Lafayette Cemetery No.1, New Orleans

Nestled in the old Garden District, Lafayette Cemetery No.1 features ornate aboveground tombs. In the 1800s, bodies would often be left at the gate for the cemetery staff to care for. As you wander the property, you'll find unusual causes of death carved onto some stones. You'll also see society tombs here, among which is the YMCA tomb. Site tours are available; contact an established tour company for a guided tour. Add Lafayette Cemetery No.1 and other attractions to your New Orleans trip itinerary using our New Orleans day trip planning tool .
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  • A little out of the way from the hop on hop off bus stop, but we were glad we went. Self guided, no rush and free!!! Right across the street from a famous NOLA restaurant Commanders Palace.  more »
  • Part of our free walking tour took in the Lafayette cemetary. One of the oldest cemeteries in Louisiana. All graves are above ground and home to some of Louisiana's oldest families. It is easy to navi...  more »
  • Above ground morsoleums. Due to the high water table all the cemetarys have above gound structures and often it is with all the generations of families or even group with similar professions, such as ...  more »
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  • Really cool place. This was our first cemetery stop in New Orleans, so I’m not sure how it compares to the others. This one is free and open to the public, unlike Saint Louis no.1 which requires you to go in with a tour group. We walked around the area on our own and showed up at 2:30-ish right as a tour guide was getting ready to start, so we jumped in with her for the 30-min tour. Was Informative and engaging, though I was sad she only took us through half the cemetery. Don’t wait until closing time! Get there earlier so you can roam the place after catching a tour.
  • Beautiful and ancient, really wish the city took better care. It's free and you can wander around in there as long as you please. We rode the street car and walked up a few blocks to get here, a nice walk where you can see some of the beautiful garden district houses. Check the hours before going.
  • Beautiful architecture. Quite reminds me of Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina (where I come from) Could take some beautiful pictures. It has a lot of historical value, and impressive structures. Definitely recommend paying this place a visit!
  • Unique experience to stroll quietly and respectfully among the 7,000 deceased in the heart of the Garden District. The cemetery is surrounded by massive 100yr old Magnolia trees and is likely the most interesting cemetery you'll visit in the city.
  • Awesome FREE cemetery you can visit! It's in a really nice neighboorhood and you can walk around the whole cemetery. Tour guides here work for tips.

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