Ultimate Churchill Downs Tour

Monday through Saturday

Get ready to embark on the most comprehensive tour that the Kentucky Derby Museum has to offer! The Ultimate Churchill Downs Tour guides you through the fabled history, pageantry, and legacy of the Kentucky Derby. You’ll visit some of the most exclusive dining and event spaces at Churchill Downs including Millionaire’s Row, the Stakes Room, and the Turf Club*. Step onto the balconies overlooking the racetrack for incredible views of the Louisville skyline and the iconic Twin Spires™. Then you’ll get an intimate view of Thoroughbreds training for upcoming races from vantage points railside in the Grandstand and on the Backside of the track. Travel through the Infield tunnels to ride between the green-roofed barns of the Backside where legendary Derby winners have been stabled during the season’s racing meets. This vibrant community on “the other side” of the track will be teeming with action and excitement as you see how horses are trained and cared for by teams of skilled horsemen. Finish your tour by returning to the Museum to explore the exhibits and enjoy our immersive 360° film, “The Greatest Race."

*Areas are subject to change based on availability.

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Ultimate Churchill Downs Tour Times

  • Daily during the racing and training season
    8:00 a.m.
  • All times are in Eastern Daylight Time

Ultimate Churchill Downs Tour Details

  • 3.5 hours

  • $150 per person

  • Maximum 6 guests

  • Guests must be at least 10 years old

  • While guests will be transported via golf cart for portions of this tour, please note there is also significant walking, including stairs

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

Please note: Due to construction projects at Churchill Downs, the Ultimate Churchill Downs Tour is not currently wheelchair accessible. If you have any accessibility concerns, please contact the Kentucky Derby Museum Visitor Services Department at (502) 637-1111 or please select our general admission & Historic Walking Tour option, which is wheelchair accessible.

Important Information for Your Tour

Excellent Barn Tour

We took the barn tour on the golf cart with Darrell and it was wonderful. We loved visiting the barns and seeing trainers and the horses on the track. This is the only way to tour Churchill Downs in my opinion. Darrell is so knowledgable and we loved listening to him.

— Karolyn H., Tripadvisor
May, 2021

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