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St. Louis Cathedral Tours

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St. Louis Cathedral
A prominent landmark on Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral (officially the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France) stands tall and proud, beckoning French Quarter visitors to take a little time out from drinking and dancing to admire the oldest continuously used cathedral in the United States. The seat of the city's Roman Catholic Archdiocese, the cathedral was built in 1789 and rebuilt in 1850, and today, its all-white, Spanish Colonial façade with three black spires is one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in the South. The inside is just as beautiful.

The Basics
As one of New Orleans' most famous landmarks, St. Louis Cathedral deserves a spot on every visitor's itinerary. Nearly all sightseeing tours in the city include a stop here, whether a basic walking tour or a quirkier supernatural, romantic, or "drunk history" themed tour. Thanks to the cathedral's central location, it's also easy to visit on your own when mass isn't in session; volunteer docents sometimes lead tours, and brochures for self-guided tours are available at the entrance for a small donation.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • St. Louis Cathedral is a perfect spontaneous stop on a stroll through the French Quarter.
  • Mass takes place daily at 12:05pm.
  • The cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
  • Expect a full house for mass on Catholic holidays such as Easter and Christmas.

How to Get to St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral is located just across Chartres Street from Jackson Square, so it's easy to get to on foot from just about anywhere in the French Quarter. Parking in the area can be difficult to find, so travelers coming from further afield should consider taking a tour that includes hotel pickup and dropoff, catching a taxi or rideshare, or riding a streetcar to Jackson Square on the Riverfront Line.

When to Get There
While the cathedral is open daily, it closes in mid-afternoon, so it’s best to plan your visit for earlier in the day, either before or after midday mass. Those planning to attend mass on a significant holiday, such as Easter or Christmas, should try to arrive well before the service starts, as seats often fill up quickly.

Visiting the Old Ursuline Convent
Travelers planning a visit to St. Louis Cathedral should also set aside some time for a stop at the nearby Old Ursuline Convent, also located on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. The oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, the convent was built in the 1750s and today houses a museum within its French Colonial facade.
Address: 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA
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New Orleans Vampire Walking TourWalking Tours

New Orleans Vampire Walking Tour

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Discover the most legendary vampire haunts in New Orleans on this 2‐hour evening walking tour! Your local guide will lead a lamplit promenade through the French Quarter to visit places imbibed in vampire lore such as the filming location of Interview with a Vampire. You’ll also hear some ‘real’ stories of the undead from public archives and police reports, and peek in at a known vampire tavern. Think twice before accepting any free drinks! 
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Three Hour City Tour of New OrleansHalf-day Tours

Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans

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Although not your typical tour of New Orleans, this expedition through the Big Easy takes in some of the major points of interest, including the French Quarter, Treme, the Esplanade, the Garden District and the Metairie Cemetery. Relax in air-conditioned minibus comfort, and listen as a guide leads you through one of America's most historic cities.
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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking TourCultural Tours

French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour

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Delve into the stories behind the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans during a French Quarter walking tour. Take in famous landmarks including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the Mississippi River, along with lesser-known places of interest. Hear from your guide about the architecture and heritage of the district, and get the inside scoop on recommended places for shopping and dining as well.
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French Quarter Haunted Excursion In New OrleansHistorical Tours

French Quarter Haunted Excursion In New Orleans

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This haunted excursion around New Orleans takes in the greatest hits of ghosts and vampires alongside lurid New Orleans history, popular culture and architecture, cemetery explorations and, of course, tales of the city's great unsolved mysteries. Popular with families and individuals alike, the tour includes fun commentary during a walk through the French Quarter. As the Cajun expression 'laissz les bon temps rouler' goes, let the good times roll!
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New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French QuarterHalf-day Tours

New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

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Indulge in New Orleans liquid culture on this insider cocktail tour of the historic French Quarter! With an expert guide and fellow drinks enthusiasts, journey beyond the hubbub of Bourbon Street and visit four historic local haunts for a sampling of iconic cocktails. At each legendary venue, admire the mixology of notable bartenders, discover the origins and truths of centuries‐old spirits such as absinthe, and sip on a Sazerac (or two).
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History TourCultural Tours

New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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Immerse yourself in the best of the French Quarter on this 2.5‐hour historical walking tour. An entertaining local guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. See notable literary and cinematic landmarks, bustling scenes of local life, and architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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New Orleans Sightseeing City TourBus Tours

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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New Orleans French Quarter Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour

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Explore New Orleans' history, culture and architecture with a 2-hour walking tour through the French Quarter’s atmospheric streets. Stroll alongside a local guide as you hear about the multicultural heritage of the Vieux Carre, and spot the distinctive architectural styles that tell the city’s stories. Learn about the slaves that found community in Congo Square. Finish your walk with tips on how to eat, drink and live it up like a local — or yat — in New Orleans.
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Cemetery and French Quarter Walking TourHistorical Tours

Cemetery and French Quarter Walking Tour

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Explore the rollicking history and ghostly legends of some of New Orleans’ most iconic locales on this walking tour of the French Quarter. Learn about the city’s roots as an 18th-century French colony and hear tales of famous former residents, from Creole aristocrats to voodoo priestesses. Visit neighborhood landmarks like Jackson Square, the French market, the Cabildo, and Café du Monde, plus the captivating above-ground tombs of historic cemetery St Louis No. 1.
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New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tour

