Welcome to Downtown Bardstown, KY

Bourbon Capital of the World

"Bourbon Capital of the World"

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A little about Bardstown

Welcome to Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World. Learn more about the spirit, cultural and historical heritage that make us one of the Most Beautiful Small Town in America. Come Sample our Spirit.

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The history of Bardstown

First settled by European Americans in 1780, Bardstown is the second oldest city in Kentucky. Named county seat of the newly created Nelson County, Virginia (now Kentucky) in 1784, the town was formally established in 1788. It was incorporated by the state assembly in 1838. The Bardstown cathedral is the Basilica of Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral. In 1841 the seat of the Diocese was transferred to the nearby larger river town and port of Louisville on the south bank of the Ohio River. Bardstown also has a Roman Catholic parochial high school, Bethlehem High School.

Contact Information

1 Court Sq
Bardstown, Kentucky

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Businesses in Bardstown, Kentucky

Here is a collection of downtown Bardstown, Kentucky businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Bardstown Art Gallery


The oldest private art gallery in Kentucky


Gartland's Art Sales


Specializing Prints,Mirrors,Gifts,and Shadow Boxes


My Old Kentucky Dinner Train


Two beautifully restored 1940's vintage dining cars


White Oak Salon & Spa

Health / Wellness

Aveda Concept Salon & Spa


Marshall's Jewelers


Handcrafted since 1946


Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast


10 spirit-themed B&B guestrooms


Maple Hill Manor


A Kentucky Landmark Bed & Breakfast


Cafe Primo


Cozy Italian Restaurant


Kreso's Restaurant


Family-owned European eatery


Kurtz Restaurant


Three generations continue to prepare Southern cuisine


Mammy's Kitchen


Family owned and operated


At Mary's Art and Antiques


Antiques,art,gifts,and home decor


Bardstown Antique Gallery


A fantastic, well kept antique store.


Bourbon Country Soaps


The finest handmade soaps possible


Shaq and CoCo


Quality and luxury furniture and home decor


Simply B Boutique


A stylish classics women's boutique


The Bug's Ear


Jjewelry, handbags, baby or wedding gifts and accessories,


Forest Edge Winery

Winery / Brewery

This charming winery creates delicious wine.


Kentucky Bourbon University

Winery / Brewery

Explore Bourbon history, distilling, and taste profiles.


Makers Mark Distillery

Winery / Brewery

Come see the secrets about Maker's Mark