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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
Nice way to get an overview of Memphis
Megan_B
, Oct 2021
Kate did a wonderful job leading us around the city. She shared a lot of history and stories and we enjoyed everything. The ducks at the Peabody were a highlight. The tour went through downtown and to the river. Our group had some people who were very slow walkers and Kate was able to modify the pace.
star-5
Great tour. Very informative.
Richard_D
, Oct 2021
Shannon was our tour guide and she brought Memphis to life with her story telling. She painted a vivid picture of historic Memphis. You can tell she loves her town. I would recommend this walking tour to anyone. If you are thinking about it, book it!! You will love it. Hope you get Shannon!!
star-5
Great experience
Laurin_V
, Oct 2021
Great guide, Loved the personal stories, good historical overview, his story about Lansky prompted us to visit the store and make a purchase!
star-4
Loved hearing of the...
Corinne_C
, Oct 2021
Loved hearing of the history of Memphis and how it has shaped this city. Charlie, our guide, was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting.
star-5
Despite the rain, Mike...
Marisa_A
, Oct 2021
Despite the rain, Mike was a great guide. He kept us laughing and shared great stories about Memphis’ history. Favorite line: that’s so Mempho
star-5
A must for everyone
Karen_M
, Sep 2021
Wonderful way to get to understand Memphis. Charlie What is the best tour guide! His own personal stores brought a unique perspective and literally gave life to history.
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.

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