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This haunted house tour is led by a professional historian and perfect for travelers who want a behind-the-scenes look at the ghosts and spirits that still lurk in the Big Easy. Listen to real ghost stories as you make your way through the French Quarter of New Orleans.
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Private French Quarter Walking and City Surrounding Neighborhoods Driving TourFull-day Tours

Private French Quarter Walking and City Surrounding Neighborhoods Driving Tour

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New Orleans French Quarter Photo ShootPrivate and Luxury

New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot

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Savor your New Orleans experience with a professional photographer to show you around the French Quarter and capture high-quality photos of the excursion. The local photographer not only knows the top photo spots in the city but can also share other details about the sights throughout the tour. This enables you to maximize your time and take home photos.
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Saints and Sinners Walking Tour in New Orleans

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Free People of Color - A French Quarter Tour (in English)Cultural Tours

Free People of Color - A French Quarter Tour (in English)

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New Orleans Haunted Ghost TourHistorical Tours

New Orleans Haunted Ghost Tour

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Discover the spooky side of New Orleans with a historian-led walking tour. Visit haunted locations throughout the French Quarter such as the Lalaurie Mansion and May Bailey’s Brothel. Hear stories from local history over the leisurely stroll. This tour is kid-friendly and based on historical research.
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The Haunted AF French Quarter Tour!Pub Tours

The Haunted AF French Quarter Tour!

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Expect a few laughs, a few chills, and a little morbidity. A walking tour of no more than 15 guests. We’ll get to know each other at the top of the tour--where everybody is from, what other tours they’ve been on, interests, and such. I will customize a walk to include everyone’s interests, ghostly, morbid, or historical. Once underway, we will walk about 1.25 miles (2 km) along the sidewalks of the French Quarter. It won’t be like a death march -- there will be plenty of stopping as I share the stories of the homes, businesses, galleries, and alleyways along the way. Sometimes we’ll even make it to the banks of the mighty Mississippi. Along this walk I will share legends of ghosts, werewolves, vampires, Voodoo, witchcraft, pirates, serial killers, and whatever else comes to mind. I'll sneak in some history, architecture, and such -- you won't even know it happened. There will be a bar break halfway through the tour, and a family friendly option too.
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New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Walking TourCultural Tours

New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Walking Tour

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New Orleans is one of America’s most haunted and mystical city’s and this walking tour covers the main highlights. Learn about voodoo magic and listen to gruesome tales as you walk through the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Walk through Jackson Square, Louis Armstrong Park, and Cemetery #1 as you go beyond colonial history and discuss the development of the city’s unique culture.
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French Quarter Bar Pit Stop and NOLA Legends TourWalking Tours

French Quarter Bar Pit Stop and NOLA Legends Tour

Discover the French Quarter’s history, lore and legendary drinks on a 2-hour walking tour of the neighborhood with plenty of time refill your to-go cup at bars along the way. Learn the secrets of the Vieux Carré as you visit the city’s most haunted house, try to spot local vampires and a beloved ghost then hear about New Orleans’ Voodoo Queen. See historic sites and a soaring cathedral, and get insider tips on the best places to eat, drink and party like a New Orleans local.
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New Orleans Private Photo Shoot with Professional Photographer Fun & Games

New Orleans Private Photo Shoot with Professional Photographer

We offer a beautiful option of a private photoshoot in a Masquerade promt in the heart of New Orleans
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Withlocals The 10 Tastings: New Orleans Private Food TourHalf-day Tours

Withlocals The 10 Tastings: New Orleans Private Food Tour

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Fall in love with the flavorful Louisiana cuisine on this delicious food tour in New Orleans! Enjoy a selection of 10 food and drink tastings hand-picked by your foodie local host, just for you. From yummy must-tries like fried plantains, brought to the city by the African community, to a surprise Creole treat picked on the day; you’re in for a treat, so bring your appetite.
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Oak Alley Plantation and 3 Hour New Orleans City TourDay Trips

Oak Alley Plantation and 3 Hour New Orleans City Tour

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Spend three hours getting an insider's look at this historic city. Rout the famous cemeteries, iconic plantation homes and Hurricane Katrina landmarks with you professional guide. Learn about Creole history and tradition as you explore the city during this tour that's perfect for first-time visitors, families and history lovers.
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Private French Quarter Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private French Quarter Walking Tour

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Take in New Orleans’ distinctive architecture and history on a small-group, 2-hour walking tour of the French Quarter. Step back in time at Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral, and learn about the Vieux Carré’s most celebrated (and notorious) characters. See Madame John’s Legacy, visit the Old Ursuline Convent then stop by the home of a famous socialite and suspected serial killer. Explore the neighborhood with a local guide, and get insider tips on the best places to eat and drink like a local in New Orleans.
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New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage TourHorse Carriage Rides

New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour

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Get a taste of 18th-century New Orleans while exploring its most notorious haunts aboard a mule-drawn carriage. Join a small group of no more than eight people for an intimate evening tour through the French Quarter, where rollicking nightlife conceals a past filled with dark deeds, natural disasters, and supernatural sightings. Hear the city's most salacious history from a guide as you clip-clop your way past iron-laced balconies, darkened alleys, and southern mansions steeped in legend.
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