Garden District Tour


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.

Sights we cover on the 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…

*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, keep your eyes peeled and we advise leaving the “To-Go Cup” at the hotel. Please contact us if anyone in your party uses walking assistance.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.  Groups of 6 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.

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

When: 10:30am Tour: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (not offered on Tuesday) | 1:30pm Tour: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.