Free Garden District Walking Tour

This post provides details for our daily, guided walking tours of the Garden District as well as our self-guided GPS-enabled audio tour and other options.




The Garden District, or ‘Lafayette City’, as it was once known, is just a short streetcar ride from the French Quarter, but it feels like a world apart.

Excluded from early 19th Century Creole society, newly arrived Yankees got to work creating their own city.

The result is one of New Orleans’s most desired neighborhoods and one of the nation’s most beautifully preserved city districts and it’s home to the rich, the famous, the strange, and the dead!


Manning House Garden District


Join Free Tours by Foot on our Garden District Tour as we stroll the leafy, magnolia-shaded streets of the Garden District and a city of the dead, Lafayette Cemetery #1.

This walking tour is not just mansions and manicured gardens, but stories of legends, tragedy, epidemics, lost causes, movie stars, celebrity chefs, and haunted spirits. 

Sights We Cover on the Garden District Tour:

  • Colonel Short’s Villa
  • Briggs-Staub House
  • Commander’s Palace Restaurant
  • Toby’s Corner
  • Manning House
  • Brevard-Mahat-Rice House
  • Rosegate
  • Payne-Strachan House
  • Lafayette Cemetery*
  • and much more…

*Cemetery is closed for maintenance until further notice.  We will still talk about the cemetery at the gate!

New Orleans is well known for uneven streets, most famously in the Garden District. It is often a source of great humor and peril. Please wear flat shoes and let us know if anyone in your party uses walking assistance.


Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 10 or more persons should visit our group inquiry page.

Where: Meets on the southwest corner of Prytania St. and Washington Ave. (next to the white wall).  Please use our Google map for directions to the start of the tour

Garden District Meeting Point

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Approximately 1 mile in length.

When: Check out our tour calendar

Cost: name-your-own-price tourGroups of 6-9 must prepay $10/person. Groups of 10 or more must organize a private tour and can read about our options for groups

Save more money in New Orleans with a tourist discount pass and consider a swamp tour and a plantation tour.



We also offer a self-guided, audio tour for you to use anytime you wish.

The audio tour is GPS-enabled, so you can also follow it on your phone. Downloads cost just $1.99. Here is an audio sample.

We also offer audio tours of the Garden District, Lafayette Cemetery #1, and an audio tour of our Arts, Music, and More Tour.

Here is how it works:

  1. Download our free app on (iTunes) or (Android).
  2. Download any audio tour(s).
  3. Enjoy the tour(s).

Available Tours

  • Garden District
  • French Quarter
  • Lafayette Cemetery #1
  • Hurricane Katrina Rebirth
  • Music, Arts, and More Tour
  • St. Charles Streetcar 

Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing, eating, and playing in New Orleans.


About the author

Manager | New Orleans

Sarah first moved to New Orleans in 2001 to work for the American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana. While working in the communities of New Orleans she fell in love with the unique culture of the Big Easy; it's food, music, architecture, wildlife, and most of all history.

Sarah began her career with FTBF, first as a guide, then as an owner/operator. She believes every day is a good day if she gets to impart her love of her beloved New Orleans with Free Tours By Foot guests. She especially likes to convert new Who Dat Saints Fans!