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Downtown Nashville Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Overview

Explore Nashville’s honky-tonk history and most colorful characters on a walking tour of downtown with a storytelling guide. Find the city’s landmarks, from a pre-Prohibition saloon to the place where Andrew Jackson fought historic duels, and see the streets where musical legends were made.
  • Downtown Nashville walking tour
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Family friendly

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get a thorough introduction to Nashville in under two hours and receive lots of local food and music tips too.
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2-Hour Live Walking Tour of Nashville
Professional & Entertaining Guide
Excellent overview of Nashville for first-time visitors
Magnificent storytelling
Unlimited recommendations on where to go, what to do, and how to make your vacation your most memorable
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Departure Point

501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to downtown Nashville, where you’ll meet a local guide and set out on a route through the city’s most famous and infamous places. Trace a route from 5th and Broadway to the oldest home in the city of Nashville, then see Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.

Pass Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge—this country honky-tonk is among Nashvilles most notorious—then walk down Market Street to the Riverfront Park, once home to a booming river trade. Take in views of the Tennessee Titans stadium, the Cumberland River, and the original site of Fort Nashborough.

Continue to Nashville Public Square to hear stories about Andrew Jackson’s many duels. Dive into Printers Alley and the Men’s Quarter to see Nashville’s seedy, fun side: this is where Johnny Cash drank at Skull’s Rainbow Room, and where Little Richard and Hendrix practiced the blues before they were famous.

Turn up Cherry Street to pay your respects to Chet Atkins’ statue, then stop by the Tennessee State Capitol building and the Downtown Presbyterian Church before winding up your tour back in central Nashville.
Itinerary
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Really Entertaining Tours
We start at ground zero of the Nashville Honky Tonk Universe!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ryman Auditorium
The very reason we are called Music City. Welcome to the Mother Church of Country Music.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Tootsies Orchid Lounge
The World's Most Famous Honky-tonk!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Ernest Tubb Record Shop
The indubitable stepping stone to getting on the Opry. Ever see "Coal Miner's Daughter?" Now you'll see where it was filmed.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
The Johnny Cash Museum
The one and only Man in Black.
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Goo Goo Shop
Peanuts, Carmel, Chocolate, and the first combination candy bar ever sold in the United States.
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The George Jones
Possum, No Show, whatever you call him...he was a legend.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Fort Nashborough
For 8,000 years the Cherokee lived undisturbed until... See one of the first Anglo settlements west of the Appalachians.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Printer's Alley
World Famous Printer's Alley. Haunt, hangout, and den of depravity, Printers Alley hosted from Hendrix to Cash, from McGraw to McCartney - the world famous made this alley world famous.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Skull's Rainbow Room
Andy Griffith, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Buck Owens, Tim McGraw. If we told you every story we knew about this place, we'd never leave!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Downtown Nashville
Welcome to Woolworth on Fifth! The Art District of Nashville was once ground zero for the Civil Rights Sit-ins of the 1960s, and we do our best to help you (re)live the pain, struggle and ultimate triumph of the Nashville Freedom Riders, who refused to kowtow to the unjust laws of the Jim Crow South.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Tennessee State Capitol
The Tennessee State Capitol.
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Downtown Presbyterian Church
One of the only examples of Egyptian Revival architecture you will see in the United States, in a church! A gem in the heart of the city.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ryman Auditorium
Back to where it all began. The Soul of Nashville. The Mother Church! And it's seedy underbelly...Tootsie's...all rolled into one. A tour for both sinners and saints, a tour for all of us.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tours must have 6 people or subject to reschedule or cancellation with refund
  • Please include a CELL PHONE number for text messages regarding changes, including rain, or rescheduling
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Really Entertaining Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Downtown Nashville Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour?
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This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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  • "I recommend the tour first chance when you arrive to learn about the town and then go back to the places later in the trip to visit." See review
  • "This is a short and very informative walking tour of downtown Nashille if you don't have a lot of time," See review
  • "I highly recommend doing the walking tour at the beginning of your trip so you have more of an insight while you are visiting." See review

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Good tour
Jai
, Jun 2021
Good overview of History of Nashville. Ryan was very entertaining. Spoke a little too fast. Good start to our visit.
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Tour Was Canceled
Peggy_H
, Jun 2021
You canceled on us at 10:40pm the night before our scheduled tour. Gave us a 10am option, which we could not make. Hopefully our money had been refunded.
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Great
Geoffrey_G
, Jun 2021
Ryan, the tour guide, was wonderful and very knowledgeable. He was super funny and took us to some very neat sites around the city. The tour was a 10/10.
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GREAT WAY TO FIND OUT SOME LESSER-KNOWN NASHVILLE FACTS
Jan_S
, Jun 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our two-hour walking tour. Ryan was a very entertaining guide and kept everyone's interest.
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Worth your time!
Christine_K
, Jun 2021
The tour was excellent. Our guide was friendly and personable. He had lots of information about the area and good humor to keep you interested.
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Local and Still loved it
Bobby_T
, Jun 2021
We were on a staycation and we booked the walking tour. It was a great experience. Learning the details of Nashville was very interesting-From Demonbreun, Charlotte Pike, James Robertson, Printers Alley and so many other fun facts, I'm sure to win the next Nashville Trivia contest. Ryan was great. Very entertaining and did everything possible to keep us out of the Sun and streets. Book this tour.
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Better luck next time
ce_R
, Jun 2021
Whenever one signs up for a guided tour, you never know what hand you will be dealt. We were dealt a kangaroo straight, looks good but worthless. Our tour guide talked none stop for two hours. Unfortunately, 90% of that time was telling jokes and trying to be funny. If only he would have reversed that talk time with actual historical information I would have rated this tour much higher. Perhaps he was filling the time with 'not funny' humor for lack of historical knowledge. Who Knows?
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star-5
Take this tour on your 1st or 2nd day in nashville
CAtourist
, Jun 2021
Ryan was a great guide...he made information interesting and added humor appropriately. Definitely recommend it!
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Will do it again!!!
Teri_C
, Jun 2021
I would definitely do the tour again. Our tour guide had so much historical knowledge. Our group was awesome in itself, so the tour guide would play off each tourist. I think we all ENJOYED it!!
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Informative walk!
John-
, Jun 2021
Chet Atkins history . The evolution of country music in the time of Rock and Roll music Much for fun
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