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Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 Tours

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Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. Built in 1833 and ripe with ghost stories and the graves of notable New Orleans residents, this Garden District graveyard serves as the final resting place for more than 7,000 people. The cemetery gets its name from the old city of Lafayette, now part of New Orleans.

The Basics
Lafayette Cemetery is one of the most popular historic sites in New Orleans, and it is frequently featured on area sightseeing tours. Visit the cemetery as part of a walking tour of the Garden District, or take a deeper dive into the cemetery’s history on a dedicated tour with a guide who’ll cover everything from burial procedures to notable ghost stories.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The cemetery is free and open to the public.
  • Plan to spend about 90 minutes touring the cemetery grounds.
  • The cemetery grounds are accessible to wheelchairs, though some of the terrain is uneven.

How to Get There
Lafayette Cemetery is on Washington Avenue in the Garden District. You can get there by taking the St. Charles Streetcar to Washington Street stop. From there it’s a short walk to the cemetery.

When to Get There
The cemetery is open on weekdays from morning until early afternoon and on weekends from morning until noon. It’s a popular attraction, so visit early in the day to avoid crowds. 

The History of Aboveground Cemeteries
Many parts of the city of New Orleans sit below sea level, so early settlers to the area had trouble with the bodies of their recently interned washing away during the summer rains. The settlers quickly learned that the only way to properly keep their dead in place was to build raised cemeteries, and this form of internment became a New Orleans tradition.
Address: 1400 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
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37 Tours and Activities to Experience Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

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New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

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Step back in time on this historic walking tour of New Orleans’ Garden District with an experienced guide. Learn about life and death in the city and its unique above-ground crypts and gravesites. Walk shady avenues lined with antebellum homes, and hear how a small riverside settlement grew into a lavish, wealthy city. See a wide range of architectural styles in the elegant Garden District neighborhood then get local tips on the city’s best places to enjoy New Orleans' finest music, food, and drink.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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New Orleans Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery Tour

New Orleans Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery Tour

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Take a stroll through New Orleans’ history and culture on a walking tour of the Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery #1 with an experienced guide. Visit streets lined with gracious, antebellum homes, and learn how the city’s Creole and American residents competed with Greek Revival architecture and English-gardens. Discover the elaborate crypts and monuments in one of New Orleans’ oldest and most beautiful cemeteries, hear stories about Lafayette’s most famous ‘residents,’ and trace Louisiana history through the names on the gravestones. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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New Orleans Garden District and Cemetery Walking Tour

New Orleans Garden District and Cemetery Walking Tour

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Explore one of New Orleans’ oldest and most atmospheric neighborhoods on a walking tour of the Garden District. Admire the oak avenues and manicured landscaping that give this lush locale its name, and see some of America’s finest examples of historic southern architecture, including the ornate homes of local celebrities and famous former residents. Plus, visit the Garden District’s most haunted highlight, the above-ground tombs of legendary Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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Maximize time in New Orleans with a sightseeing bus tour. Explore beyond the beauty of the French Quarter to see other neighborhoods including the Garden District, Treme, and the 9th Ward. Learn about city culture and history as you travel along Frenchmen Street, Esplanade Avenue, and more. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Glamorous Garden District & Lafayette Cemetery Tour

Glamorous Garden District & Lafayette Cemetery Tour

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Just off the trolley from the French Quarter, New Orleans’ Garden District is the city’s historical core. Learn about Garden District history and architecture from your guide as you walk down picture-perfect streets, past sights like the Lafayette Cemetery, and right by celebrity homes. Because it’s a small-group tour, you have plenty of opportunities to ask questions, too.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour

New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour

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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 for famous movies. A small-group tour offers a more personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 tour

Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 tour

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Step back into the 1830's, flat boats & steamboats along the Mississippi, cotton/sugar/tobacco traders, Creole opulence and immigrants from around the world. The story of New Orleans extends far beyond the French Quarter and the Garden District has a story to tell. At Galavant Tours, our passion is sharing New Orleans with visitors from around the world. To provide you the best experience, we keep our tours groups small to tailor our tours to your interests. We talk Cajun vs Creole, food, music, history from Civil War to Katrina. And we're not afraid to talk about politics and religion, Louisiana-style!
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans Garden District Tour

New Orleans Garden District Tour

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Enjoy an educational and leisurely stroll through one of New Orleans' most gorgeous neighborhoods on this walking tour of the Garden District. Hear about the history of the stately mansions along the tree-lined streets before visiting one of the city's haunting cemeteries.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour

