New Orleans’ Best Walking Tours of the French Quarter


The intricate architecture, sprawling cemeteries, and cobblestone streets of the French Quarter are steeped in history. Centuries-old buildings surround Jackson Square, just one of many famous landmarks in the neighborhood. Leisure strolls and bus tours skip all the finest details. Guided walking tours bring the spirits, stories, and food of New Orleans to life.

A Brief History of the New Orleans French Quarter Neighborhood

French settlers established the Vieux Carré in 1718, making it the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Worldwide travelers have strolled through the port city over the centuries, creating an eclectic culture and storied past. Tales of voodoo, vampires, ghosts, and pirates saturate the history of the French Quarter. The real essence of the neighborhood lives through those curious enough to dig deeper into its past.

The Best Paid Guided Walking Tours

The French Quarter neighborhood alone has thousands of tales to tell. Guided walking tours remove the overwhelming decisions from guests who want to learn about New Orleans’ history. Experienced tour guides know more about New Orleans’ past than most. By booking a tour with a professional, visitors experience iconic landmarks and the years of stories that accompany them.

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours’ French Quarter route takes guests to iconic sites within the neighborhood. The New Orleans French Quarter Tour guides guests through French Quarter residential areas and Jackson Square. At the end of the tour, guests will experience breathtaking views of the Mississippi River.

Friends of the Cabildo

Friends of the Cabildo offers daily walking tours of the French Quarter. Licensed guides walk guests through the neighborhood while explaining its history and folklore. Proceeds support the non-profit volunteer group of the Louisiana State Museum. Every ticket holder gets free admission to the 1850 House Museum.

NOLA Historic Tours

With NOLA Historic Tours, guests will pass by the most well-known buildings in the French Quarter. Stops include the St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, the Presbytere, and the Pontalba Buildings of Jackson Square.

The Best Free Self-Guided Walking Tours

Anyone can take a self-guided walking tour in New Orleans. The best ones come with pre-recorded commentary and a map of stops. Many companies offer fantastic self-guided walking tours of the French Quarter for free.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection is devoted to preserving the culture and history of the city. Everyone who visits the museum has access to the free mobile app, French Quarter Tours. The self-guided walking tours include literature and music samples to depict the intricate history of the French Quarter.

NOLA Tour Guy

NOLA Tour Guy is a free guided walking tour company in New Orleans. Its tours are so good people pay willingly, so the company runs on donations only. The French Quarter walking tour includes stops at several famous buildings, homes, and streets. The main attractions are Pirate’s Alley, Jackson Square, Royal Street, Bourbon Street, and the William Faulkner House.

Free Tours By Foot

Visitors can name their price, even free, with Free Tours By Foot. The French Quarter walking tour is available with a guide or with a GPS-enabled audio tour. Most of the tour guides are local experts on the restaurants, nightlife, and history of New Orleans. Free Tours By Foot also offers several virtual tours on its website.

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