Things to see in Nashville

Tourist offices

Visitor Information Centre

Address: Gaylord Entertainment Center, 501 Broadway, corner of Fifth Avenue, Nashville
Tel: +1 615 259 4747.
Opening Hours:

Mon-Sat 0800-1730, Sun 1000-1700.

More than just a tourist office, the hub of Nashville's visitor information also works as a great spot for people watching and the best place to shop for music-themed items. Local guides speak English and Spanish, and offer a plethora of maps, advice and leaflets in a beautiful glass building. The Visitor Information Centre also displays work by local artists.


Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau (tel: +1 615 259 4747; offers a variety of passes that give discounted entry to attractions. The Music City Total Access Pass offers free entry to four of 20 participating attractions, plus admission to The Parthenon. All are available from the Visitor Information Centre, or can be purchased online or by calling +1 800 657 6910.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Boasting a large musical collection, this museum provides self-guided tours that take visitors on a chronological journey through the history of country music, from its humble beginnings to the modern days. The Studio B tour also takes you to Elvis's favourite studio, the heart of Music Row and the birthplace of the Nashville Sound.

Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Address: 222 Fifth Avenue South, Tennessee, United States
Telephone: +1 615 416 2001
Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry began radio broadcast on 5 October 1925, making it the oldest continuous radio program in the United States. Apart from tuning in to Opry broadcast today, or streaming via its mobile app, you can also see live shows at the venue. Several tour packages are available, including backstage tour and tour that includes the Ryman Auditorium.

Opening Times: February to October
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Address: 2804 Opryland Dr, Tennessee, United States
Telephone: +1 615 871 6779

This full-scale replica of Greece's most famous building was erected in 1897 to house the international art exhibition for the Centennial Exposition. It now serves as Nashville's art museum, but the real focus of the Parthenon is the gilded 13m (42ft) re-created statue of the goddess Athena. The statue took eight years to build, and while walking or driving around the Parthenon at night, you may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of her through rarely opened doors as an event gathers under the stunning golden sculpture.

Opening Times: Tues-Sat 0900-1630 (year round); Sun 1230-1630 (Jun-Aug).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Address: West End and 25th Avenues, Centennial Park, Nashville, United States
Telephone: +1 615 862 8431
Ryman Auditorium

One of downtown Nashville's prime attractions is the original home of the Grand Ole Opry country music event from 1943 to 1974. By day, visitors can tour the auditorium, stand on the stage and hear anecdotes from the tour guides about the country stars who played here. In the evening the venue hosts a series of concerts. Memorabilia is also on display, with some stage outfits and guitars.

Opening Times: Daily 0900-1600; evening shows vary.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Address: 116 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, United States
Telephone: +1 615 889 3060
Adventure Science Center

Need a break from country music? Adventure Science Center is an excellent alternative. There is a range of exhibitions here, all center around biology, physcis, earth and space. The venue includes a 75-foot-tall adventure tower and the Sudekum Planetarium.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-1700 (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and MAD Bash)
Admission Fees:  Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Address: 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Tennessee, United States
Telephone: +1 615 862 5160
Belle Meade Plantation

The Belle Meade Plantation contains one of the oldest houses in Tennessee - a log cabin from 1790. The star attraction, however, is the 1853 Greek Revival Mansion, which has been lovingly restored to its original elegance. Other original outbuildings survive on the 12-hectare (30-acre) site, including the stables and a carriage house from the 1890s. Guides dressed in period costume give tours. There is also a visitor centre, tearoom and gift shop.

Opening Times: Daily 0900-1700.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Address: 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, United States
Telephone: +1 615 356 0501
Belmont Mansion

This Italianate mansion was built in 1853 by Adelicia Acklen, who at the time was one of the wealthiest women in America - thanks in part to her cotton trading with both sides during the Civil War. There are 16 rooms that are open to the public, with guided tours showing the original furniture and artworks. The grounds, now part of Belmont University, also contain a gazebo and statuary.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 1000-1600, Sunday 1300-1600.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: No
Address: 1900 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, United States
Telephone: +1 615 460 5459.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

This large park covers an area of 8 hectares (19 acres) to the north of the Tennessee State Capitol. The grounds contain 31 fountains (corresponding to the main rivers of Tennessee) and a vast granite map of the state. The park also has walks, a Wall of History, an amphitheatre and good views, especially leading up to the Capitol itself.

Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Address: 600 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, United States
Telephone: +1 615 741 5280.

Known as Nashville's 'Home of Art and Gardens' and also the Museum of Art, Cheekwood covers a site of 22 hectares (55 acres). The three-storey Georgian-style Cheek Mansion was built in the 1930s, by a successful local businessman, Leslie Cheek, and his wife Mabel. The art collection concentrates on local artists, such as the sculptor William Edmondson, who was the first African-American to have work displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York back in 1937. The gardens of the estate are magnificent and include a botanic hall and woodland sculpture trail.

Opening Times: Tues-Sun 0900-1700.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Address: 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, United States
Telephone: +1 615 356 8000
The Hermitage

The Hermitage was home to America's seventh president, Andrew Jackson, and it remains Nashville's national treasure, attracting 250,000 visitors every year. Jackson first bought the property in 1804 and some of its original log cabins still survive. Rather grander is the Greek revival mansion he built in 1837, which has been fully restored, containing almost all original period furnishings. The gardens are impressive too and there is a museum on the site, as well as a restaurant and gift shop.

Opening Times: Daily 0830-1700 (Apr-mid Oct); 0900-1630 (mid Oct-Mar).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Address: 4580 Rachel's Lane, Hermitage, Nashville, United States
Telephone: +1 615 889 2941
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