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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  • Love this place. A bit worn but I view it as an archaeological site with interesting architecture. Lots of people when we went so it felt quite safe walking around.  more »
  • Out looking for a place for grandkids to trick or treat in the Garden District and found this cemetery. Very interesting and old (1850).  more »
  • It doesn't take long to go through here. We went alone but hearing a small amount from a tour guide made me wish we went with one. There is a lot packed in this place.  more »
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  • Easy to get to. Parking was easily accessible on any other side streets. Truly as unique experience walking through this historic site. Tour guides set up next to the entrance or in the shade around the square.
  • One of my favorite cemeteries in New Orleans. You have the option of either a self-guided tour or a guided tour (tour guides usually set up right outside of the gate for those who just wander by). It is easily accessible, and easy to explore the entire grounds. Although it is fairly small, it's easy to feel as if you've left the city of the living altogether, and have instead found existence in a city created entirely for the dead. Closes earlier on weekends (3 instead of 4), unless you're on a guided tour.
  • Wonderful cemetery; rich with history and located in New Orleans gorgeous garden district. Bring cash, sometimes there are tour guides standing outside, just incase you want extra information you can take a hour tour.
  • Interesting old cemetery for exploring New Orleans history. It is easily accessible, and you can finish with a stroll through the famous Garden District homes on First, Second and Third streets.
  • The Lafayette Cemetery is a cool place to visit while in New Orleans. The above ground tombs are fascinating to look at. Many of them have been fixed up over the years. No cost to visiting this place. Doesn't take too long to walk about... Thirty minutes max.

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