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Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour

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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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Professional guide
Local taxes
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

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
  • Within a few blocks there are four different parking garages, and several open-air parking lots. The closest garage to our location (just two blocks away) is at 149 Peabody Place between Second Street and BB King Blvd., next to the Hampton Inn. You can try your luck with on-street metered parking, too, on Second Street just south of Beale; on Beale between Front and Second; or along Peabody Place from Front to Fourth Street.
  • 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 sanitization during Historic Memphis Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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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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star-5
Great way to learn about Memphis
Shannon_G
, Sep 2021
This was a great way to get a glimpse of Memphis. Mike was very knowledgeable and his love for the city was contagious. Not too much walking. Would recommend!
star-5
Nice slice of early Memphis history (1819-1930s)
William_T
, Sep 2021
Big crowd of 14 people on a Saturday morning, led by Shannon who is passionate and knowledgeable about this cool city. Leaves promptly at 9:30 on Beale and finishes over at the Peabody Hotel for the Duck Walk at 11:00. The icing on the cake is the duck Palace on the roof of the Peabody hotel, where the ducks are kept.
star-4
Good walking tour
Barbara_S
, Sep 2021
We had a knowledgeable guide who gave us background on the history of buildings, the era, the people.
star-5
Interesting history!
Sharon_F
, Sep 2021
Learning about early history of Memphis and information about cotton industry. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and had some great stories.
star-5
Great experience
Barbara_P
, Sep 2021
Shannon was knowledgeable, funny and kept us in a good pace. She had a great demeanor. We had a nice tour.
star-5
Great experience
jane_M
, Aug 2021
Shannon was a knowledgeable and friendly guide for our tour. Loads of interesting stories on the history and characters of Memphis. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Exceptional
MaryAnn_S
, Aug 2021
We had the best guide - she was wonderful, well-informed, and downright lovely to be with. We learned so many interesting things about Memphis and saw several neighborhoods. We've done a lot of walking tours and this was one of the best.
star-5
Great experience!
Rebecca_M
, Aug 2021
Jay has great knowledge of Memphis' history. Her walking pace and conversation was just right. She also gave awesome restaurant recommendations. Even my college-aged daughter enjoyed it and she generally hates walking tours!
star-5
Excellent guide
MARIE_K
, Aug 2021
The guide was excellent. Jay kept the walk interesting and informative. It was a good first thing to do to have an overview of downtown history.
star-5
Although it was hot it was a very enjoyable experience.
Allen_H
, Aug 2021
Charlie was great! Like getting a tour with a friend. Having grown up in Memphis he had a unique and comprehensive knowledge of the city. Especially liked the explanation of the Civil War battle.

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