What to do and see in Bardstown, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 31, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Bardstown is a home rule-class city in Nelson County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was recorded as 11,700 by the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Nelson County. It is named for the pioneering Bard brothers. David Bard obtained a 1,000 acres (400 ha) land grant in 1785 in what was then Jefferson County, Virginia, from Governor Patrick Henry. William Bard surveyed and platted the town. It was originally chartered as Baird's Town in 1788, and has also been known as Beardstown, and Beards Town.
Restaurants in Bardstown

1. Barton 1792 Distillery

501 Cathedral Manor, Bardstown, KY 40004 +1 502-331-4879
Excellent
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4.5 based on 415 reviews

Barton 1792 Distillery

Reviewed By Vijeta V

It was a rainy Saturday afternoon. On a way home going through Kentucky decided to visit one distillery. Just random stopped here. Small group left opportunity to ask questions. Very knowledgeable and fun our guide Amanda, she just made our day warmer. Product tasting was excellent, nice gift shop. Highly recommend.

2. Willett Distilling Company

1869 Loretto Rd, Bardstown, KY 40004-2200 +1 502-348-0899
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4.5 based on 525 reviews

Willett Distilling Company

Tradition: In 1936 Thompson Willett founded The Willett Distilling Company. Today, the Willett tradition continues. Visitor Center Hours Monday thru Saturday – 9:30 till 5:30 Sunday – 12:00 till 4:30 (April – October) Tour Times Monday thru Saturday – 10:00am – 4:00pm, on the hour Sunday – 12:30; 1:30; 2:30; 3:30 (April – October)

Reviewed By DCWBourbon - Farmington Hills, Michigan

This was my third visit to the Willett distillery. I have visited all of the major distilleries and several of the craft distilleries in Kentucky. I chose to take someone who had never toured a bourbon distillery to Willett because it is family owned and the tour is friendly and not overly commercial. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered every question he was asked. Willett has multiple products to sample and also has in my opinion the most unique bottle available with their Pot Still Reserve bourbon.

3. Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History

114 N 5th St, in Bardstown Kentucky, not, Loretto, KY 40004-1449 +1 502-348-2999
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History

This museum traces the history of the American Whiskey Industry dating from pre-Colonial days through the 1960s.

Reviewed By AnnArborMHT - Genoa, Italy

The Oscar Getz Museum is in Bardstown, Ky not in Loretto as currently listed by TA. This is a wonderful, small museum housed in an old Civil War hospital, all about the history of bourbon, bourbon makers, lots of memorabilia, a huge collection of bottles and some very unusual and rare artifacts. Its FREE with a small donation recommended. The day I visited there was a very helpful and informative volunteer who showed me around and pointed out some of the more unusual items. Very easy to spend 45 minutes here; enjoyable! I stayed dead downtown Bardstown and Oscar Getz Museum is an easy 7 minute walk from the Jailer's Inn. Its open 10-5pm Tuesday to Saturdays and is well worth a visit back in time.

4. Kentucky Wine Tours

Danville, KY 40422
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5 based on 93 reviews

Kentucky Wine Tours

Wine Tours, Bourbon Tours, Private tours, We specialize in Bachelor and Bachelorette parties, Girls Day out, Family get togethers all in Kentucky in a comfortable 13 passenger tour bus. We can reccomend places to stay and eat as well as set up your whole itinerary. Check out our website for more info.

Reviewed By kitpollard - Baltimore, Maryland

Gary, his wife Robbie and granddaughter Aubrey are fantastic tour guides - fun, funny, knowledgeable and nice. I was in Kentucky with a small group for a friend's 40th birthday. They took us to several distilleries - a really interesting and unexpected combination of places. It was a great day all around!

5. Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum

310 E Broadway St, Bardstown, KY 40004-1566 +1 502-349-0291
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4.5 based on 220 reviews

Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum

Reviewed By Gimletman - Louisville, Kentucky

The Civil War Museum in Museum row in Bardstown KY has some quality Museums related to Bardstown and central Kentucky region. The Civil War Museum dealing primarily with the western theater of the Civil War has great exhibits and history that is well told and displayed.

6. McIntyre's Winery & Berries

531 McIntyre Ln, Bardstown, KY 40004-7904 +1 502-507-3264
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

McIntyre's Winery & Berries

Reviewed By RhondaFL - Ocala, FL

This was my second visit to this quaint family owned winery. The biggest reason for making this a must whenever I visit Kentucky is their fruit wines. If you are looking for a different taste from grape wines or not a fan of wines, you...MoreThanks so much for stopping in !! Thanks also for taking your time for your review. Tommy

7. Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral

310 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-1421 +1 502-348-3126
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral

Reviewed By cinci2 - Cincinnati, Ohio

We attended this church for Mass while staying at a nearby hotel. We got the Mass time wrong, and were there very early, so a parishioner we encountered in the parking lot suggested we go into the air conditioned church and listen to the choir as they rehearsed. We opted to sit in the shade on the steps and while there, we were greeted by another parishioner who greeted us, asked us where we were from, and chatted with us for a bit. After that, a retired priest came out to greet people coming in for Mass and he also inquired where we were from and stood there to chat with us for a while. After all of these pleasant encounters we were ready to celebrate with this welcoming community in a very beautiful space.

8. Spalding Hall

114 N 5th St, Bardstown, KY 40004-1449 +1 800-638-4877
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Spalding Hall

Reviewed By addspice0609 - Saint Louis, Missouri

It's free. A wonderful collection of vintage bourbon bottles from Mr. Goetz, for all to see. Bourbon goes back many years, and it's great someone is willing to share their collection for all to enjoy. If you've got an hour or two, it's definitely worth finding.

9. Fine Arts Bardstown Society

90 Court Sq, Bardstown, KY 40004-1582 +1 502-348-0044
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Fine Arts Bardstown Society

Since 2005, the Fine Arts Bardstown Society, also known as FABS, has been fostering creativity and encouraging local artists who have joined our ranks. Our artists represent a variety of disciplines including: paintings & drawings, photography, fiber arts, wearable art, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, stained glass, sculpture

Reviewed By Debra-Lynne T - Los Angeles, California

My husband and I collect art and we were so pleased to discover the gallery on the square. They sell the works of over 30 Kentucky artists and craftsmen, including paintings, woodwork and jewelry. We fell in love with a watercolor that depicts a split painting of the Kentucky Derby and a woman spectator. The packaging was excellent and our painting arrived in California in perfect condition. Even if you think that it would be unlikely for you to purchase art, it is definitely worth a stop to see some unique and beautiful pieces.

10. The Primitive Crow Antiques

114 E Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-1512 +1 502-439-2710
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4 based on 23 reviews

The Primitive Crow Antiques

Hey Ya'll! Come on in and take a step back in time! We are loaded down with lovely Primitives and Vintage items! It kind of reminds you of grandma's house. From all the wonderful smells of baked apple pies (our candles) to the fabulous old time music playing in the background as you shop! It's just a fun shop... You will LOVE IT!

Reviewed By Gary M - Sevierville, Tennessee

Title pretty much says it all. Not much here that is interesting and what is there is ridiculously overpriced! Waste of time.I'm sorry you couldn't find a treasure with us! I strive to have a unique shop as well as customer service! Please give us another try sometime!

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