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Live Downtown Nashville Walking Tour

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Nashville, United States
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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.
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
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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
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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
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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

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Liz_A
, Mar 2020
Learned a lot and had a blast. Ryan gave us a one-person comedy show while showing us the historic sites of Nashville.
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Best introduction to Nashville
Charlotte_H
, Mar 2020
Excellent and informative tour. Ryan was brilliant, funny, and really knows his stuff. Great to learn not just about Nashville's music, but also its history including the trail of tears, women's suffrage and civil rights. A great way to get a feel for the city.
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So so tour
MaryAnn_C
, Mar 2020
Ryan was more interested in talking about himself at times. Tour could have been more interesting. There is a lot of history in nashville that could have been talked about.
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Best Walking Tour Ever
Naomi_W
, Mar 2020
Ryan was fantastic! Very relatable, knowledgeable and funny. My sisters and I had an amazing time on the tour!!!!
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Great taste of Nashville
Audrey K
, Dec 2019
Our guide Robbie was a last minute replacement for the regular guy but he was terrific. Though not originally from Nashville he was full of wonderful information. He recommend places for us to visit on our own and different restaurants to try. Well worth it but best if you’ve just arrived.
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Perfect 1st Day Activity
KatieSD2019
, Dec 2019
We had never been to Nashville so the walking tour was a perfect introduction to the city on our first morning. Ryan was able to weave the historical info with an equal amount of humor. We added several sites on our itinerary based on interesting and informative facts we learned. Highly recommend this tour especially if it's your first visit.
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Family of 5
hmg711
, Nov 2019
Great for teens and adults! We and our 3 14 year olds thoroughly enjoyed Ryan’s tour. He communicated the history in a fun and memorable way. He even touched on some sensitive parts of the Nashville history with grace and tact. Thank you Ryan!!! The family of 5 from Ohio! Robin, Cate, Heather, Zach and Sofie.
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downtown walking tour
patriciadK4323EA
, Nov 2019
Tour was superb!! Ryan, tour guide was outstanding. Informative and fun! Great add on to our Nashville trip. Thanks!! I would recommend this to anyone visiting the city. Lots of good history and fun facts to learn.
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Very Informative and Fun!
bell4giants
, Nov 2019
Our guide, Ryan, was great! He had tons of energy and was full of fun facts, information and history. Would highly recommend taking this tour. It was exercise for the mind and body!
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Walk tour 1st day in Nashville
301aas
, Nov 2019
Ryan was a superb guide. He was knowledgeable and enthused and it gave us a great start to our break in that we were able to get our bearings. Well worth it.

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