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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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Alfred's On Beale , 197 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
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.

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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
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.

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star-5
Very informative tour with Shannon
Cathy_P
, May 2022
Shannon was a wonderful tour guide. She knows the history of Memphis in depth and shared so much information with us. It was 2 hours well spent during our vacation.
star-4
Good tour
Robin_K
, May 2022
Enjoyed the history of Memphis. Liked seeing the Peabody ducks. Very easy walking tour. Tour guide was very nice.
star-5
Beale Street and more history tour
Helene_K
, Apr 2022
Our guide shared so much information that we would never have found in guide books. He was fun and informative. The time flew.
star-5
Nice intro to Memphis
Mike_B
, Apr 2022
Guide was knowledgeable, articulate and passionate about her stories. Guide in training was part of tour and also very friendly. I enjoyed learning about Elvis, BB King, Civil War, MLK and Memphis. I have already retold what I learned several times. Nicely done.
star-4
Interesting
Joy_B
, Apr 2022
Relaxing walk around parts of downtown Memphis with Kate, who was informative and interesting. Recommended if you haven't been to Memphis before.
star-5
Great tour by a local
Jennifer_R
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide Charlie was very knowledgeable. He had a lot of very interesting stories to share. I'd highly recommend.
star-4
Potted history of Memphis, march of ducks
Linda_R
, Apr 2022
The weather was against us this tour, wind whipping, freezing cold and the occasional raindrop did not help in the enjoyment of the tour. Our guide was very friendly and we did see several buildings and heard a potted history of Memphis. The final half hour was spent at The Peabody hotel waiting for the ducks to march. The warmth of the hotel was much appreciated although the march was underwhelming.
star-5
MEMorable MEMphis
James_D
, Apr 2022
Guide, Shannon, was phenomenal…informative, personable, funny and you can tell she loves her city! Time here “tasted “ducky” and “like more!” So worth the walk…MEMorable MEMphis! LOVED it all…and the duck walk was such an unexpected surprise
star-5
Interesting and at just the right pace
Kelly_H
, Apr 2022
We enjoyed the history of Memphis, especially regarding the Civil War and Yellow Fever. Our tour guide had a lot of knowledge both historically and contemporary. We’d very much recommend this tour.
star-5
Memphis is great!
Margaret_H
, Mar 2022
The enthusiasm and knowledge of our guide. Loved all the various kinds of architecture, and, of course, the statue of Elvis.
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