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Beale Street Guided Walking Tour

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Memphis, United States

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Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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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197 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA

Departure Time

1:30 PM
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.
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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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.

  • 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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Beale Street Guided Walking Tour?
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Beale Street Guided Walking Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Beale Street Guided Walking Tour?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Beale Street Guided Walking Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Beale Street Guided Walking Tour?
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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Great tour!
, May 2021
Great food at Blues City! Great tour guide name Jay! Super knowledgeable and enthusiastic! Would definitely recommend!
Beale street resurrection
, Apr 2021
Pretty good tour! Thought that it lacked some full historical information but tour guide was entertaining and engaging:
Enjoyed learning the...
, Apr 2021
Enjoyed learning the history of Memphis as well as the places on Beale Street So great people invested back on the street and area loved it
A short n sweet tour
, Mar 2021
Our tour guide was a very friendly informative young lady. She was enthusiastic with her description of beale street with all the interesting facts of the different points of interest. We were very impressed with her fun approach to the tour and highly recommend this tour. It gives u a wonderful background of beale st. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Short But Sweet Tour
, Dec 2020
Jay was an incredible guide who posseses a wealth of information on both Beale street and Memphis in general for both the historian and tourist as well.
Beale Street historical insights
, Oct 2020
Our guide, Michael, was amazing. His knowledge and ability to present a complete history were fantastic. We would highly recommend this tour and hopefully you will be fortunate to have Michael walk with you!!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Michael's pretty great, we agree. We will certainly pass along your compliments to him. So glad you enjoyed Beale St. and the history behind the most famous street in Memphis!
Great hospitality
, Aug 2020
Great staff with lots of information , love the tourist and she and he was very nice. I would recommend this Tour to many friends and family
Terrific Tour!
, Nov 2019
We were fortunate to have Sheree as our tour guide. She was full of interesting information and upbeat enthusiasm despite the pouring rain. She gave us plenty of time for questions and she answered them fully. Sheree turned a dismal day on Beale Street into a bright and positive expedition.
Very informative!!
, Sep 2018
We loved our walking tour of Beale Street. So good to learn the history of this street that was so important to the recently freed enslaved people. Wholeheartedly recommend this tour!!
Although I did enjoy the tour and...
Cheryl M
, Oct 2017
Although I did enjoy the tour and the guide seemed informative it was hard to concentrate and take everything in that he was saying as we had a hard time looking at him talking as he had white saliva in both corners of his mouth the whole time. If not for that I may have given it an extra rating and suggest someone with a big voice should always be giving the tour to be able to hear over the music. Sorry but it's honest feedback.

Product code: 3111P11

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