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St. Louis Cathedral Tours

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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Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans

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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New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour

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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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour

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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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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New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

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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 Ghost Adventures Tour

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New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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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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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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French Quarter and Cemetery Walking Tour

French Quarter and Cemetery 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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Oak Alley Plantation and 3-Hour New Orleans City Tour

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Private French Quarter Walking Tour

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French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride

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French Quarter Walking Tour

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Saints and Sinners Walking Tour in New Orleans

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Ghost, Vampire, and Voodoo Walking Tour

Ghost, Vampire, and Voodoo Walking Tour

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The Knowledgable and certified tour guides can give you an experience that is very unique in New Orleans. Our tour guides are bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish. We will give you the historically accurate stories of New Orleans while delivering the lore and legends in a way that will still be entertaining for our guests. Come and join us for a beautiful tour through the famous French Quarter, where you can enjoy an alcoholic drink while listening to our stories. Best way to see some spirits, is to imbibe some spirits. :) Private Tours are offered at other times. Please call and we will accommodate you as best as we can.
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New Orleans Haunted & History Tour

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Haunted French Quarter Walking Tour in New Orleans

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New Orleans Private Photo Shoot with Professional Photographer

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New Orleans Haunted Ghost Tour

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Private New Orleans History Tour

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Discover New Orleans kaleidoscopic history on a 2-hour private walking tour, exploring highlight landmarks like the bustling French Quarter, Jackson Square, Cabildo, the Ursuline Convent and more. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its eclectic history from New Orleans' French and Spanish roots to its Creole cultural traditions and contemporary culture. A great comprehensive tour for history buffs!
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