New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour

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New Orleans, US
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New Orleans, US
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Embark on a captivating journey through the history of New Orleans with the New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour. This 2-hour tour takes you on a leisurely stroll through the French Quarter, led by a knowledgeable local guide. Discover the diverse architectural styles that define this neighborhood, from the enchanting French and Spanish designs to the modern Louisiana Supreme Court building. Explore iconic buildings like the Ursuline Convent and Madame John's Legacy, while learning about the architects and families who left their mark on this unique area. With a maximum group size of 14 people, this tour offers an intimate and personal experience. By the end of the tour, you'll have gained a deeper understanding of how history has shaped the buildings around us, inspiring you to rediscover the architectural wonders in your own hometown. Join this remarkable tour and unlock the secrets behind New Orleans' architectural treasures.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Discover the history of New Orleans
  • Explore the French and Spanish architecture
  • Learn about the 18th and 19th century architects
  • Visit iconic buildings like St. Louis Cathedral
  • Small group size for a personalized experience
  • Licensed, insured, local guide with an extensive knowledge of the area
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Experience the rich history and captivating architecture of New Orleans on the French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour. Immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of this iconic neighborhood as a knowledgeable local guide takes you on a 2-hour stroll through time. Discover the fascinating stories behind the diverse building styles that make up the French Quarter, paying special attention to the influences of French and Spanish architecture. From Creole Colonial buildings like the historic Ursuline Convent and Madame John's Legacy to the magnificent 20th Century Louisiana Supreme Court, every step of this tour will unveil a new layer of New Orleans' architectural heritage.

What to expect?

During this comprehensive walking tour, expect to be captivated by the architectural wonders that define the French Quarter. Delve into the heart of the city's history as your expert guide shares insights and anecdotes about the architects and families who shaped the neighborhood. You'll gain a deeper appreciation for the cultural influences that have shaped New Orleans' unique architectural identity. With a small group size limited to just 14 people, you can anticipate a more personal and intimate experience, allowing you to freely engage with your guide and ask questions.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and anyone eager to learn more about the captivating past of New Orleans. Whether you're a local looking to dive deeper into your city's heritage or a visitor seeking a truly immersive experience, this tour is designed to appeal to a wide range of interests. The French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour welcomes curious minds of all ages and backgrounds, ensuring that everyone can appreciate and enjoy the rich history and architectural splendor of this vibrant neighborhood.

Why book this?

Uncover the hidden gems and untold stories of the French Quarter's architectural wonders on this captivating walking tour. The unique selling point of this experience lies in the expertise and local knowledge of your guide. With their passion for the city's history, they will engage you with fascinating tales and insights that bring the buildings to life. Prepare to be awestruck by the beauty, sophistication, and diversity of the architectural styles on display. This tour goes beyond surface-level sightseeing, offering a deeper understanding of New Orleans' rich cultural heritage.

Good to know

Make the most of this tour by wearing comfortable shoes and dressing for the weather, as most of the exploration will be done on foot. The tour departs from a centrally located meeting point just off Jackson Square, conveniently accessible to all. Keep in mind that the total duration of the tour is approximately 120 minutes, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the history and architecture of the French Quarter. With an inclusive approach, this tour aims to cater to a diverse audience, ensuring that no one is excluded from discovering the wonders of New Orleans' architectural past.


Previous participants of the French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour have praised the detailed knowledge and captivating storytelling of the guides. Visitors have expressed their delight in the personalized experience and the opportunity to delve deeper into the history behind the buildings. Many reviewers have highlighted how the tour's educational aspect allowed them to appreciate the architecture in a whole new light. Overall, guests have left this tour with a profound understanding of how history has shaped the breathtaking buildings of New Orleans, ready to rediscover the architectural marvels of their own hometowns.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Your Itinerary

French Quarter

Our guide will give you a intro to New Orleans history to start your tour.

Jackson Square

The guide will discuss main buildings that line this park, including the Cathedral, Cabildo and Presbytere. The history of the Pontalba Buildings is discussed as well.

St. Louis Cathedral

Our guide will tell the story of this building from its humble beginnings as a wooden parish church to the incredible Cathedral you see before you.


Our guide will discuss the historical era, significance and building style of the Cabildo.

The Presbytere

The guide will share the history and current status of the Presbytere.

Chartres Street

Chartres Street stops include buildings with historic significance that span from our Spanish Era into the American Period.

Royal Street

Royal Street is another great strolling street full of shops and restaurants. On this street, our guests will learn more about how to identify different types of buildings.

New Orleans Architecture Tours

Guests should leave this tour with a better understanding of how our history shaped our buildings and take this knowledge back home with them to rediscover their own hometown buildings.



5 (190)


Our tour guide, Guy, came prepared with a binder. Inside the binder there were photos and historical information that tied directly to the history of the Quarter and of the architecture therein. Guy was very interesting the way he spoke about historical events and how he explained the architectural styles. I learned so much from him. This was the fourth walking tour I've done in New Orleans. I have to say this one was the most educational and fascinating of all. I think the reason it is so good is because of Guy himself. I know so many more things about New Orleans because of him. I look at the buildings differently now. Also, he told us about an antique store on Royal St. I never knew what was in the store or that it existed before Guy told us. After the tour, we visited the antique store/gallery. We had an amazing experience there, as well. Totally mind blowing. I highly recommend taking this tour with Guy.

Ilanit C

Caroline was amazing! So knowledgeable and gave us incredible insights into the French Quarter, its history and its architecture. We really enjoyed this tour - Thanks Caroline!


Excellent historical walking tour! We learned so many interesting facts and tidbits about NOLA history, architecture, geography, and people from our guide, Guy. Thank you.


Tour was informational and interesting. Tour guy was very knowledgeable of New Orleans’ architectural history.


Excellent tour! Guy was extremely knowledgeable, engaging and entertaining. He detailed New Orleans history and how that related to the architecture of the French Quarter. I would highly recommend this tour, and would suggest doing it early in your stay, as Guy also recommended museums and restaurants to check out while in town!


The architecture tour was fantastic! Lesley was a PHENOMENAL guide! So knowledgeable, kind, enthusiastic, and energetic! I felt like I was being guided by a true pro, and there was a New Orleans local in the group who agreed and stated how happy she was to learn so much new info about her hometown. I would recommend this tour to anyone and Lesley deserves a raise for being 5 stars and beyond!


This is a great tour. Guy our tour guide not only gave the history of the architecture of New Orleans which probably could be researched on your own but he added so much more with the beginnings of the city and the people who came here. This is a must see tour with Guy.


Great start to our New Orleans visit! Our guide, Guy, was personable and informative. He wove history, culture and architecture into a fascinating story of the origins of New Orleans from its first recorded days to the present.


Overall a good tour, focus a Lot on the history of the Town and not so much as i expected in architecture itself, but me and my friend had a great time learning about the city.. thanks carlos !


The guide was fantastic. Very passionate and knowledgeable. She was amazing what she knew and told it in a fun and light way.
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2024-05-29 21:45