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Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour

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Memphis, United States
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Overview

Trace Memphis' history, from the Civil War to modern-day, on this guided walking tour. Learn about the history of this rowdy blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll river town, and visit many of the city’s top attractions—Beale Street and sections of the Mississippi River among them. Experience, too, a time-honored Memphis tradition: Peabody Hotel's March of the Ducks.
  • History-focused walking tour of Memphis
  • Admire landmarks like Court Square Fountain and Confederate Park
  • Hear stories about Memphis' Civil War and Prohibition history from your guide
  • Watch the March of the Ducks at the Peabody Hotel
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure Point

Alfred's On Beale, 197 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Get to know Memphis and its top attractions on this educational and entertaining walking tour.

In addition to Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America, stroll along Main Street to Confederate Park, commemorating the Civil War’s Battle of Memphis. See additional Civil War sites recognizing the Battle of Memphis and Forrest's Raid on Memphis; Court Square Center, stop at the Peabody Hotel to watch the March of the Ducks, General Washburn's Escape Alley and more.

Along the way, hear the history of this rowdy river town and its people—from tough frontiersmen like Davy Crockett and Sam Houston to the Confederate soldiers and Civil War spies. Learn about everyone from the gamblers, speculators and fancy ladies who arrived by steamboat and train to the gangsters and machine bosses fueled by Prohibition-era greed.

It truly is a fun and fast way to get to know Memphis and the many amazing attractions it offers.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Beale Street
The tour starts on historic Beale Street, the Home of the Blues, at Alfred's on Beale
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Court Square
History of one of Memphis' oldest and most beautiful parks
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Confederate Park
History of the 1862 Civil War Battle of Memphis
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Peabody Ducks
History of the South's Grand Hotel and the Peabody duck march
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mississippi River
History and importance of the Mississippi River
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
General Washburn's Escape Alley
Civil War history of Memphis
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
WDIA-WHRK Radio Building
History of WDIA, the "Goodwill Station"
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Barboro Alley
History of yellow fever in Memphis
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange
History of the Cotton Exchange and historic Cotton Row
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 Backbeat 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour.

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Thank you.
Michael_J
, Dec 2020
Thank you for the kind tour guide. I have more understanding of the city of Memphis after the tour. The tour guide was kind and professional.
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star-5
Awesome!
Kristen
, Oct 2020
Could tell guide tried to tailor content to our interests which I appreciated. “Read the crowd” well so to speak, although it was only me and my fiancé so easier to do with just 2 people. We enjoyed our walk and the history our guide shared, but at times I had wished more history and less chit chat, and transition continuity, but those are not picky complaints! Overall, really enjoyed, would like to do another sometime.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Our guides do like to chat! So glad you had a good time and that you got a more private experience. We would love to have you back on another tour any time!
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Excellent tour!
Rod_T
, Sep 2020
Our guide ( and I’m embarrassed to say I forgot his name)was great. He was very knowledgeable and personable. We had a real good experience.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hi Rod, thanks for taking the time to leave a review for us. It looks like your guide was Mike and we couldn't agree more (he's pretty great!) We hope you enjoyed your visit to Memphis and hope you join us again soon!
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star-5
Great Tour!
Gessel_R
, Jul 2020
Our tour guide Mike was great! Very informative about the whole city. He gave a great overview of the early history and the Civil Rights Movement.
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History on the fly
Morton_S
, Mar 2020
Good colorful background. Try to get Andy as your guide. His balanced and often humorous perspective on Memphis and its history is excellent.
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Great history lesson on Memphis
Amanda S
, Nov 2019
We were so impressed with our guides' knowledge of the area. From Civil War to Civil Rights he helped us appreciated Memphis' place in the history of our country. He also entertained us with stories of his growing up there. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Interesting
Lloyd H
, Oct 2019
The tour guide was very good. The tour had some interesting historical information but nothing exceptional.
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star-5
A Excellent Introduction to Memphis
MarleneL7
, Oct 2019
Tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Memphis and had lots of anecdotes to enhance the tour. He had a good sense of humor and a good perspective about the problems of racial inequality at a particular time in the South. We would recommend it highly.
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Fantastic experience.
rkizzier
, Oct 2019
If you are going to Memphis and want a very informative history and educational tour. My wife and I highly recommend this walking tour.
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Excellent tour of downtown Memphis
Linda D
, Oct 2019
Really enjoyed this informative tour of historic Memphis. The only disappointment was the fact that the Peabody Hotel was already packed full of visitors to watch the march of the ducks; we were not able to see them march in, but went and saw them swimming in the fountain afterwards.
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