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St. Louis Cathedral Tours

A prominent landmark on Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral (officially the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France) stands tall and proud, beckoning French Quarter visitors to take a little time out from drinking and dancing to admire the oldest continuously used cathedral in the United States. The seat of the city's Roman Catholic Archdiocese, the cathedral was built in 1789 and rebuilt in 1850, and today, its all-white, Spanish Colonial façade with three black spires is one of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in the South. The inside is just as beautiful.

The Basics
As one of New Orleans' most famous landmarks, St. Louis Cathedral deserves a spot on every visitor's itinerary. Nearly all sightseeing tours in the city include a stop here, whether a basic walking tour or a quirkier supernatural, romantic, or "drunk history" themed tour. Thanks to the cathedral's central location, it's also easy to visit on your own when mass isn't in session; volunteer docents sometimes lead tours, and brochures for self-guided tours are available at the entrance for a small donation.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • St. Louis Cathedral is a perfect spontaneous stop on a stroll through the French Quarter.
  • Mass takes place daily at 12:05pm.
  • The cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
  • Expect a full house for mass on Catholic holidays such as Easter and Christmas.

How to Get to St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral is located just across Chartres Street from Jackson Square, so it's easy to get to on foot from just about anywhere in the French Quarter. Parking in the area can be difficult to find, so travelers coming from further afield should consider taking a tour that includes hotel pickup and dropoff, catching a taxi or rideshare, or riding a streetcar to Jackson Square on the Riverfront Line.

When to Get There
While the cathedral is open daily, it closes in mid-afternoon, so it’s best to plan your visit for earlier in the day, either before or after midday mass. Those planning to attend mass on a significant holiday, such as Easter or Christmas, should try to arrive well before the service starts, as seats often fill up quickly.

Visiting the Old Ursuline Convent
Travelers planning a visit to St. Louis Cathedral should also set aside some time for a stop at the nearby Old Ursuline Convent, also located on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. The oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, the convent was built in the 1750s and today houses a museum within its French Colonial facade.

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French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride with Optional Cemetery Tour, New Orleans, null
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French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride with Optional Cemetery Tour

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This mule-drawn carriage tour is as iconic to New Orleans as a steamboat ride or a plate of beignets! If you are looking for a fantastic way to explore the ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00
New Orleans Drunk History Tour, New Orleans, Horse Carriage Rides
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New Orleans Drunk History Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

Drink your way through one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States. This tour group discovers the rich culture and vibe of New Orleans’ most decadent ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 1 to 2 hrs

From USD $25.00
New Orleans Vampire Tour, New Orleans, Historical & Heritage Tours
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New Orleans Vampire Tour

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Visit the dark and mysterious world of the undead on this popular New Orleans vampire tour. Walk with your theatrical guide through the French Quarter and hear ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.99
New Orleans French Quarter and Cemetery Walking Tour, New Orleans, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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New Orleans French Quarter and Cemetery Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

One of the best things to do in New Orleans! This tour is a unique journey through the streets of the French Quarter to the oldest cemetery in operation in New ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
New Orleans Historical and Haunted Walking Tour, New Orleans, City Tours
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New Orleans Historical and Haunted Walking Tour

This tour lets you exercise your legs while taking in beautiful views of the French Quarter. Experience the sights, sounds, and culture of New Orleans on this ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 1 to 2 hrs

From USD $22.50
Spirits of the French Quarter A Halloween Special Event Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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Spirits of the French Quarter A Halloween Special Event Tour

Experience the haunted side of New Orleans with this 2-hour Halloween tour of the Spirits of the French Quarter. Walk through the most haunted city in the ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
New Orleans Cemetery and Supernatural Tour, New Orleans, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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New Orleans Cemetery and Supernatural Tour

Explore the stories that inspired the 'American Horror Story: Coven' series and Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' with this 2-hour cemetery and supernatural ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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The Drunken Telling of New Orleans Tales, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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The Drunken Telling of New Orleans Tales

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In a city full of drinkers, some of the finest drinkers gather for this tour to tell some of their finest drinking stories. It’s like Drunk History only better ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 1 to 2 hrs

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Unsolved Mysteries of New Orleans, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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Unsolved Mysteries of New Orleans

Stroll back in time and discover the mysterious beginnings of New Orleans during a 2-hour walking tour.  Guests will head down dark alleys and shadowy streets ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 1 to 2 hrs

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Private French Quarter Walking Tour, New Orleans, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Private French Quarter Walking Tour

On the French Quarter Walking Tour, soak in the history, architecture, and culture of America’s most foreign city. All groups are capped at 6 people, and all ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $225.00

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