Visiting Bardstown

Begin your trolley tour of historic downtown Bardstown at the Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center

Nestled in the heart of Historic Bardstown, the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center is just one of the enchanting attractions available in Kentucky’s second oldest city. Old Bardstown Village, Civil War Museum, the oldest stagecoach stop still in existence, the first Catholic Cathedral west of the Alleghenies, and the legendary My Old Kentucky Home. You’ll be swept away by Southern charm and hospitality.


Dating to 1780, Bardstown is Kentucky’s second oldest city. Since that time when log, brick and stone homes rose from the wilds of western Virginia, Bardstown has welcomed travelers from around the world. For more than 225 years our southern hospitality, fine restaurants in historic surroundings, and accommodations have made you feel right at home.

We’re strong in spirit — A Southern spirit that welcomes you home to one of The Best Small Towns in America. A religious spirit that’s appropriate for the home of the first diocese of the West. And a little spirit we call Bourbon.

Our eclectic shops, cultural and historical heritage blend beautifully with that spirit. We’re home to My Old Kentucky Home and The Stephen Foster Story, vintage trains, and museums dedicated to the Civil War, railroads and Bourbon.

Bardstown’s more than 30 annual events draw people from around the globe to sample the spirits, sounds and flavors that are quintessentially Bardstown. In fact, Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, of which Bardstown is the heart, was featured in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the New York Times bestseller by Patricia Schultz.

Come sample the spirits, sounds and flavors that are quintessentially Bardstown.