St. Louis #1 Cemetery Walking Tour
One square block, 700 tombs, over 100,000 dead!
Founded in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Louis #1 is New Orleans’ oldest active City of the Dead. Ornate, crumbling, and entrancing, St. Louis #1 is eerily beautiful, even in the daytime. This New Orleans cemetery is the final resting place of the notorious Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau as well as many other colorful New Orleanians. Venture inside the vault lined walls of this historic New Orleans cemetery with your French Quarter Phantoms master story teller / local historian and visit the New Orleans Musicians’ Tomb and the future tomb of Nicholas Cage.
The Most Haunted Cemeteries in New Orleans
St Louis #1 Cemetery is the oldest active New Orleans cemetery and the most haunted Cemetery in Louisiana! In one city block, you’ll find over 700 tombs, and over 100,000 dead! Join us on this fun, daytime cemetery walking tour and enjoy the history behind the unique burial customs that make this possible. We love New Orleans history and are eager to share it with you. Oh, the tales we can tell you!
New Orleans Cemeteries are only available to you, only as part of an approved Tour group. The public is not allowed access to St Louis #1 Cemetery unless accompanied by an Archdiocese approved tour guide. The fascinating history inside a New Orleans cemetery that your guide has to share with you is worth the ticket price. Start to finish, this very interesting storytelling based cemetery walking tour is about two hours long with a total walking distance of right at one mile! The online cost of this tour inside New Orleans oldest active cemetery is $17 - the insight into why we do what we do and ability to get the whole story and have your questions answered - is truly priceless! Don't wander and wonder, Join Us on our walking tour of St. Louis #1 Cemetery! Tours begin at 11am and 1pm Monday through Saturday and at 10am and 1pm on Sundays.
And trust us, these are great times to go. Tours begin from The Voodoo Lounge, 718 N Rampart Street, just 3 blocks from the Cemetery. Check-in at our ticket office inside The Voodoo Lounge and join us for the most interesting New Orleans cemetery tour! We start you off with some great New Orleans history and French Quarter history, then take you inside St. Louis Cemetery #1 for an adventure into New Orleans Voodoo history, burial customs, and more! Our groups are smaller, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and find out what you really want to know. Be sure to bring your camera!
Tickets for children 7 and younger on this tour are $1 each. We pass this fee along in full to the Archdiocese of New Orleans to be used for the preservation of our cemeteries. Thank you.
Internet Special - Only $17.00!
Receive our two-for-one Hurricane Drink Special at the bar with your ticket!
Cemetery Tour TESTIMONIALS
“We made the right choice!”
Chose to go with F Q Phantoms after reading the reviews. We made the right choice! We were lucky enough to have Luke as our guide. He was very informative about the history of NO on the walk to the the cemetery; was very entertaining and we learned a lot from him about the cemetery and the customs and traditions of NO. Definitely recommend them!
Evian was our leader and she was great. Made it very funny, my young daughter was even entertained. She knew her stuff and it the tour lasted an appropriate amount of time. Not too long or too short. Great time. We toured St Louis #1.
We loved loved this tour! We did the Cemetery tour with tour guide Lena. It was such a good and thorough tour, and learned a lot more about New Orleans then I had known before. It's worth every penny!
“Best Cemetery Tour in New Orleans!”
We really enjoyed this day time tour of St. Louis Cemetary #1. Our Tour Guide was excellent!! This guy gave us what we were looking for - a lot of history about New Orleans and the oldest cemetery in it. He was exceptionally knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans & very detailed with his tour in the cemetery. We got to see all the most important graves in the cemetery such as Marie Laveau, Delphine LaLaurie and even Nicolas Cage's pyramid tomb he built after he bought out 2 family plots (know that thanks to our guide). This was a really, really good tour. Meets at the Voodoo Lounge which is just a couple of blocks from the cemetery. We highly recommend this tour. If you want to see St. Louis Cemetery #1(which you definitely do) you need to go in with a licensed tour guide. Let this tour be the one!
“A "must do" to appreciate the history of New Orleans”
Miss Angela has a very deep level of knowledge about New Orleans and the St. Louis Cemetery #1. I have walked through the cemetery years ago, when it was legal, but I didn't have the historical references. This tour really fills in the gaps. This was the most interesting and fact filled tour I have been on in New Orleans. The price is well worth the tour.
“St Louis Cemetery #1 - Excellent!”
Had a great tour with Dillon! It was very interesting and gave a lot of info and special facts. Dillon has great energy and a witty sense of humor. Really enjoyed and would recommend. And we typically do do tours as the are long and drawn out. Time went by quickly.
“Time well spent”
I took the Cemetery Walking Tour with this company and had a great time. The tour is of the St. Louis #1 Cemetery, which is the oldest in the city. The only way to get in is via a tour group. Our tour guide Lena was excellent. The tour not only provides excellent information about the cemetery itself and cemeteries in New Orleans but about the city itself. It takes about two hours and was definitely time well spent. Would highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in cemeteries and/or the history of New Orleans.
I took the French Quarter Phantoms tour for the St. Louis #1 Cemetery. You cannot enter without a tour guide anymore based on previous problems with vandalism. This tour was really fun, included good historical information, and interesting facts. At the end a few of us asked the guide some questions about a few other spots. Even though the tour was over he spent an extra 10 minutes to show us those locations/graves in the cemetery. Thanks so much!