New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour

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Experience the best of New Orleans’ opulent Garden District. On this walking tour, marvel at the enormous antebellum mansions, learn about some of the district’s famous residents including Anne Rice and Sandra Bullock, and visit homes used in the films 'Interview with a Vampire' and 'Dracula 2000.' See the elaborate above-ground tombs at Lafayette Cemetery, one of the city’s most significant ‘Cities of the Dead’.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.00
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Garden District, Cemetery and Commander's Palace Lunch Walking Tour

Garden District, Cemetery and Commander's Palace Lunch Walking Tour

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One of the most elegant neighborhoods in New Orleans, the Garden District is best explored with the benefit of a private guide to highlights its features and stories. Walk past celebrity homes and down boulevards lined with oak trees, stopping to admire celebrity homes and historical sites. Tour the legendary Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, as well, and conclude your tour with reservations at Commander’s Palace, a top New Orleans restaurant.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour

New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour

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Absorb the grandeur and opulence of New Orleans’ Garden District on a historic 2-hour walking tour. Meander down sun-dappled sidewalks and admire well-preserved antebellum mansions, current and former homes to famous residents including Anne Rice, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. End with a guided walk through Lafayette Cemetery, featuring a remarkable collection of above-ground tombs.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans French Quarter and Garden District Bike Tour

New Orleans French Quarter and Garden District Bike Tour

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Pedal through two centuries of New Orleans history on a combo bike tour of the French Quarter and Garden District. Learn about the city’s Creole roots as you ride along the banks of the Mississippi and through the legendary streets of the oldest neighborhood in town. Then, cross over to the ‘American’ side, where stately southern mansions overlook leafy boulevards and the time-worn tombs of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. It’s a great way to meet the many faces of New Orleans while enjoying fresh air and exercise.
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  • 3 hours
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$50.00
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Private Garden District Walking Tour With Lafayette Cemetery No 1

Private Garden District Walking Tour With Lafayette Cemetery No 1

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This private Garden District walking tour with English- or Spanish-speaking guide can accommodate groups of up to 5 travelers. See Lafayette Cemetery #1 (not open to the public) and learn about its history from outside the gates. Then continue through the historic Garden District neighborhood and through the American Sector part of New Orleans, all while being dazzled by the opulent wealth of the early settlement of the Americans. The area is filled with amazing Antebellum homes with significant historical information. Be entertained with local tales about reported hauntings, historical facts, and celebrity and movie making facts. After your historic journey, your Tour Guide is happy to recommend places to eat, drink, and have fun as well as local hangouts, celebrity information, and other fun tidbits for your magical vacation in New Orleans. Learn about the best things to do in New Orleans on this fun and informative Private Journey. Just your group, and our guide! Come Live It!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$375.00
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Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery Combo Tour

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Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery Combo Tour

Nestled in the heart of New Orleans, the charming Garden District is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of the Crescent City. With 19th Century mansions side by side to Victorian homes with the classic “gingerbread” style of architecture, this area is a must see for anyone looking to explore the unique beauty of New Orleans and her history. Our experienced tour guides will lead you through this amazing collection of some of the best preserved mansion homes in the Southern United States. With National Historic Landmarks and stunning homes used in multiple television shows and successful films. The Garden District is an ideal setting for relaxation, great photography, and making connections with the history and culture of New Orleans. Your tour will conclude at Lafayette cemetery #1, one of the most visited and filmed cemeteries in New Orleans. Lafayette #1 is an excellent example of the unique way we bury our departed.
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Garden District Walking Tour

Garden District Walking Tour

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Stroll down the leafy lanes of New Orleans' Garden District on this comprehensive walking tour. Traveling on foot means you'll get a chance to know the area much more intimately than you would peering out from inside a glassed-in tour bus. Listen to in-depth commentary on the area's history and culture from your guide and take the opportunity to ask questions. Stops include multiple Confederate-era houses, some celebrity homes, and the Lafayette Cemetery #1.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Chauffeured and Historian Guided City Tour of New Orleans

Private Chauffeured and Historian Guided City Tour of New Orleans

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See the many faces of New Orleans on this 3-hour private tour. Your guide, a local historian, will lead you through the Lower Ninth Ward and the ever-evolving Warehouse/Arts District. Explore the scenic Garden District, known for its oak-lined streets, lush gardens, and impressive Victorian mansions. End your tour with a visit to the historic Lafayette Cemetery.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$490.00
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Garden District Tour in New Orleans

Garden District Tour in New Orleans

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Discover the historic Garden District in New Orleans on a 2-hour walking tour that starts from Lafayette Cemetery. Pass stately homes where the modern day celebrities and other famous characters have lived, and hear about the colorful history of the district.
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Private Garden District Pedicab Tour

