Gothic Avenue Tour

Cave Tour
2 hr. 00 min.


Ticket ages: Youth - ages 6 - 12 (children 5 & under are free and do not require a ticket), Adult - ages 13 & over, Interagency Senior - 62 & over, Interagency Access - no age requirement. Interagency Annual Pass is NOT accepted for cave tours.

Any youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older, on all tours.

Will Call pickup: 30 minutes prior to tour time.

Visitors with known heart or respiratory problems, poor circulation or difficulty walking long distances and negotiating stairs, should carefully consider thier limitations. Evacuation from the cave to a hospital for medical attention could take several hours.

Ticket Availability


Tour Description

Some areas of Mammoth Cave just seem magical, and Gothic Avenue is one of those special places. This tour begins at the Visitor Center and enters the famous Historic Entrance and passes through the Rotunda and the Church. The tour enters Gothic Avenue, one of the most historically significant passageways in the cave. This area showcases hundreds of examples of visitor experiences still visible today, from the multitude of nineteenth-century candle-written signatures to the dozens and dozens of stone monuments left behind by visitors nearly 200 years ago. Portions of this tour are also seen on the Star Chamber, Historic and Violet City Lantern Tours.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 2 hr. 00 min.
  • Distance: 1 miles
  • Number of Steps: 230
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Moderate

Know Before You Go

Sturdy walking shoes recommended. Temperature in the cave is 54 degrees farenheit. Tour Park facility operational hours: Tours run every day except Christmas Day. Visitor Center closes early on Christmas Eve. Visitor Center hours vary with season. If you fear heights or close places and/or cannot climb steps, this tour is not recommended. This tour has an elevation change of 140 feet and will involve 230 steps.


All tours leave from the Visitor Center.

Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.
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