Barn and Backside Tour

Daily, April 1 - November 30

Guests must be at least 10 years old

Did you know there’s a vibrant community of horses and horsemen who live and work on the Backside of Churchill Downs? (Yes, there’s even a church onsite!) In this guided van tour, you’ll ride among the signature green-roofed barns that are home to 1,400 horses during the racing and training season. In addition to the horses, you’ll also see some of the hundreds of people who live and work on the Backside as they care for and train the world-class Thoroughbreds. You never know who you may see on the Backside – a legendary Derby trainer or even next year’s Triple Crown winner! Bring your camera for panoramic views of the racetrack, Grandstand, and the historic Twin Spires™.

The Barn and Backside Tour is a great tour for horse lovers, but please note that guests will not be able to touch the horses.

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Barn and Backside Tour Times


  • Monday - Saturday
    • 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m. (Thoroughbred workout hours)
    • 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday
    • 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
  • All times are in Eastern Daylight Time


Barn and Backside Tour Details

  • 1 hour

  • Prices start at $50
  • Maximum of 8 guests on tour vehicle. One (1) ticket required per person.

  • Guests must be at least 10 years old

  • Minimal walking, however the tour includes getting in and out of a passenger van and a few stairs

  • Includes General Admission to Museum and a viewing of our epic 360°  film, “The Greatest Race”

Please note: Exciting construction projects are underway at Churchill Downs! For the safety of guests, tours may be re-routed at times.

Important Information for Your Tour

Second visit was just as great!

Visited on a Sunday morning in March. Took the Barn and Backside tour with Ferguson. He was OUTSTANDING! He was engaging and friendly and very knowledgeable about the horses, the track and the entire property… The movie is powerful-you understand the commitment the trainers devote to these beautiful animals. Highly recommend a visit!

— Lori S., Tripadvisor
March, 2021

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