Private Garden District Pedicab Tour

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Cruise through the modern-day highlights and tumultuous history of New Orleans on a private pedicab tour that takes you to sites such as Buckner Mansion and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. While many New Orleans tours focus on the touristy French Quarter, this tour takes you deeper into the city’s culture. Plus, traveling by pedicab creates a pleasant pace while enabling you to see more than you could on foot.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$135.00
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Beyond the French Quarter: New Orleans Off the Beaten Path Audio Tour

Beyond the French Quarter: New Orleans Off the Beaten Path Audio Tour

Take the historic hop on hop off streetcar - at your own additional cost - into the neighbourhoods of New Orleans and beyond the French Quarter. Come along to discover the flavor of the Warehouse District, the Irish Channel, the Lower Garden District, and Uptown. Check out national museums, historic graveyards, southern Gothic mansions and fabulous local haunts. Most of all check out the local, off the beaten path New Orleans. Places to stop along the way include The World War II Museum, Ogden Museum, Commander's Palace, Lafayette Cemetery No 1, Coquette, Basin, The Bulldog, The Balcony, Fleurty Girl, Magazine Street Antique Mall, Blue Cypress Books, Live Oak Cafe, Oak, The Magnolia Grill and Rum House. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline. Simply buy a ticket for the streetcar and hit play to enjoy the tour.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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New Orleans Private Tour by Bike

New Orleans Private Tour by Bike

This is a custom private tour of the Garden District, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 and Magazine Street. With Galavant tours we completely tailor these tours to the interest of our guests. We have arranged bikes to easily extend the range of our tours and have focused on the culinary aspects of the city, mixing the history of New Orleans with the local cuisine of Magazine street.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$256.42
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Private Garden District, St Charles Ave, and Cemetery Tour

Private Garden District, St Charles Ave, and Cemetery Tour

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The French Quarter may get all the attention, but New Orleans’ Garden District is bursting with southern charm if you know where to look. Get a customized introduction to this historic neighborhood on a walking tour of antebellum mansions, celebrity homes, movie locations, and more, with a private guide alongside to share insight and answer all your questions. Bonus: The tour also stops at the legendary Lafayette Cemetery #1 for a lesson in above-ground burial.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$240.00
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Soul of NOLA French Quarter & Garden District Tour walk & drive combo

Soul of NOLA French Quarter & Garden District Tour walk & drive combo

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This is a private tour, feel safe touring safe only with the people you are traveling with. We begin in the French Quarter, the most emblematic New Orleans neighborhood. We'll discuss geography, architecture and the folks that made our fabled city in the swamp. Next we’ll head upriver in a mini van to the Garden District. As we proceed through the oak-lined streets we will take in the grandeur of historic mansions and gardens and discuss the political landscape that gave birth to the Garden District. Lafayette Cemetery #1, one of the iconic New Orleans’ above ground “cities of the dead”. From outside the cemetery walls,(all cemeteries are currently closed) we will discuss the unique burial traditions of the Crescent City. We'll have transportation, but some walking, in areas like the Jackson Square & the cemetery, is ideal. This excursion features the highlights of the French Quarter and uptown neighborhoods.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$450.00
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Private Full-Day New Orleans Walking Tour Including St. Charles Street Car Ride

Private Full-Day New Orleans Walking Tour Including St. Charles Street Car Ride

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Explore New Orleans’ colorful history, culture, and architecture with a private walking tour for small groups that includes the historic French Quarter, Garden District, and a nostalgic ride on the famous St. Charles Street Car. Stroll through the French Quarter with your guide as you hear about the heritage of the Vieux Carre. See Royal Street, filled with antique stores, street musicians and other performers, and walk into Jackson Square. See the Saint Louis Cathedral and the buildings that frame it. Visit the Mighty Mississippi River, the reason New Orleans exists today. Then board the St. Charles Streetcar, the oldest continuously operating Streetcar in the world, to Lafayette Cemetery #1 and the beautiful Garden District. View Lafayette Cemetery #1 from outside the gates (no public access) and learn about the unique above-ground tombs and burial process. Stroll through the Garden District, all while being dazzled by the opulent wealth of the early American settlement.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$999.00
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New Orleans City Bike Tour

New Orleans City Bike Tour

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This owner-operated company provides a truly local's perspective. When you ride with Paradise Park you are riding with one of the owners ensuring that your experience is of the highest quality. See the city through a locals eyes. See the city through the eyes of someone who truly loves what they do, who truly loves the City of New Orleans, and who truly wants you to love it too.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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