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Come see us at the Lexington Visitors Center on Main Street, in the heart of Downtown.
401 West Main Street, Suite 104.
Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:00; Saturdays 10:00 to 5:00.
Our friendly Visitor Information Specialists are standing by at our new Visitors Center with advice on things to see and do in Lexington and the Bluegrass Region. Come by to pick up a Visitor Planning Guide or map and browse our materials. Watch videos about the Bluegrass Region on one of five interactive screens, get your picture taken with a life-sized blue horse and check out our Bourbon still and other memorabilia.
Parking is available on Main Street in front of Victorian Square, on the side street, Algonquin at the west end of Victorian Square, and in the Victorian Square parking garage (enter from Short Street).
New Lexington Visitors Center: Victorian Square, 401 West Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507
Victorian Square is across from Lexington's convention center and the newly renovated Triangle Park. Located at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway, this block of buildings has played an important role in downtown Lexington since the 1870's.
The 16 buildings which make up Victorian Square were originally constructed for commercial use and have included numerous saloons, restaurants, a cigar store, wholesale and retail grocers, a hotel, a confectioners, an opera house, an athletic club, the Lexington Buggy Company and McElhon & Moloney Plumbers -- all prior to 1900. You could also visit this block to purchase tinware and stoves, riding apparel, tobacco, baskets and willow ware and furniture or to get a shave and a haircut.
In 1983, a decision was made to renovate the entire block to ensure the vitality of this historic cluster of Victorian buildings. The facades of the buildings were left intact whenever possible. As the interior was remodeled, a series of ramps were constructed to connect the many different levels of the original floors. Great care was taken to preserve the decorative metal ceilings including replacing ceiling plates when possible with new ones manufactured using original presses. Interior halls and stairwells featured intricate tilework and ironwork typical of the Victorian Era. The Victorian Square Shoppes opened in 1985 offering a mix of shopping, galleries, artist studios, restaurants, bars, a children's museum and the Lexington Children's Theater. And as of 2012: the new Lexington Visitors Center!
Construction has just begun as Victorian Square is re-imagined yet again.Stay tuned for exciting changes to this historic block.
Victorian Square is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Take a 360 degree virtual tour of our new Visitors Center.
Note: VisitLEX, Lexington's convention and visitors bureau, administrative offices and sales force is now located at 250 West Main Street, Suite 2100; the building referred to by locals as "Big Blue."