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Beale Street

Beale Street

Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, 38103

The Basics

Music lovers—as well as those just looking for a fun night out in downtown Memphis—will not want to pass up an opportunity to visit the "Home of the Blues." Nearly every sightseeing tour in Memphis makes a stop on this iconic stretch of road, and those who really want to dig into the history can take a walking tour of the street to learn about its musical haunts and legendary performers. After a day spent exploring Memphis, Beale Street sets the scene for a lively, music-fueled night on the town to eat, drink, and dance in the footsteps of legendary greats such as BB King, Louis Armstrong, and WC Handy.

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Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
$16.46 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fun hour
Amazing quick tour and extremely informative! So much history packed into an hour. I hope this area continues to grow and thrive!
Cynthia_J, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Memphis

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Beale Street Walking Tour 10/23/2021
Connie_S, Oct 2021
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
Fun and informative tour. Our guide did a great job explaining the history of Beale Street and it’s importance.
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New perspective on Beale St.
Mark_H, Oct 2021
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
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.
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Downtown Memphis & Beale Street
Patricia_I, Nov 2021
Beale Street Private Tour with entrance to Sun Studio
It was raining & it was Thanksgiving so the streets were empty! Could still pick up the great vibe though
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Great hot day on Beale street!
hugh_T, Aug 2021
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
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!
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A must!
Sherry_D, Jul 2021
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
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.
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Perfect History Walk to Add to your Memphis Experience
Jill_M, Jun 2021
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
Great tour!! The walk up and down Beale Street was a walk through the history of Memphis along with some fun info about Memphis' most famous resident - Elvis and a little Civil Rights history. Shannon was an extremely engaging, energetic and knowledgable guide. This tour added depth to our Memphis experience and made our trip as interesting as it was fun.
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The Hot and Humid History of Beale Street
Marie_H, Jul 2021
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
Our guide gave us the background on the events in the city leading up to Dr. King’s assassination. It was riveting.
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Great Tour
EVA_V, Jun 2021
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
The guide was fantastic! She was very informative We learned a lot. Everyone enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it
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Excellent Tour!
Tonya_T, Jun 2021
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
You could tell the tour guide was passionate and knowledgeable about Beale St. and it’s sordid past.
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Worthwhile
Rochelle_F, Jun 2021
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
Shannon was knowledgeable, sharing interesting historical information on Memphis. Helpful for understanding the area.
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Great tour - recommend it!
Grace_P, Jun 2021
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
Very educational with a lot of fun facts by Jay. She made it very interesting and had great recommendations, etc.
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Beale street walk
Leslie_G, Jun 2021
Beale Street Guided Walking Tour
The guide was wonderful. She was very upbeat, fun and easy to listen to. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with her!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Beale Street is a must-see for music lovers and night owls.

  • Don’t forget to bring a valid ID if you want to enter bars and clubs.

  • Some bars on Beale Street with live music charge a small cover fee.

  • Expect shoulder-to-shoulder crowds at night, especially on weekends.

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How to Get to Beale Street

The most convenient way to reach Beale Street is by road, and there are several parking garages within walking distance. Several Memphis hotels offer free shuttle services to the district, and it’s also accessible via the Main Street Trolley or on a tour that includes roundtrip transport to and from area hotels.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Beale Street depends on what you want out of the experience. By day, the entertainment district has few crowds and is more kid-friendly, ideal for visiting the specialty shops and restaurants. Those expecting Beale Street's legendary party atmosphere should wait until the sun goes down and the neon lights go on. As a top hot spot in one of America’s most musically rich cities, Beale Street features live music and jam sessions pretty much every night of the week. Unlike in the rest of Memphis, some bars here stay open until 5am. Expect the biggest crowds during the Beale Street Music Festival in May.

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The Best Places to Hear Beale Street Blues

All sorts of styles of musical acts take to the stages of Beale Street. To feast your ears on authentic blues played by great musicians, head to establishments such as BB King's Blues Club, Rum Boogie Cafe, Mr. Handy's Blues Hall, or Handy Park, where a local rag-tag band sometimes plays in the afternoons.

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