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Historic Memphis Walking Tour

Get up with the birds and march with the ducks! Discover how cotton, the Civil War, epidemics, machine politics, and music have all shaped the city Memphis; and how it's wide-open, anything-goes atmosphere helped change the country at large. Hear these fascinating stories on the Historic Memphis Walking Tour!

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Combine coffee, Confederates, and quackers, and what have you got -- a great way to start your morning! Join in on this fascinating history tour, as you leisurely stroll through tree-lined downtown Memphis listening as your guide unfolds the story of this rowdy river town and its colorful inhabitants.


  • A 2-hour guided walk through historic downtown Memphis

  • Civil War Sites (the Battle of Memphis and Forrest's Raid)

  • The famous Peabody Duck March (tour ends at the Peabody in time for duck march).

  • Beale Street

  • Main Street

  • Lincoln American Tower

  • Confederate Park

  • Historic Court Square Fountain

  • Civic Center

  • Cotton Row - the "Wall Street" of Memphis

  • Calvary Episcopal Church

  • Sweeping views of the Mississippi River from the rooftop of the beautiful Madison hotel

  • Appropriate for all ages and a great way to learn history

The Historic Memphis walking tour visits sites relating to the city's founding, the river and cotton trade, the Civil War, yellow fever epidemics, and late 19th century to early 20th century events.

The Mississippi riverfront and the parks and buildings of tree-lined Main Street hold a wealth of stories from Memphis' colorful past. Hear stories about it's tough frontiersmen like Davy Crockett and Sam Houston; dashing Confederate soldiers and Civil War spies; gamblers, speculators, and fancy ladies that arrived by steamboat and train; gangsters and machine bosses fueled by Prohibition-era greed.

Hear these stories and more on this walking tour of Historic Memphis as told by friendly, professional tour guides. They will provide you with a fun, unforgettable experience and captivate you with their own magical blend of storytelling as they bring history alive!

The tour stops briefly outside each site to hear detailed stories about the history of that place. You will be on your feet for the majority of the tour (90 minutes), but you will be walking at a leisurely pace and will also enter into city parks with benches if you do feel the need to sit down. A 20-minute breakfast stop for coffee and muffins at a local hangout is included. The tour will cover approximately 1 mile and is appropriate for all ages. A fun and interesting way to expose kids to history!

Make your reservations and get your eTickets today to join the Historic Memphis Walking History Tour. Learn the fascinating story of this culturally and historically rich city.

Always fun, always entertaining, always a good time - you'll want to tour with Backbeat Tours again and again ... Every tour is a unique experience!


Historic Memphis Walking Tour

Operating Times:

Check calendar for dates and times available. Tour does not operate on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Please arrive at least 15 min prior to the scheduled departure time.

Reservation Notes:

Reservations are required. Ticket confirmed for date and time selected.


2 hours

Booth Location:

Check in 15 min early to exchange your Ticket at the Backbeat Tours ticket booth at Alfred's at 197 Beale St., Memphis, TN 38103.

Nearest Intersection:

Beale Street and B.B. King Blvd.


There's plenty of parking just one block north on Peabody Place between Main and Third.

Age Requirements:

Child Ticket: ages 5-12 yrs old. Children ages 4 and under are free.


The tour runs in most weather conditions. In the event of unsafe or severe weather, the tour will be canceled, and you can reschedule (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event. The tour ends at Memphis Civic Plaza on Main Street, approx 7 blocks from the starting point. You can walk or ride the Main Street trolley back to Beale Street. The cost of food or beverages are not included on the tour. The tour route follows city sidewalks and the Main Street pedestrian mall, and should be accessible to most wheelchair users. If you enjoyed the trip, tips are highly appreciated!

Guarantee Note: Due to the limited reserved seating and factors beyond the control of the operator, this product does not fall under the Trusted Tours and Attractions Guarantee program.