One Court Square, Bardstown, KY 40004 | (502) 348-6402

Historic Downtown Bardstown

Enjoy our many restaurants, taverns and specialty shops in our award winning downtown.

Bourbon Capital of the World ™

St. Louis’s LUXCO Opens it’s first Bourbon Distillery in Bardstown


Kentucky Owl Selects Bardstown as site for $110 million Distillery Park

International Partnerships

Bardstown is Selected for Takigawa’s first U.S. Manufacturing Facility

International Partnerships

Thai Summit Starts Production in Bardstown

Bourbon Capital of the World ™

Bardstown, Kentucky

Quality of Life

Named one of the Top Ten Small Towns in America by Fodor's Travel.

Location, Location, Location

Bardstown is located just 35 minutes from Louisville, the nation’s 16th largest city, which is home to UPS and the Louisville International Airport.

Bardstown-Nelson County Welcome Center

Home to the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism, Economic/Industrial Development and Mainstreet.

Bourbon Country

Over 90% of all bourbon is made in the Nelson County region.

Nelson County Industrial Park

Home to Flower Foods, The Bardstown Bourbon Company and Salt River Electric with additional acreage available.

Flower Foods of Bardstown

Producer of some of the most popular bread products including Nature's Own, Butternut and Wonderbread.

"Most Beautiful Small Town in America"

As named by RandMcNally and USA Today
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mapWelcome to Bardstown and Nelson County, Kentucky where, year after year, we continue to be included in the elite list of “Top 10 Small Towns in America.” This national recognition is based on not only the excellent quality of life and amenities but our healthy business climate and our continued economic growth.

We are fortunate to have several economic development agencies, all housed together in our “Welcome Center” to answer any question you may have about Bardstown and the other wonderful communities that make up Nelson County. Our Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street organizations are listed on our “Partners” link and we hope you will take a few moments to explore the resources that are available to you. You will soon discover why so many people have chosen Bardstown and Nelson County as the place they call home.