This 90-minute tour offers guests an opportunity to experience more of the story of Keeneland, which is world famous for its Thoroughbred racing and auctions, but also celebrates and preserves rich chapters of Kentucky history.
The tour begins at the Keeneland Welcome Center, where a shuttle will take you to a few locations on the property that are important in Keeneland history:
- Keene Place, a family home built in 1805 that welcomed the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825, served as a private home until 2003 and today is a unique meeting and event space.
- Keene family cemetery, where generations of the family including Keeneland namesake John O. "Jack" Keene, are buried.
- The tour continues with a visit to the award-winning Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019 as a public research institution and is proud to be one of the world's largest repositories of information related to the Thoroughbred.
- This tour also includes a visit by the stable area, Sales Pavilion, and Administrative Offices.
This in-depth historical tour is offered monthly on select days (except during live racing and sales).
Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the Keeneland Welcome Center for $35 per person.
Tours will be limited to 14 people, so visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. This tour begins at 1:30 p.m. and lasts for 90 minutes, it takes place rain or shine. For your comfort we ask that you dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes for walking, standing and climbing stairs.
Please check in to the Keeneland Welcome Center located at the top of parking row 7, 20 minutes prior to tour time.