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Downtown Nashville Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Nashville, United States
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
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Gratuities
501 Broadway , 501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

Meets at Bridgestone Arena marquee (address 501 Broadway, southwest corner of 5th & Broadway). Stand right by that electronic sign.

This activity will end right where it started.
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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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
Stop At:  
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
The World's Most Famous Honky-tonk!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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.
Pass By:  
Goo Goo Shop
Peanuts, Carmel, Chocolate, and the first combination candy bar ever sold in the United States.
Stop At:  
The George Jones
Possum, No Show, whatever you call him...he was a legend.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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
Stop At:  
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
Stop At:  
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
Stop At:  
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
Pass By:  
Tennessee State Capitol
The Tennessee State Capitol.
Stop At:  
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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  • "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
  • "This tour is an excellent way to get a good feel for downtown Nashville and, in particular, its musical roots." See review

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star-5
Great tour of Nashville
Jennifer_K
, Aug 2022
Amazing tour!! Ryan was knowledgable, funny, and gave a great tour of Nashville highly recommend. Ryan gave a great feel of the unique culture and the history of Nashville. Even though the weather was hot, he stayed enthusiastic and positive.
star-5
Must do tour!
Mollie_B
, Aug 2022
Ryan was amazing. He’s informative, hilarious and a Rock Star. Ryan sprained his ankle right before our walking tour and did not cancel. He was fun and pleasant while limping and clearly in pain. Rock Star status, Ryan. Totally should do this tour, learned a lot about Nashville!!!
star-4
Informative tour
Laura_M
, Jul 2022
Guide was energetic and knowledgeable. He tried to engage people to participate. He was also mindful of the heat and found shady spots to pause for commentary.
star-5
Walk with a little bit of Country, a whole lot of history & a healthy dose of Rock & Roll!
Paul_P
, Jun 2022
Down town Nashville is such a walkable city with so much history, excitement & charm! My tour guide Ryan was knowledgeable with a healthy dose of humor and can even sing. Our group was treated to a taste of the Pride parade which was very cool. I was thoroughly entertained!
star-5
Enjoyable and informative!
Randy_S
, Jun 2022
We really enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It was a wonderful start to our visit.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Good way to see the downtown and glean some historical facts.
Gerianne_C
, Jun 2022
I've done walking tours before with great tour guides. Our guide this trip had some good facts to share, and we still did get to see areas we may not have gone on our own, but he seemed nervous with all of the jokes and just tried to be way too funny. Would be better to stick with the facts and be up-beat vs. try to be too funny which made some of us uncomfortable.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Y’ know, I’ll take the criticism.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Dear Viator, Our tour...
ANGELA_P
, Jun 2022
Dear Viator, Our tour guide Ryan was informative, smart and appropriately humorous. Great time! Thank you Ryan!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Blended right in to Nashville.
George_H
, Jun 2022
Ryan our guide was great. Living walking history and very well spoken and interactive. The walk along the riverfront and down Printers Alley was best.
star-5
Nashville Walking tour review with Ryan
Ann_A
, Jun 2022
Ryan was great…very informative. He also added a bunch of humor to the tour to make it very entertaining!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great walking tour!
Belinda_P
, May 2022
Our tour guide Ryan had a lot of stories and full of energy! The amount of walking was perfect, not too long.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Enjoyable and informative
Rhonda_G
, May 2022
Informative, informational, gave good history of Nashville and the area’s we walked through Stop asking for more info!
star-5
I’d do it again.
Charlotte_B
, May 2022
The guide was funny, personable and knowledgeable about the history, architecture and personalities that created Nashville as it is today. Great information and entertaining as well.
star-5
Fun and very interesting!
Tito_C
, May 2022
Ryan was very knowledgeable and quite the sense of humor! Had a good time learning about Nashville’s history. I would highly recommend!
star-5
Fantastic walking tour
Sue_T
, May 2022
Ryan was THE BEST! Funny, knowledgeable and well spoken. It was a wonderful way to start our trip to Nashville.
star-4
Great
Cynthia_N
, May 2022
The knowledge of the tour guide unfortunately it rained so made the experience a bit less fun all in all was great experience
star-5
Great tour guide
Joey_L
, May 2022
Ryan was a great guide. Informative and entertaining. Good pace and engaging with everyone on the tour.
star-5
Fun Tour!
Chris_W
, May 2022
Ryan was a really fun tour guide and provided a lot of interesting information! I really enjoyed learning about the history of Nashville.
star-5
Ryan was fantastic. Very...
Jonathan_M
, Apr 2022
Ryan was fantastic. Very informative and entertaining . Just the right pace, not rushing you through just to get every site in
star-5
Walk The line
David_H
, Apr 2022
Ryan’s insightful story telling , made it a fun and informative experience. Great way to start our visit
star-5
A tour worth taking
Karen_H
, Apr 2022
We saw lots of parts of Nashville that we otherwise would have missed. We liked the stories about the people and places. Pleasant weather added to the enjoyment.

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