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Lafayette Cemetery Tour

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Tour New Orleans oldest cemetery and find out why the graves of the deceased are built above ground. Hear tales of the past and witness these old and crackling tombs up-close!

This cemetery has been active since 1833, with burials still occurring to this day! See these elaborate vaults and learn why people came to be buried here. Full of history and an eerie aesthetic, these guided tours are a perfect way to explore New Orleans’ past.

Know before you book:

  • This tour is conducted outside, dress weather appropriate
  • Terrain is uneven
  • It is recommended to arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour begins

Highlights:

  • Tour the oldest cemetery in New Orleans
  • Learn the history of the cemetery from a knowledgeable guide

Nearly 200- years old, Lafayette Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans! Take a guided tour of this old and interesting graveyard and learn its unique past. See the graves of notable New Orleans’ elites and find out what areas were used in the filming of TV shows and movies!

Have you ever wondered why New Orleans bury their dead above ground? The elevation of this city is a negative number, the only way to keep the dead in place was to build cemeteries above ground, thus the tradition of raised cemeteries in New Orleans took hold! Book a tour and learn more of this city’s unique above-ground burial custom!

Lafayette Cemetery is located in the Garden District neighborhood of New Orleans. Explore New Orleans’ oldest and most fascinating graveyard!

Prices 2021

Lafayette cemetery tour prices depend on the length of time and tour inclusions. A basic 1.5-hour lafayette cemetery No. 1 tour will cost around USD $20.00. Or, if you can add on a garden district tour and the price will be USD $40.00.

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See the stunning mansions and movie star homes of the New Orleans Garden District and marvel at the majestic Southern live oak trees. Then, go to Lafayette #1 Cemetery, where famous films, such as Interview with a Vampire and Double Jeopardy were shot.
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New Orleans: Garden District & Lafayette Cemetery Tour
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New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour: Mansions and Lafayette Cemetery
On this Garden District walking tour, meander down tree-lined alleys and past grand antebellum homes while learning about the historic neighborhood from your guide. Your guide shares local perspective on the posh 19th century district and historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, the filming location...
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New Orleans Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery Small Group Walking...
On this tour, visit Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 with a non-profit organization whose mission is to save and preserve New Orleans cemeteries. Not only do you get a comprehensive and historically accurate account of the famous events inspired by the cemeteries and the people of note buried there...
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Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 Walking Tour

Times

Lafayette cemetery tours are offered daily in the mornings and afternoons and can be booked for 1.5-hours or 3-hours.

Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Best Time to Go

The best time to book a New Orleans Lafayette Cemetery tour is in the morning. It will be slightly less crowded which will allow for a more enjoyable experience.

Classic Lafayette Cemetery Tour

This tour focus’ on the Lafayette cemetery exclusively. It lasts approximately 1.5-hours’.
Guests will receive a comprehensive and historically accurate guided tour from a local.

Lafayette Cemetery Tour Plus Garden District Tour

Combine a Lafayette cemetery tour with a Garden District walking tour for a unique New Orleans experience. Marvel at the antebellum homes while learning about this historic neighborhood from your knowledgeable tour guide.

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 Walking Tour

Explore Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans’ best-known above-ground burial site, and the location of scenes from many films and TV shows.

See the lavish above-ground vaults and tombs of the families that once lived in the surrounding Garden District mansions. Learn about New Orleans’ unique burial system and see some of the more remarkable tombs and funerary symbols.

What we liked: This tour only focuses on the Lafayette cemetery, it is comprehensive and very informative.
INCLUDES:
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission into Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

EXCLUDES:
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drink

This tour is provided through a non-profit organization whose mission is to save and preserve New Orleans cemeteries. Not only will you receive a comprehensive and informational tour, you’ll also contribute to preserving New Orleans’ cemeteries for future generations.

