• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: Flexible
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Discover the grandeur and complex history of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this guided tour of Houmas House Plantation. Experience the authenticity of place as costumed guides narrate the history of this landmark sugar plantation, leading through the mansion’s elegant rooms before you head off for a private stroll through the estate’s stunning gardens.


  • Entrance ticket and guided tour at historic Houmas House mansion
  • Have time to explore the extensive gardens on a 38-acre estate on a self-guided tour
  • Every room of the 16-room mansion is accessible and allows photography. Elevator in mansion allows all visitors to access second floor
  • See the room where Bette Davis stayed in 1963 when she was filming at the plantation
  • Explore the extensive gift shop complete with antiques, local art, large book section, and one-of-a-kind items
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner available in one of three restaurants. It is suggested to call ahead or check the website for restaurant hours and menus.

What You Can Expect

Houmas House Plantation Tour

Mansion Dining Room

If round-trip transportation option selected, your journey back in time begins with pickup at the New Orleans Marriott in the French Quarter. Climb aboard the climate‐controlled coach and grab a comfortable seat for the 1‐hour ride to Houmas House Plantation, dubbed ‘The Sugar Palace’ due to its contribution to the sugar boom of the late 1800s, when more than 20 million pounds of sugar were produced here annually. 

You are invited to use your 1.5 hours at the estate however you’d like. House tours are designated at appointed times, at which point you’ll meet your costumed guide at the mansion’s entrance. On the 1‐hour tour, immerse yourself in the story and splendor of the old South as your guide leads you through lavish and traditionally decorated rooms, speckled with artwork and antiques. Hear the architectural history of the home, a stronghold plantation estate, and see the room where Bette Davis stayed while filming the 1963 movie Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte

Spend your time before and after the house tour exploring the magnificent 38‐acre (15‐hectare) estate. Leisurely wind along manicure paths and through the exquisite gardens, find a quaint sitting nook for a rest, or head to one of the estate’s restaurants or café for a locally inspired lunch – and maybe a mint julep!

Your plantation tour ends with a drop‐off at your departure point in mid‐afternoon, if transportation option selected.

Customer Reviews

Lynn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour! Would highly recommend, our tour guide Susan was very informative. We had lunch at the restaurant which was quite enjoyable.

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This trip via Old South Tours was one of the favourite parts of our recent stay in New Orleans. Keith our driver was gentile. The trip was well organized as we received a day before call about a pick up change due to Mardi Gras. The house tour was excellent. The garden self tour beautiful and the buffet at their cafe was the best food that I had during our three day NOLA stay. Lauren was a great server and the atmosphere and service throughout the cafe first rate. Their mint juleps were excellent and a perfect way to end the day in this stunning antebellum planter's home. We are Bette Davis fans and loved the connection and stories surrounding her stay there.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This tour was fantastic. The initial selling point for me was that transportation was provided from New Orleans. However, after we got there, the grounds, the tour guide, Liz, and the restaurant were simply excellent. I honestly believe this tour offers a good representation of plantation life. The absence of evidence of slave residence is regrettable, but that cannot be helped. Southern history is more complicated that most folks want to admit. I would take this tour again in a heartbeat.

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is well worth the ride up to this beautiful and famous plantation home.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017


Helga D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

tour guide was very knowledgeable thereby adding to the interest of the tour. well worth seeing.

Klaus Dieter C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What a great Plantation. Fantastic House and Grounds. Excellent Tour Guide in the house. Very knowledable, informnative and in period costume.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Incredible place. Just wish I had had more time. Best to arrive with your own car...if possible. Thank you Anna, the guide in the house, you were super informative and entertaining!

Gary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was terrific. Great guides and driver.
Quality tour.
One challenge while checking in...the cashier wanted to charge me again for the tour. She didn't understand the 'voucher' meant I had a paid tour.

Anne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Beautiful tour. The house is great and the gardens are spectacular.

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