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Discover the Charm of Old Louisville

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Old Louisville is one of the most well-preserved collections of Victorian style homes in the country. Once the place where the wealthiest of Kentuckians lived, it saw its decline as technology advanced and having servants to run the large homes became more expensive and less practical.

The homes and neighborhood as a whole fell into disrepair for decades. In the 70s, local activists began restoring these old, derelict homes to their former glory. What has developed since is a vibrant, eclectic and beautiful neighborhood that many different people call their home. It's full of boutique shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

Don't take a trip to Louisville without visiting this amazing part of the city.

Events and Activities

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St. James Art Fair

 This local event takes place on the first weekend of October. The art fair showcases over 600 artists from across the country and draws over 250 thousands visitors each year. Skilled artists across all mediums gather in the heart of Old Louisville and sell their art to visitors passing by. Visitors will find hand-crafted pottery, clothing, sculptures, jewelry, and more that isn't available anywhere else.

You'll find delicious food at the fair too, of course, but it isn't your typical fair food. The St. James vendors serve the most interesting, unique, and gourmet foods you'll find anywhere in the city. Only the best vendors are accepted into the St. James Art Fair.

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Shakespeare in the Park

Grab a blanket and pack a lunch for the annual Shakespeare Festival that takes place each year in Old Louisville. Local performers take on some of Shakespeare's greatest works on the Central Park stage . Performances start in June and run through August.

This year, visitors will see performances of Shakespeare in Love, Henry V, A Midsummer Night's dream, and performances by dance and improv groups.

The tickets are free, food and drink is available on site, and you're free to bring your dogs, too! Don't miss out on the opportunity to relax in the heart of Old Louisville and enjoy the theater and the beauty of Central Park.

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Old Louisville Mansion Tours

Enjoy walking and guided tours of some of the most historic, beautiful homes in Old Louisville. Each home is decorated with period appropriate antiques and furnishings. You'll love learning about the rich history of Old Louisville!

Your tour guides are some of the most knowledgeable people in the country when it comes to the times and the people of Louisville. Whether you're just visiting for a few days or have spent your whole life in Louisville, these mansion tours will let your experience Old Louisville like never before.

Make sure your book ahead. These tours are popular and tend to fill up fast. Because these tours involve walking around town, bring water and appropriate footwear.

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Old Louisville Ghost Tours

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Old Louisville is known as the most haunted neighborhood in the country. On weekend evenings, visitors who don't mind a little paranormal activity can take a ghost tour of Old Louisville. Most of the homes and buildings in the neighborhood have long histories, some of which aren't very pleasant. Thanks to the knowledgeable and experienced tour guides, visitors will learn about the history of the neighborhood and watch it come to life before their eyes. They may even have a paranormal experience or two! 

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Restaurants in Old Louisville

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Old Louisville Tavern

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This restaurant has been serving great food and drink for decades. You'll find classic burgers and chicken wings alongside a huge selection of other comfort foods. There's also a great selection of beer and alcohol to choose from. It is a tavern, after all.
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Buck's Restaurant

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If you're looking for fine dining in the heart of Old Louisville, Look no further. Buck's restaurant serves some of the tastiest high quality dishes in the city. If you're in the mood for a high-grade cut of beef or some fresh seafood, Buck's is an especially great choice.
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610 Magnolia

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This restaurant approaches southern food from a new angle. The head chef, Edward Lee, seeks to honor the history of Old Louisville while still serving contemporary dishes. Not only are the dishes great tasting, they're great looking as well!
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What Visitors are Saying...

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Gorgeous homes and fascinating history!

My husband and I really loved this tour! We were visiting Louisville for the weekend and wanted to get a better idea of what the city was like. David was an incredible guide who had so much knowledge of the architecture and history of the 45 blocks of Old Louisville. Because this area isn't in the main tourist spots, you would never know it's here - and that's such a shame because it's gorgeous and SO charming! You learn so much about the roots of the city, and even get to hear some fun witch and ghost stories. We had a great time and it was our favorite activity we did while there! -Lindsey J.
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Fun and Interesting!

Our family of 6 took this tour and loved it. More than just architecture, there was fun history, beautiful gardens, secret walkways, and a ghost story or 2. The 90 minutes just flew by! I would highly recommend this tour. -Robin T.
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It's a "must see" in Louisville!

This tour was awesome. For someone born in Louisville this neighborhood is known for its Art Fair but the beauty and charm of the area is not appreciated until you can walk through it slowly. David gives you an overview of the history, architecture and the ghost stories! I highly recommend taking one of David's tours if you live in Louisville or are from out of town. This ranks up there with the Slugger Museum and Churchill Downs. It's a "must see" in Louisville! -Mike K.

Old Louisville Can't be Experienced in Just One Day...

Stay at one of the bed and breakfasts located right in Old Louisville. What could be better than staying in one of the magnificent Victorian homes Old Louisville is famous for!
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