Garden District Tour with Lafayette Cemetery

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!

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.  Be sure to also read our guide to New Orleans cemeteries to learn more.

Sights we cover on the Garden District Tour:

Be sure to take a read on our self-guided Garden District tour to learn more about what you will see.

  • 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.

Tour information

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.   Look for your guide in orange with the Free Tours by Foot logo.

Garden District Meeting Point

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

When: Everyday @ 10:30 am  | 1:30 pm Tour: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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.