St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
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Founded in 1789, this cemetery is the oldest in New Orleans and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • Mitchell O
    Bryan, Ohio225 contributions
    A Must Do!
    If you can get over the fact that you're paying to walk through a cemetery (though I understand why they must charge, it was admittedly a stumbling block), the experience is worth it. The history, the culture, and the stories are all bundled together in a walking tour through the cemetery. My only complain is that the guide knew his talking points so well that he talked very fast and the tour seemed rushed. I don't think it was intentional, but I can imagine you would get bored saying the same thing all day week in and week out. Overall, however, I would recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Lisa W
    28 contributions
    Great Tour
    We took a tour from the Basin Street station, the only tour that goes into the cemetery and we and our teenage son all were happy we did it. Tours only during the day so this is more about education and photography not a ghost tour. We went on an early tour (9:30) and it was already hot, wear your sunscreen. Our guide Mary was really knowledgeable we could have listened to her for another 45 minutes. You could tell she knew her subject and did her homework. Plenty of opportunities for photos of the site with no one in them. Really glad we took the time to do this.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Barbara O
    1 contribution
    Great Cemetery Tour!
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour through the St. Louis Cemetery No 1 today. I think it was mostly because of our tour guide, Will. He was very knowledgeable, entertaining, personable and engaging with everyone. The stories about the cemetery, and the people buried there, were well-told, and so interesting. Loved the little cemetery cat too! If you’re in New Orleans, this tour is well worth the money!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Allison G
    Boston, Massachusetts131 contributions
    A must when in New Orleans
    You must have a ticket from a tour company to get inside this cemetery. It was only $25 for a 1 hour walking tour and trust me there is so much history to cover in this small cemetery. This is the future resting place of actor Nicholas Cage and the resting place to thousands of others including the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau and Homer Plessy. A great tour, highly recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Andrew D
    Cookeville, Tennessee16 contributions
    Cemetary Walking Tour
    Excellent tour. Informative and entertaining. Our tour guide, Rahsaan Parker, made the experience come to life. The amount of history in this tour made it one not to be missed, but be sure to make reservations of you won't likely be attending. This tour is appropriate for families. Also, I'd likely not do it in the summer...Come to think of it, New Orleans in the summer sounds dreadful.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Thomas R
    2 contributions
    Perpetual care is the way to go!
    Our guide, Zelda, was the absolute best guide ever. She made the cemetery tour come alive. (I guess that’s a good thing, even in a cemetery!) I believe I learned more about New Orleans history and culture from this tour than any other. The facts about the cemetery and it’s guests were really interesting. Highly recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2023
  • marcus85
    Wellington, Florida2 contributions
    Zelda was amazing
    Our guide, Zelda, was great. She had so much historic information that made our tour fun. Zelda also had a great sense of humor that the whole group enjoyed. Would definitely recommend this tour and Zelda as the guide, if you can get her.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Ellen L
    Royersford, Pennsylvania1,851 contributions
    Fascinating and Zelda the Great tour Guide!
    The tour was spectacular. Not only is the cemetery fascinating in and of itself, but Zelda, our tour guide, was filled with stories. Now - I'm sure some of the stories are told by other guides. However, it's all in the delivery. She was HYSTERICAL. So don't miss this tour and ask for ZELDA. You won't be sorry!!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Stevey9999
    19 contributions
    Great tour! A New Orleans Must-Do!
    We took a very fascinating and informative tour of the cemetery last weekend. Our tour guide Charles did a great job! He had some interesting stories and lots of fun facts! It is very busy tour so make sure you get your tickets a day or two in advance.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 29 March 2023
  • Playswdogs
    420 contributions
    Worth the cost of a paid tour
    Sadly vandalism has closed these cemeteries to the public unless on a paid tour. The bright side is that we have been here many times before, but learned many new things on the paid tour. It is also cleaner and safer than it had been previously. A very worthwhile tour, plan on about an hour.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 April 2023
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Sue S
Manchester, UK2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Although paying to visit a cemetery isn't the norm, I highly recommend the visit. Tour guide really knew his history of the cemetery, and New Orleans - pretty sure I took a spirit back to the hotel, I had a very vivid dream that night, that one was sat on my stomach, which I strangely felt and woke me up (I'm not crazy, honest! Lol) I also wasn't scared though, it was an experience and I'd defo go again! Oh, and the tomb of Nicolas Cage, although he's not yet dead! He paid for one, just in case he decides it to be his final resting place!
Written 19 February 2024
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Mercedez H
Tuba City, AZ12 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
O-M-G Zelda was on fire with the knowledge today. She really could’ve been a saleswoman for that “perpetual care” and I would get it. She was adorable and looking so sharp in her well shined shoes too.
Written 9 February 2024
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peyton w
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Zelda did so amazing!! I loved her and she was so informative and entertaining. I really appreciated how well she conducted the tour.
Written 9 February 2024
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sam l
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Zelda was an amazing tour guide! I thought it was very informative and interesting tour. She really knew her stuff and spoke in a way that engaged me more than I thought.
Written 9 February 2024
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Anna H
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Zelda was a wonderful tour guide! She was very funny, shared great stories and was very attentive to the groups needs. I highly recommend Zelda and this tour!
Written 9 February 2024
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Lori R
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Well done, lots of information, Mary was a delightful guide. Highly recommend the opportunity to experience this unique place. You'll never forget what purpose a caveau serves in New Orleans.
Written 4 February 2024
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Joy Hill
Harrisburg, NC19 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The tour was a fun way to kick off our one day visit to New Orleans. Will, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable, a great story teller, and had a good witty sense of humor. All the right elements for a good tour.
Written 20 January 2024
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Brandon B
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Couples
Will was entertaining and shared lots of interesting tidbits.

Worth the time for sure. There are plenty of interesting stories behind the tombs.
Written 11 January 2024
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cndirector1
New Holland, PA216 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Our tour guide, Richie, was phenomenal. His knowledge of the cemetery, history of burial practices in New Orleans. Richie’s stories were engaging and had us wanting to hear “the rest of the drama.” I highly recommend this tour. Don’t forget to look for the Nicholas Cage crypt!!
Written 30 December 2023
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kec
4 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Zelda has a great tour guide. Knowledge and very funny. It was nice to learn the history and she was great at keeping the audiences attention.
Written 29 December 2023
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