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Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

1400 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70130

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.

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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
$27.00 per adult
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Bask in the Garden to see New Orleans
Angie was our guide, and she was outstanding. She brought the neighborhood to life for us. We learned about the neighborhood’s history, its architecture, some botany, a clear and comprehensive explanation of the cemetery practices and stories about some recent and current famous local residents all mixed together in an entertaining couple of hours. The time passed quickly. I highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting New Orleans for the first time.
Robert_B, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

star-5
Well worth the time!
Paul_D, Oct 2021
New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Angie was an amazing guide- her knowledge of the area was truly comprehensive, and her delivery was perfect
star-5
Great tour on Garden District
Danielle_B, Oct 2021
New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Unfortunately, I forgot our tour guides name, however, she was a great one. We traveled in May 2021 and the weather was perfect. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept the tour interesting, It was amazing to learn about the houses structures, and the design history. Definitely recommend this trip and wear good walking shoes.
star-5
Interesting, great tour guide
Sid_H, Oct 2021
Glamorous Garden District & Lafayette Cemetery Tour
Beautiful weather, explanation of architectural styles, historic details about the Livaudais plantation, biographies of builders and owners, impact of Civil War
star-5
Garden District and so much more!
Anonymous, Oct 2021
New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Angie, our guide, was informative and kept the tour lively and interesting! In spite of near constant noise from renovation and street repair, she kept us captivated on architectural features, history, and the residences of current and former owners.
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Solo tour
Jose_M, Sep 2021
New Orleans Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery Tour
It was shortly after NOLA reopened in OCT 2020, and I was the only one on this tour. Highly appreciative that Dave did this just for one person. He's extremely knowledgeable and it was all very interesting. I feel like it was well well well worth the price
star-5
Very enjoyable and informative walk through a beautiful neighborhood
Nicole_B, Oct 2021
New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
The magnificent homes and the stories about them were very interesting. Also the last stop at the cemetery was great. Our tour guide Angie was fantastic. Very friendly and knowledgeable. She was a pleasure!
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Loved the stories and the...
Bhavana_A, Oct 2021
New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Loved the stories and the cemetery facts! The tour guide was awesome. She also gave us recommendations on where to get good vegan food.
star-5
Great tour!
Thomas_M, Aug 2021
New Orleans Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery Tour
Wonderful tour with a knowledgeable and engaging guide. The tour included the cemetery and the garden district and a lot of history and background was given. Worth the time and money.
star-5
Excellent tour and guide.
Mary_N, Jul 2021
Glamorous Garden District & Lafayette Cemetery Tour
Excellent guide. Covered a lot of area in a very fun way. Garden district was great and well worth the trip to that area.
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Garden tour
Troy_W, Oct 2021
New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Angie was great! Provided a lot of great information, was very funny! Would gladly take another tour for Angie in the future.
star-5
Great tour of Garden District.
Lynne_F, Oct 2021
New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Our guide Angie was fantastic! Great commentary and very entertaining. Would tour with her again. We saw a lot of the Garden District
star-5
Great time!
Eileen_M, May 2021
New Orleans Garden District and Cemetery Walking Tour
Randy was very knowledgeable about history of New Orleans. Had a great sense of humor, very personable.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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