Trip Planner:   USA  /  Kentucky  /  Louisville  /  Neighborhoods  /  Old Louisville

Old Louisville, Louisville

4.5
#5 of 19 in Sightseeing in Louisville
Neighborhood Tourist Spot
Old Louisville is a historic district and neighborhood in central Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It is the third largest such district in the United States, and the largest preservation district featuring almost entirely Victorian architecture. It is also unique in that a majority of its structures are made of brick, and the neighborhood contains the highest concentration of residential homes with stained glass windows in the U.S. Many of the buildings are in the Victorian-era styles of Romanesque, Queen Anne, Italianate, among others; and a large number of blocks have had few or no buildings razed. There are also several 20th-century buildings from 15 to 20 stories.Old Louisville consists of about 48 city blocks and is located north of the University of Louisville's main campus and south of Broadway and Downtown Louisville, in the central portion of the modern city. The neighborhood hosts the renowned St. James Court Art Show on the first weekend in October.Despite its name, Old Louisville was actually built as a suburb of Louisville starting in the 1870s, nearly a century after Louisville was founded. It was initially called the Southern Extension, and the name Old Louisville did not come until the 1960s. Old Louisville was initially home to some of Louisville's wealthiest residents, but saw a decline in the early and mid-20th century. Following revitalization efforts and gentrification, Old Louisville is currently home to a diverse population with a high concentration of students and young professionals.
Put Old Louisville on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Louisville itinerary planner.
Source
map
Create an itinerary including Old Louisville
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
402 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • So much history and beauty as pointed out by our guide. The homes and buildings are breath taking and there were stories along with quite a few of them. Very, very nice place to see and take in. Anoth...  more »
  • Old Louisville has a bit of ecclectric eccentric everything to see with historic buildings, squares and parks with a little modern juxtaposed in between. Great walk through this core area.  more »
  • We came to Louisville for the Bourbon trail and wanted to do something Sunday morning. No tours were available Sunday morning so we thought to try ad do our own. We download the GPS city walk. We drov...  more »

Plan your trip to Louisville

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Louisville

Old Town has a number of atmospheric hotels close to the city’s main attractions, while hotels in the Highlands neighborhood offer proximity to the city’s most unusual bars, restaurants, and stores. Louisville’s collection of bed and breakfasts, generally farther from town, are a great way to experience some warm Kentucky hospitality. To save some money and enjoy the city’s scenic surroundings on a vacation in Louisville, consider one of Louisville’s campgrounds. The Jefferson Memorial Forest is just 24 km (15 mi) south of downtown.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Louisville by other users

6 days in Louisville & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Kentucky BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Kentucky BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Kentucky BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Kentucky BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Louisville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, kids, popular PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Louisville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, kids, popular PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Louisville BY A USER FROM NORWAY August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Louisville & Mammoth Cave National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Kentucky BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Tennessee, Indiana & Kentucky BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Kentucky BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans