Top 10 Things to Do in Bardstown, Kentucky

  1. Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Visit Bardstown during the second week of September to experience the Festival that draws people to our quaint little town in celebration of Bourbon. There’s truly something for everyone at the Festival, and it’s an experience you simply don’t want to miss.


  1. Distillery Tours

Experience the Bourbon Capital of the World® for the very thing it’s known for, Bourbon, and book some distillery tours. Distilleries that are available to tour in Bardstown or surrounding counties include: Barton, Heaven Hill, Willett, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Four Roses Warehouse & Bottling Facility, Limestone Branch, and Lux Row.


  1. Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History

Step into Historic Spalding Hall to peruse the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. The museum has been newly renovated, and it doesn’t disappoint. A wide range of Bourbon bottles from past and present can be found, and the current exhibit follows the story of Prohibition and houses items donated by the Frazier museum in Louisville.


  1. Main Street/Downtown

You’ll definitely want to check out Bardstown Mainstreet for all your shopping needs. There’s shopping for the whole family. The Bourbon connoisseur of the family will definitely want to shop at the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace, and of course, the rest of the downtown shops are more than worth checking out, plus they are all locally owned and operated.


  1. My Old Kentucky Home

There’s more to Bardstown than bourbon. My Old Kentucky Home, named for the state song written by Stephen Foster, is a 19th Century, Federal style mansion originally owned by the Rowan family. While there you’ll be able to tour the house and the grounds, and your tour guide performs the song for which the house is named.


  1. Talbott Tavern

The Talbott Tavern is one of the oldest buildings in Bardstown, dating back to 1779. The Tavern has served many purposes over the years, a stagecoach stop used to offer travelers a hospitable place to stay. Today, the Tavern serves as a Bed & Breakfast, restaurant, and Bourbon Bar.


  1. Jailer’s Inn

Located next to the Talbott Tavern, the Jailer’s Inn served as the Old Nelson County Jail from 1797 until 1987. It was the oldest operating jail complex in the state of Kentucky, but today it serves as a Bed & Breakfast. Tours of the jail are offered daily, and there’s a stock and pillory out front that make for a great photo op.


  1. My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

The Dinner Train seating fills up quickly because who wouldn’t want to eat a delicious four-course meal while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Central Kentucky countryside. In addition to the normal experience, they are offering a special excursion on select dates that includes a Bourbon tasting hosted by a master distiller and a souvenir rocks glass.  


  1. Around the Town Carriage

Looking for a change of pace? These horse-drawn carriage rides and guided tours offer a unique way to see Historic Bardstown. Around the Town Carriage offers many different carriage styles, and are accommodating to most group sizes.


  1. Museum Row

If you’re interested in the Civil War, Museum Row is the place to go. Here you’ll find the Civil War Museum, Historic Bardstown Village, Museum of MidAmerica, and Women of the Civil War Museum. Together, these Museums are the largest and most complete museums in America that are devoted to the Western Theater of the American Civil War.


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