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New Orleans: Garden District & Lafayette Cemetery Tour

Start your tour with a walk through the Garden District. Learn the rich history of the area and how it fits into the overall story of New Orleans. Admire houses and mansions of various styles, from the Italianate to the Gothic, Romanesque and Greek Revival. See the homes of the authors, poets, actors, and artists who have made the Garden District their home. Be mesmerized by the towering Southern live oak trees, majestic Crepe Myrtles and stunning magnolias. New Orleans’ Garden District possess a beauty and character that sets it apart from other cities.

Next, you’ll visit the city’s oldest municipal cemetery, Lafayette No 1. Learn about the above ground burial practices of New Orlean from your knowledgeable tour guide. Hear tales of the yellow fever epidemic that left 8,000 dead in one year.

What we liked: This tour combines two famous New Orleans attraction into one comprehensive and informational tour.
INCLUDES:
  • Local guide
  • Walking tour of New Orleans’ Garden District
  • Entry/Admission into Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

EXCLUDES:
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drink

The tour lasts approximately 2-hours, with a walking distance of 1-mile.

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New Orleans Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery Small Group Walking Tour

This small group walking tour of Lafayette cemetery and the Garden District provides for a more intimate New Orleans experience. In this small group setting you’ll be able to ask as many questions as you’d like.

Walk through Lafayette cemetery, one of the most unique cemeteries in New Orleans and the United States. Pursue through tree-lined streets and past grand antebellum homes at leisure while learning about the historic neighborhood from your local guide.

What we liked: This small group walking tour allows for a more personalized experience.
INCLUDES:
  • Local guide
  • Small group walking tour of New Orleans’ Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
  • Entry/Admission into Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

EXCLUDES:
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drink

Group size is kept to under 12 guests to make for a fun, personal experience.

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New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour: Mansions and Lafayette Cemetery

Experience the best of New Orleans’ Garden District on the only tour that will take you inside a Garden District mansion. Follow your tour guide on a 3-hour tour of the Garden District and Lafayette cemetery.

See mansions belonging to author Anne Rice, actress Sandra Bullock, actor John Goodman. Next, follow your guide through the elaborate above-ground tombs at Lafayette Cemetery.

Your tour will conclude with light refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop before you are transferred back to the French Quarter.

What we liked: This is the only Gardens District tour that will take you inside a Garden District mansion.
INCLUDES:
  • Local guide
  • Transport to and from the Garden District by an air-conditioned coach
  • Walking tour of New Orleans’ Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
  • Entry/Admission into Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
  • Light refreshments

EXCLUDES:
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food

Included in this tour is round-trip air-conditioned coach transfer from the French Quarter to the Garden District, where you will begin your walking tour.

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8.3Expert Score
This tour is a great way to learn about New Orleans' unique history. Guests will learn about everything from Voodoo to New Orleans' elite.
Comfort
7
Location
10
Fun
8
PROS
  • A fun and informational tour
  • Tour is given by a local guide
CONS
  • Operated in all weather conditions, rain or shine

Specification: Lafayette Cemetery Tour

Accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Duration

2 hours

Excludes

Food and drinks, Gratuities, Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Includes

Entrance fees, Local guide

Meals & Drinks

Not included

Pickup

Not Provided

Suitable For

History-Lovers

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  1. Anonymous

    This trip was so amazing. The leader from Lucky Bean tours was friendly and informative and sweet. We had such a special tour with her and would recommend her again and again. We have traveled all over the world and know good tour directors!

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  2. Anonymous

    So happy my husband and I chose this tour. It was just us and Libby, the tour guide. We arrived early so had lunch at the meeting point, the Gracious Bakery;very delicious. This was our first of 2 tours by Lucky Bean tours. We toured at our own pace. All our questions were answered. It was great!

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  3. Anonymous

    It was cold and lightly raining but our guide, Libby, ensured we still had a fantastic walk around the Garden District. She was very informative and entertaining and we wouldn’t hesitate recommending this tour.

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  4. Anonymous

    The Garden District tour was great and Libby, the tour guide, customized the tour based on my interests. Libby knows a lot about the history, architecture, tales and stories about New Orleans and the Garden District. I definitely recommend her tour!

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