Ryman Auditorium

See the stage where many country music stars have played at the iconic former home of the Grand Ole Opry.

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Ryman Auditorium: Our most recommended tours and activities

Nashville Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

1. Nashville Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

The "Home of Country Music", Nashville hosts the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and the Blue Bird Café. The capital of Tennessee is also famous for The District, a downtown area featuring shopping, dining and entertainment. To view these and other popular attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Parthenon and Bicentennial Capitol Mall, hop aboard the Old Town Trolley. More than just a sightseeing tour, it's a fun and educational adventure as your trolley conductor provides an entertaining narration that includes little known facts and behind-the-scenes tips. You can avoid city traffic and costly parking when you step off the trolley to explore your favorite attractions. When you're finished, just hop aboard the next Old Town Trolley to continue discovering all that Nashville has to offer. A combination of transportation and entertainment, Old Town Trolley is the best way to see Music City. Offering 14 convenient stops: • Lower Broadway • Ryman Auditorium • Downtown Hilton • Country Music Hall of Fame • War Memorial/TPAC• Musicians Hall of Fame • Farmers’ Market • Capitol View • Marathon Village• Centennial Park • Midtown • Belmont Mansion• The Gulch • Union Station

Nashville: Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

2. Nashville: Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

For more than 125 years, Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium has been entertaining guests and making music history. Enjoy a self-guided tour as you learn about the Ryman's place in Nashville history and the stars that have launched their career on this famous stage. Join the 'Soul of Nashville' multimedia experience for a thrilling lesson in Ryman Auditorium history featuring stars like Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, and Darius Rucker. Inside the auditorium, find exhibits and short films featuring your favorite stars of yesterday and today. Some of the stars represented are Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, and Trisha Yearwood. You'll even get the opportunity to take a special photo on the iconic stage.

Nashville: Night Tour of Music City

3. Nashville: Night Tour of Music City

Take a night tour to discover insider stories and intriguing facts about Nashville’s music heritage. Explore the city’s current music scene. Learn about the people, places, and events that gave Nashville its reputation as Music City. The trolley tour passes Music Row, the Ryman Auditorium, Elliston Place, and historic Jefferson Street. Along the tour route, listen to your guide as tells the history of the city’s rhythm & blues heritage, its honky-tonks, and its famous music venues. Learn about the people that contributed to Nashville’s iconic music scene while taking in the stunning sights of this vibrant city.

Nashville: Haunted Ghost Tour

4. Nashville: Haunted Ghost Tour

Discover Nashville’s sinister secrets and paranormal hotspots on a guided 1-hour tour filled with stories that will frighten you, but also provide a fascinating peek into the Music City’s rich history. Hear a curated collection of historically-based tales and eye-witness accounts, which offer an unflinching look at the darker side of Nashville that is only talked about in hushed whispers. Walk with your guide through Broadway, Nashville’s nightlife area, and find out the ghastly secrets hidden in some of the area’s most popular locations.  See the bar where the ghost of Hank Williams Sr. still grabs a drink and listen to the fabled story of legendary Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry radio show.  Learn about the mysterious tunnels that snake underneath much of the city and into the Smoky Mountains and hear of the tragic aftermath of the devastating 2010 floods and how they added a deep psychic aura to the city.

Discover Nashville: Fully Narrated Half-Day City Tour

5. Discover Nashville: Fully Narrated Half-Day City Tour

On this 3.5-hour Discover Nashville Tour you’ll see the highlights of Music City. You’ll also enjoy admission and self-guided tours at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Ryman Auditorium. You’ll see Nashville’s most famous landmarks, including the historic downtown area, Honky Tonk Row, Riverfront Park, Fort Nashborough, the Tennessee State Capitol, Bicentennial Mall, the Parthenon, Vanderbilt University, and Music Row – home to historic Studio B. No tour of Music City would be complete without a self-guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, known as the Mother Church of Country Music, and the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The Hall of Fame & Museum is a USD 37 million interactive musical experience and a tribute to Country music and to the city of Nashville. Please note that there are occasions when the Ryman Auditorium or the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum may be closed, and substitutions will be made as possible.

Nashville: Guided Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

6. Nashville: Guided Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

Explore the darker side of Nashville's past on a guided ghost tour. Visit the city's most haunted spots with a knowledgeable guide and hear fascinating stories about the ghosts of its past. Meet your guide at the Tennessee State Capitol. From here, you'll explore the city, visiting at least seven haunted historical locations. Learn about Nashville's Civil War past and find out how it later became known as America's Music City. 

Nashville: Sightseeing Cart Tour

7. Nashville: Sightseeing Cart Tour

Experience Nashville from a local’s perspective while you zip around town in a golf cart, seeing, touching, and smelling your way through the music city. On this 1.5-hour tour, hit 35 of the major sightseeing destinations of the city—from The Parthenon, a full-sized replica of the iconic Greek building, to the Ryman Auditorium, where the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running American radio broadcast in history, is staged—and much more. After you hit all the sights, pick up some recommendations from your local guide for nightlife and restaurants in Nashville so you can make the most of your time in the vibrant city. Make sure to bring your camera—you’ll have many opportunities to stop for priceless photo-ops. The fleet of carts can accommodate groups ranging from 1-50 people per tour—though groups of 2 may be paired with up to 3 other people.

Downtown Nashville: Private Narrated Carriage Ride

8. Downtown Nashville: Private Narrated Carriage Ride

This insightful tour includes hotspots such as: The Schermerhorn Symphony Center The Country Music Hall of Fame The Bridgestone Arena The Johnny Cash Museum Riverfront Park Hard Rock Cafe The Wild Horse Saloon The Ryman Auditorium Tootsies Orchid Lounge and other tourist attractions and insight into various popular dining establishments around our great city.

Nashville: Murder in Music City Walking Tour

9. Nashville: Murder in Music City Walking Tour

Explore the spooky side of Music City on this ghost-themed, adults-only walking tour. See Nashville’s most popular haunted spots and hear fascinating stories about the ghosts of its past. Perfect for fans of true crime and all things creepy, get to know about Nashville’s brutal past, murders, the mob, haunted record shops, and the former red light district’s brothels. Beginning at the Tennessee State Capitol, visit 7 to 8 haunted ad historical locations. See the Union Station Hotel, the haunted Ryman Auditorium, and more. Follow your guide as you hear about ghosts, demons, and local murders, some dating back as far as 200 years.

Nashville: Music City Self-Guided Walking Tour w/ Audio App

10. Nashville: Music City Self-Guided Walking Tour w/ Audio App

Explore the past and present of Nashville's music scene on this self-guided walking tour. Download the GPS-navigated audio guide app with music and narration. Cross Printers Alley and Broadway as you see Legends Corner, The Johnny Cash Museum, Ryman Auditorium, Skull's Rainbow Room, and more. The experience is powered by your smartphone and created to be hands-free. Discover the best spots and historic sites from old Skull’s rainbow room in Printer’s Alley, the line dancing over at the Wild Horse to Johnny Cash’s history at the Ryman. Uncover the rich history of Nashville at your own pace and learn how a lot of country music’s biggest stars including Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw got their start. Get step-by-step navigation to local sites, back alleys, and country music locations.

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What people are saying about Ryman Auditorium

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 596 reviews

Great tour guide! Very informative and very enjoyable! Professional and prompt. Would recommend this tour to anyone!

Loved this tour. It was very informative and amusing. Learned a lot about Nashville and the stops were all great.

Take tour when you start vacation for further hints and things to do.

So fun. Went to all important stops. Can’t wait to do it again

The driver was amazing but I will never do this again