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Beale Street Guided Walking Tour

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Follow in the footsteps of musical legends, such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King, on this walking tour of Beale Street in downtown Memphis. Your guide knows the ins and outs of the street—said to be where blues began—ensuring you won't miss a beat of its storied past. Pass by highlights including Lansky Brothers, where Elvis Presley was known to shop, as well as the more-than-100-year-old A. Schwab General Store.
  • Walking tour of Beale Street in downtown Memphis
  • Trace the street's transformation from red-light district to the home of blues
  • Learn about Memphis' significance in the civil rights movement
  • See highlights including stores frequented by the likes of Elvis
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Alfred's On Beale , 197 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
1:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide on Beale Street, the so-called "Home of the Blues," and former red-light district and epicenter of the civil rights movement.

Follow your guide to significant spots on the main street, including A. Schwab General Store, which has been open for more than a hundred years, and the Lanky Brothers clothing store, where Elvis once shopped.

Pass, too, highlights such as Handy Park and Coyote Ugly saloon, and learn about the musical legends and colorful characters who shaped the street.

Your tour concludes back at the original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Beale Street
The Home of the Blues, and pone of America's most historic and iconic streets/
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Handy Park
History of the famous bluesmen's park
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lansky Bros. Clothier to the King
History of the famous store where Elvis adopted his signature style
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
A. Schwab
History of the old fashioned general store and soda fountain founded in 1876, the city's oldest business
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
W.C. Handy Memphis Home and Museum
History of the "shotgun house" of W.C. Handy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Provide Viator Voucher to show proof of purchase
  • The walking distance is 0.5 miles (0.8 km)
  • The tour is a walking tour on public city sidewalks, and is 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 15 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.
  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Beale Street Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Beale Street Guided Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Beale Street Guided Walking Tour.

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star-5
Very informative
Debra_C
, Jul 2022
Our guide Shannon was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the history of the area. Highly recommend.
star-5
The whole tour was very...
Sam_D
, Jun 2022
The whole tour was very informative and interesting. Charlie was an amazing tour guide. We were fortunate to have a private tour on a rainy afternoon.
star-5
Connecting with the Real Beale St
JohnLeslie_M
, May 2022
Wow! Shannon is an excellent tour guide with depth of knowledge, storytelling skills and lots of energy. Thank you Shannon for a great experience. We learned a bunch and really enjoyed the walking tour experience.
star-1
Scam?
Margo_P
, May 2022
My link/ticket vanished. I went to 127 Beale Street. No one had heard of the tour. I never got to go. I believe this was a scam. Extremely disappointed.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We're sorry that you didn't make it to the tour, but it's definitely not a "scam"! It looks like you went to the wrong address: we're at 197 Beale Street (at Alfred's), not 127. Our tour guide tried calling you before the tour (at 1:24pm) but it went straight to voicemail, she even shouted your name out on the street to find you.
star-5
Charming walking tour
Regina_R
, May 2022
Wonderful way to explore Savannah learning the history while strolling through this beautiful city. The guide I believe his name was Pete was very informative and loves sharing the history with us.
star-5
Best tour guide!!!
Diane_B
, Apr 2022
Shannon is the best tour guide we’ve ever had. She was so upbeat and very very knowledgeable. We enjoyed our tour very much
star-5
Learn a lot in a flash!
Natalie_D
, Apr 2022
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. I learned a lot from her. She did an amazing job. There is so much history in Memphis I knew nothing about! This was awesome!
star-5
Beale St tour was fun and interesting.
Keith_C
, Mar 2022
The Beale St history was told in a fun and entertaining way. Tour guide was great and took a lot of pride in her city.
star-5
Worth it!
julie_m
, Mar 2022
Shannon our tour guide was really great. I have lived in the greater Memphis area for 10 years and have visited Beale Street a few times over the years, and on this tourI learned so much that I never knew. Be a tourist in your hometown, and do it with these guided tours.
star-5
Great tour guide
John_H
, Jan 2022
Katy was an awesome and knowledgeable guide. She showed historical sites and explained their relevance.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great little tour
Kalanikae_H
, Jan 2022
Great little tour of both sides of the street. Great history. I took about 100 pictures of the old buildings.
star-3
Beal Street is Boring
Crystal_R
, Dec 2021
The tour had a lot of dead time when the guide was not talking. She walked us down one side of the street and back up the same side in silence. We heard the history of only a few buildings. I expected to hear something about the history of music on the street, but that was hardly mentioned. We were disappointed.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
A Short Way to Learn History of Memphis
Marzenna_J
, Dec 2021
The history of Memphis as illustrated by the history of Beale Street. The guide was knowledgeable and eager to share his knowledge with the guests.
star-5
Fun hour
Cynthia_J
, Nov 2021
Amazing quick tour and extremely informative! So much history packed into an hour. I hope this area continues to grow and thrive!
star-5
Beale Street Walking Tour 10/23/2021
Connie_S
, Oct 2021
Fun and informative tour. Our guide did a great job explaining the history of Beale Street and it’s importance.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
New perspective on Beale St.
Mark_H
, Oct 2021
I visited Beale Street once before during the day. I thought then, big deal, street with a bunch of bars. The Beale Street tour, however, give me a fuller appreciation of the rich history of the place.
star-5
Great hot day on Beale street!
hugh_T
, Aug 2021
Informative, interesting, entertaining! I would highly recommend this for people looking for local insight and perspective into the characters that brought Beale street to life from the civil war to modern life!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
A must!
Sherry_D
, Jul 2021
So educational and worth the time and money. Our tour guide was so nice and a wealth of information A must when visiting Beale St.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The Hot and Humid History of Beale Street
Marie_H
, Jul 2021
Our guide gave us the background on the events in the city leading up to Dr. King’s assassination. It was riveting.
star-5
Great Tour
EVA_V
, Jun 2021
The guide was fantastic! She was very informative We learned a lot. Everyone enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it
1 traveler found this review helpful

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