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New OrleansUnited States of America

An unhurried city with a distinct energy and community spirit, New Orleans has been charming generations of visitors with its hot jazz, relaxed locals, distinctive colonial architecture and delicious French flavour.

Called the Big Easy for a reason, New Orleans is a relaxed destination that welcomes out-of-towners as if they’d lived there all their lives.

Of course, it is impossible to ignore the fact that New Orleans was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but the community has been working hard to rebuild. Maybe it’s a Southern thing, but no resident of the Big Easy was prepared to let even a storm like that stop the good times rolling.

The unique character of New Orleans has its roots in the city’s history. Founded in 1718 by the then Regent of France, Phillippe d’Orleans, the city fell under Spanish control for decades before being returned to France. Finally, the city was sold to the United States in 1803. As you might expect, such an unusual past made the city popular with immigrants of all kinds, hence the wonderfully diverse blend of Creole, African American and French-speaking locals that populate the city today.

Known for its fabulously ornate Spanish colonial architecture and superbly rickety streetcar transport system, the French Quarter of the city is known throughout the world as a symbol of New Orleans’ electivity. Of course, the most famous part of the Quarter is Bourbon Street – famed for its bars and jazz clubs, it is in these places that the hottest jazz in the city can be found. Indeed, all the greats have played Bourbon Street, and you can’t really be considered great until you have.

The French Quarter isn’t all about jazz and drinking though. It is also the location of the famous Café du Monde, known for its delicious French style pastries and chicory coffee. New Orleans is also closely associated with voodoo. Whilst this unusual religion is mainly considered something of a tourist attraction, a few locals really do practise it – why not head to Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo on Bourbon Street to discover more for yourself?

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Where to stay in New Orleans

French Quarter featuring a city, heritage architecture and street scenes

French Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(151 area reviews)

Great live music a vibrant jazz scene and top sights from Bourbon Street to Jackson Square – discover French Quarter, a destination also famous for its historic sites.

French Quarter
Central Business District, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Central Business District

4/5Very Good!(98 area reviews)

Great live music great entertainment and top sights from Canal Street to Smoothie King Center – discover Central Business District, a destination also famous for its sports teams.

Central Business District
Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport, Louisiana, United States of America

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport

3/5(10 area reviews)

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Esplanade Mall or Lafreniere Park.

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport
Uptown Historic District, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Uptown Historic District

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and colourful gardens are top of the list for many visitors to Uptown Historic District. A stop by Magazine Street or Prytania Theatre might round out your trip.

Uptown Historic District
Garden District which includes a park, a house and flowers

Garden District

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Unique features of Garden District include the gardens and restaurants. Make a stop by Lafayette Cemetery or Magazine Street while you're exploring the area.

Garden District
Warehouse District, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Warehouse District

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

The ample dining options and fascinating museums are top of the list for many visitors to Warehouse District. A stop by National World War II Museum or BECA Gallery - Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art might round out your trip.

Warehouse District

Top hotels in New Orleans

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £119 per night

This family-friendly New Orleans hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Preservation Hall. Cafe Du Monde and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4,673 reviews)

"Considering we visited when the city was still in Phase 1 of their covid situation, the hotel was extremely accommodating and did everything they could to make it a pleasant stay. There was very limited staff but check in was seamless, our room was very clean (and cleaned well each day), and the ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 May 2020

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE
Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE
3.5 out of 5
301 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA
The price is £90 per night

Located in French Quarter, this hotel is steps away from Bourbon Street and Canal Street. Cafe Du Monde and Mercedes-Benz Superdome are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,605 reviews)

"I like the location of the hotel and staff was very helpful, but what I didn't like was the $44 dollars a day for parking"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE
Hyatt Centric French Quarter
Hyatt Centric French Quarter
4 out of 5
800 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is £120 per night

Located in French Quarter, this romantic hotel is steps away from Canal Street, Bourbon Street and Royal Street. Saenger Theatre and Decatur Street are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,237 reviews)

"Great location; hotel quiet in spite of being in the heart of the action; good value for money."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Hyatt Centric French Quarter

Popular places to visit in New Orleans

Canal Street
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Canal Street

4/5(122 reviews)

Start your exploration of New Orleans with the many attractions on this buzzing pedestrianized street, which is located right in the heart of the downtown area.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Mercedes-Benz Superdome

4/5(14 reviews)

Catch an event at Mercedes-Benz Superdome during your trip to New Orleans.Discover the top-notch restaurants and great live music in this walkable area.

Port of New Orleans
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Port of New Orleans

4/5(77 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in New Orleans with a trip to Port of New Orleans. Experience the renowned jazz scene and fascinating museums in this walkable area.

Cafe Du Monde
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Cafe Du Monde

4/5(95 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Cafe Du Monde, a favourite shopping spot in Vieux Carre District. Discover the top-notch restaurants and renowned jazz scene in this walkable area.

National World War II Museum
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National World War II Museum

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Personal accounts, films and artifacts provide a thorough and informative look at World War II.

Mardi Gras World
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Mardi Gras World

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Get an inside view into preparations for one of the world’s most famous annual festivals.

Top things to do in New Orleans

New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Expert Guide
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New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Expert Guide

84% of travellers recommend
£48
Per adult
New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour
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New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour

90% of travellers recommend
£12
Per adult
3-Hour New Orleans City Tour
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3-Hour New Orleans City Tour

88% of travellers recommend
£21
Per adult
Manchac Swamp & Laura or Oak Alley Plantation Combo Tour
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Manchac Swamp & Laura or Oak Alley Plantation Combo Tour

92% of travellers recommend
£86
Per adult
New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, Vampire, and French Quarter Tour
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New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, Vampire, and French Quarter Tour

86% of travellers recommend
£20
Per adult
Garden District Tour
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Garden District Tour

96% of travellers recommend
£16
Per adult

Reviews of New Orleans

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
133
5 - Excellent 64.5631067961165%
4 - Good
65
4 - Good 31.553398058252426%
3 - Okay
4
3 - Okay 1.941747572815534%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 1.4563106796116505%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.4854368932038835%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

Everything I thought it would be and more! I think highlight of the trip was Frenchmen St. Make sure to go!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jan 2020

Full of life, character (s) and history. Beautiful French Quarter and Garden District.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Dec 2019

New Orleans is a wonderful place. There are lots of things to see and do and there’s always bourbon street, I highly recommend Frenchman’s though, more civilised.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Dec 2019

Only be very careful booking a hotel which looks so attractive. Our holiday was spoilt by the accommodation at St.Pierre Hotel which didn't even have a bar. Never ever go there again. Awful apart from staff.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Nov 2019

Take your time to see as much as possible. Get out of the French Quarter to see the wider opportunities the. City has to offer.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

Great vibe, especially near Halloween!

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