Oldham County, Kentucky is located 20 minutes from downtown Louisville on I-71 and is the Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky with 13+ farm tours! Since 2012, 13 immersive farm tours come live April – October each year and account for 40,000+ visitors to Oldham County. Now there’s more!
As of 2020, you can enjoy a true Kentucky thoroughbred and bourbon experience, complete with farm-to-table dining year round! Be sure to check out our “Oldham Lunch & Cocktail on the Farm” Package under Horse Farm Tours!
Hermitage Farm celebrates Kentucky’s unique heritage and the signature industries that make us a place like nowhere else. Experience their renowned thoroughbred horse operations, sustainable, organic farm-to-table restaurant, bourbon bar and mint julep experience, and contemporary art throughout — a 19th-century estate re-imagined through 21st-century eyes.
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Barn8 Restaurant at Hermitage Farm is a fresh, modern take on farm-to-table dinner dining. Originally building #8 of Hermitage Farm’s historic horse stables, this innovative and delightful venue treats guests to sumptuous Kentucky flavors, all carefully composed from on-site gardens, greenhouses, as well as their bison farm across the street. This unique southern experience is truly food-forward.
Barn8 Picnic Lunch: Wednesday – Friday 11am – 3pm pickup. Try a gourmet picnic lunch prepared fresh daily by Barn8 Restaurant using local ingredients! Your lunch will include a sandwich or wrap, one side, one pastry, and your choice of cold bottled beverage. Must be ordered at least 48 hours in advance. $20 per person.
“Oldham’s Lunch & Cocktail on the Farm” Package Only available thru the Oldham Tourism Office: Package includes Hermitage Farm Tour with Picnic Lunch & Old Fashioned Cocktail Class: $65pp (Tues-Sat 11:30am – 2:30pm. Must book thru Oldham Tourism) (March-October)
Thoroughbred Tour: Wednesday – Friday 1:45 pm. Experience a closer look at the inner workings of a fully operational thoroughbred horse farm. Our tours guide you through Hermitage Farm’s illustrious history. $20 adult
“Bucket List Tour” with KY Derby Museum & Shuttle $100pp (May-Oct., starts in Louisville at the KY Derby Museum, shuttles to Hermitage, then shuttles back to the Museum for your car)
Hermitage Farm Art Walk Experience: Wednesday – Sunday DUSK – 10:30 pm. Below the gardens and among the trees along Little Sinking Creek, stroll 1500 sq. feet of boardwalk to enjoy “Art Walk” – designed to stimulate the eyes and ears through live video projections and coordinated soundscapes. $18 Adults, $10 Child
Bourbon Tasting Experience: Wednesday – Sunday 4:30pm. Held in the Bourbon Bar & Lounge, their guided tastings are enjoyable for bourbon connoisseurs and novices alike. Join our delightful bourbon stewards in learning about Kentucky’s rich bourbon heritage, all while enjoying flights of select bourbons, and crafting your own delicious cocktails. $25 adult
*While in Oldham, check out our Craft Distillery, home of Jefferson’s bourbons.
Mint Julep Mixology Experience: Wednesday – Sunday by Reservation. Learn to craft your own Kentucky Mint Julep as our instructors unfold the tasty tale of the drink’s origin and give you a look at the fascinating antique accoutrements used by julep-makers of the past. Walk through our garden and harvest your own mint, then sit and sip your hand-crafted cocktail in our greenhouse dining room. $35 adults
In 1936, legendary horse breeder Warner Jones took over Hermitage Farm and started raising winners of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Breeder’s Cup, and more than 200 stakes races. We continue to operate boarding facilities and a post-operative recuperation center as well as other services. Owners looking for a controlled environment where their horses can thrive are welcome here. Visitors to Hermitage Farm can see the daily workings of a legendary thoroughbred operation. Schedule a tour to see what makes our farm world-famous.
The Winners’ Circle. Hermitage Farm has produced winners for over 80 years. One of our best-known champions was Dark Star, who defeated Native Dancer in the 1953 Kentucky Derby. We’ve also foaled more recent champions, including Jack Sullivan, C.S. Silk, and the Bob Baffert-trained West Coast.
Carriage Driving at Hermitage Farm. Carriage Driving is one of our passions. A competitive form of harness horse driving, CDE drivers complete three tests of great skill: Dressage, Marathon, and Obstacle Driving. Hermitage Farm co-owner Steve Wilson is a four-time USEF Pair Champion and founded the Kentucky Classic in 2010.
The Kentucky Classic Event (Oct. 1-4, 2020). On even-numbered years (2020!), Hermitage Farm hosts one of the premier Combined Driving Event competitions in the US: the three-day Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Eventing Competition and Family Festival, featuring competitors from around the world.
The historic Main House (up to 200),The Paddock(outdoors up to 500), and The Stud Barn (up to 60). The Hayloft (up to 253) is reclaimed lumber and plenty of natural light to create an inviting mood. With space to seat up to 200, the loft is perfect for meetings, receptions, birthdays, and intimate concerts.
Hermitage Farm requires a ticket if not taking a tour or enjoying dinner. Tickets may be purchased online in advance or at the gate. Guests may count the price of General Admission towards any specialty tour ticket price.
Adults: $15 Youth (13-17): $13 Child (6-12): $11, Under 5: Free
Group Tours: Discounted tour pricing is available for motorcoach tours through the Oldham Tourism office. CONTACT US for more information. For more Group Tour ideas, visit our Groups page. For groups of 10+, contact the Oldham KY Tourism office for COMPLIMENTARY ASSISTANCE with your entire group itinerary in Oldham County!