 2024
Had an awesome time with... - Had an awesome time with Artie! She was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and the area is gorgeous. Would highly recommend.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 10, 2024
Wonderful Tour - Our guide was so knowledgeable. She gave us so much information about the architecture and history of the Garden District.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 5, 2024
Wrought iron vs. cast iron! - Will was a wonderful and very informed guide. His passion for architecture was evident and he was able to interpret the evolution of the neighborhood through the style of the houses. Would recommend for those who are interested in the history and building styles through time.
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Feb 28, 2024
Beautiful Architecture - Very knowledgeable guide both in history and architecture, we learned a lot. The mansions are beautiful. It was a great tour.
Review provided by Viator
Feb 28, 2024
Excellent Garden District Architecture Tour - Will was a wonderful tour guide. Passionate and knowledgeable about NOLA architecture and history. We really enjoyed our tour and highly recommend.
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up to 15 guests
April 2024