Visitors


What to Do

Welcome to the city of Louisville’s great urban jewel, Old Louisville!  This National Preservation District is home to the largest contiguous collection of Victorian mansions in the United States. This rich architectural heritage draws visitors from all over the world.

Begin your visit at the Historic Old Louisville Neighborhood and Visitors Center in Central Park. The Visitors Center is located in a beautifully restored mission style building at the crest of the hill in the park. Central Park is a destination in itself, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. It is an urban oasis with a vine-laden pergola that offers a beautiful respite, and embowered walking paths.

Historic Old Louisville Walking Tours

Central Park Visitors CenterMay through September we offer a 75 minute guided walking tour showcasing the highlights of this great architecture. Most of the historic architecture in these 45 square blocks was built between 1880-1910. There are a rich array of styles, including Beaux Arts, Chateauesque, Italianate, Neoclassical, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, Richardsonian Romanesque, Second Empire, Tudor Revival, and Venetian Gothic.

The Historic Old Louisville Tour starts at the Visitors Center  Wednesdays–Saturdays 1:30 pm and 3 pm. Tours are $15 per person; $5 Students (with ID ), Free for Children 12 and under.  Show Us Your Badge Discount – buy one get one admission free.

If you prefer to explore on your own, we offer a self-guided walking tour booklet to enrich your visit to these lovely tree-lined streets, houses, and gardens that we call home.  And, if you have time, watch a short 12 minute film that introduces you to Old Louisville at the Visitor Center.

Performances

If you are visiting in the Spring, Summer or Fall, we have a variety of performances at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in the Park. Old Louisville LIVE music performances start in the Spring, then the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival  begins in June and runs throughout the summer 6 nights a week. The music performances pick up right after Shakespeare and carry through September. Fall brings the St. James Court Art Show, one of the largest outdoor art shows in the country, the first weekend in October.  

Where to Stay

Where to Eat/Drink

610 Magnolia $$$$
Upscale – Reservations Only
610 Magnolia Ave.
636-0783
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Amici Cafe $$
Italian
316 W. Ormsby Ave.
637-3167
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Baraka $
Somalian/Indian
519 W. Oak
822-3046

Buck’s $$$$
Upscale
425 W. Ormsby Ave.
637-5284
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Burger Boy $
Diner
Brook & Burnett
635-7410
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China Inn $
Chinese
1925 S. Fourth in Cardinal Center
636-2020

Comfy Cow $
Ice Cream
339 W. Cardinal Blvd.
409-5090
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D Nalley’s $
Diner
970 S. Third
588-2003

Dizzy Whiz $
Diner
217 W. St. Catherine
583-3828
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Grady’s Bar & Grill $
Casual
414 W. Oak
637-7002
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Granville Inn $
Sports Bar
1601 S. Third (Third and Gaulbert)
637-9128
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Hill Street Fish Fry $
Fish
111 E. Hill St.
636-3474
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Jimmy John’s $
Sandwiches
341 W. Cardinal Blvd.
634-3334
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Old Louisville Pizza Co. $
Pizza
1201 S. First (First & Oak)
635-6960
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Papa John’s
Pizza
2336 S. Floyd Street
636-1112
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Pizza Donisi
Pizza
1396 S. Second
213-0488
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Prince Hookah Lounge
1489 S. Fourth (Fourth & Hill)
618-4201

Smokey’s Bean
Coffee & Sandwiches
1214 S. Fourth
749-6900
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Wings and Things $
Casual
416 W. Oak St.
636-3361

BARS

Granville Inn
Sports Bar
1601 S. Third (Third and Gaulbert)
637-9128
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Mag Bar
Neighborhood/Alternative
Second & Magnolia
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Tick Tock Inn
Neighborhood
208 East Burnett (Burnett near Brook)
614-5189

The Tavern
Neighborhood
Fourth and Gaulbert
Closed till Apr. 2016
637-4200

Teddy Bear’s
LGBT
1348 Garvin Pl.
589-2619