The Best Things to Do in Bardstown, KY

The Best Things to Do in Bardstown, KY

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Bardstown, Kentucky is the quintessential small town that just so happens to be the Bourbon Capital of the World.

The second-oldest city in Kentucky, Bardstown was settled wayyy back in 1780 and is home to over 300 buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places. So you can bet there is lots of charm and plenty of fun things to do in Bardstown, Kentucky!

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Relish in every moment of your two-and-a-half-hour excursion complete with a seasonally rotated, four-course gourmet dinner prepared fresh on board the train.

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

Folks come from all over the country to experience the magic of the “Kentucky hug”, AKA that good, warm burn you get while sipping bourbon


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The Abbey of Gethsemani, located close to Bardstown in Trappist, KY, is a functioning monastery, but what a lot of people don’t know is that there are 1,500 acres of forests, meadows, lakes, and knobs to explore.

Hike At Gethsemani

Hosted in the trademarked bourbon capital of the world every September, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival is a 3-day event that ​​not only celebrates bourbon, but also the experts and the community that are obsessed with wooden-barreled spirit.

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

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Once the grounds of the Old Nelson County Jail, the building housed prisoner’s from 1797 until 1987. This converted inn features several sensibly-decorated suites with all the amenities of a traditional bed and breakfast.

The Jailer’s Inn

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