Memphis Walking Ghost Tour

Backbeat Tours

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  • Board our music bus to Graceland with a Platinum Pass to see all the attractions, from Elvis memorabilia to his cars and custom jets!

  • Tour the King of Rock’n’Roll’s Memphis stomping grounds, from his high school to Sun Studio and the Overton Park Shell.

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Do you believe in ghosts?  Beyond the rhythms of Beale Street's blues lies a darker history of vice, voodoo, phantoms, ghosts and lost souls.
During this two-hour tour, your guide will lead you through the dark mysteries and spooky tales behind such haunted sites as:
  • The Orpheum Theater, home of "Mary," who has haunted performances since 1921
  • John Alexander Austin House, a Victorian era mansion haunted by lovers
  • Potontoc Hotel, haunted by former caretaker Sidney; we see paranormal phenomena here on an almost weekly basis.  
  • The notorious Ernestine & Hazel's, a former brothel long recognized as one of the most haunted buildings in Memphis.  It is home to several ghosts as well as a haunted jukebox.  
Please note, this tour is primarily outside.   We do go into Ernestine & Hazel's, but we are unable to go inside the Orpheum Theater or any of the private residences. 

The tour is appropriate for all ages. Join us today to experience the haunted side of Memphis. 

Offered nightly, March through October; Saturdays only in November. 

On Saturday, JULY 19, we are hosting the Ultimate Memphis Ghost Hunt, a special one-time-only tour. The tour features paranormal investigations of the city's most haunted places led by professional ghost hunters. For information and tickets, click on Ultimate Memphis Ghost Hunt.

What Is Not Included?

Food and beverages are not included on the tour. Feel free to bring your own!

The tour offers an exploration of Ernestine & Hazel's.  The rest of the tour is outside.

Meeting Location

Near the corner of 2nd and Beale Streets, Downtown (Memphis, TN) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


433 Reviews Rating: 4.2 4.2 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Fabulous Historic/Ghost Tour
Tue, May 19  8:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was probably one if the best ghost tours we have been on in years. Emily was very knowledgeable of the downtown Memphis area and not only discussed location of ghosts but the reason why there might be ghosts in this location.
Rating: 5
Sun, May 17  8:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Patrick was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He truly loves his City. Very important in a tour guide.
Rating: 4
Great tour guide, tour itself is lackluster
Tue, May 12  8:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Our tour guide (Sarah?) was wonderful. She is very knowledgeable about the hauntings, Memphis history, and conveys the stories well. The beginning is a bit disjointed, but it can't be helped, due to the start location and the first relevant ghost location.

I have been on other ghost tours and although this provided great insight into the hauntings, much of the tours were spent outside of buildings. Most locations were discussed on the sidewalk outside or across the street from the haunted location. On other tours, I have been inside more of the locations.

If it's suppose to be a nice evening and you like your hauntings with a healthy dose of history and light on creepy, this is a great tour.
Rating: 4
Introduction to Haunted Memphis
Fri, May 8  8:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Good Tour--fun! Tour guide led us through old downtown Memphis with haunted stories of Memphis past! Fun Tour--some stops were far more scarier than others! Might be more fun on a non-weekend night when the city is a little less crowded.
Rating: 4
Awesome!!! Great time
Mon, May 4  8:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
It was lots of fun not only learned a lot about Memphis but had an experience to remember!! Perfect couples date night..spirits and all!!
Rating: 3
a bit boring
Mon, Apr 27  8:00 PM Male 40-49 Unspecified Couple on a Date
learned a little history but the tour was a bit boring
Rating: 5
A really really good time
Sat, Apr 25  8:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We enjoyed the history behind each ghost story. Helped us see sites like the Loraine Hotel and eat at the Arcade diner that we were not planning to visit. Highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
A good blend of history and hauntings
Sat, Apr 25  8:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My daughter and I went on the tour. It was a really good blend of historical and hauntings. The guide was very knowledgeable with a good down to earth personality. It is a lot of walking so wear good shoes. I would recommend to anyone and will do another tour on next trip.
Rating: 5
Excellent tour and Guide
Thu, Apr 23  8:00 PM Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
I've been in Memphis for a while now, the tour was filled with interesting ghost stories and history. The Guide also gave interesting historical, current, and pop-culture factos throughout the Tour. She was very knowledgeable about Memphis and the material in general.
Rating: 5
Fun Tour
Wed, Apr 22  8:00 PM Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Sarah was our guide for the Ghost Tour and we really enjoyed it. She provided some very interesting and at times creepy stories and interesting places to visit (Hazel and Ernestine's). Sarah is a history buff so we received the added bonus of some historical tidbits on our tour as well which I enjoyed.
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Tickets must be purchased in advance in order to guarantee your spots on the tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, book well in advance!
Can children go on the tour?
We love children! Children between the ages of 7 and 12 have a reduced priced ticket. Children under 7 can come on the tour for free but must secure a ticket. The tour is appropriate for children, although keep in mind that there will be eerie tales told.
What happens if it rains?
The tour will run in most moderate weather conditions. In the event of unsafe or severe weather, we would have to cancel the tour, and you would be allowed to reschedule subject to availability or receive credit for a future event.
If the tour is sold out can I get on a waiting list?
Unfortunately we do not have waiting lists for our tours. Check another date and time, or check out our other offered tours!
Are there any stops during the tour?
We will stop briefly at each site to hear detailed stories about the ghosts and spirits at that place. We may or may not enter a site or two depending on the tour.
How much walking is involved?
You will be on your feet for the duration of the two-hour tour, but we will be walking at a leisurely pace. The tour will cover just under 1 mile.
Where does the tour end?
The tour will end exactly where it began!
Who will my tour guide be?
You will not be guaranteed to have any particular tour guide on the tour. All of our guides are certified professionals and will provide you with a fun, unforgettable experience!
Should I tip my tour guide?
If you enjoyed the trip, tips are highly appreciated!
What is the difference between your tours?
The Walking Ghost Tour and the Dark Side of Memphis tour both visit Memphis after-dark and explore its haunted history, but differ in the sites they see and the length of the tour. The Historic Memphis tour includes sites relating to the city's founding, early cotton trade, Civil War, and 19th and 20th century events. We also have several sightseeing bus tours: a general Memphis Mojo tour (that includes on Friday and Saturday mornings a guided tour of Sun Studio), an Elvis - based Hound Dog tour that includes a guided tour of Sun Studio, and a tour that visits Graceland with a Platinum Pass included!
Are there any foods or beverages on the tour?
There are no foods or beverages included on the tour; however, there are some beverages available at the meeting location. Water and sodas are $2, and beer is $4.50.
Can I bring my own food and beverages on the tour?
Yes! You can bring any foods, alcoholic, or nonalcoholic beverages you would like on the tour. Keep in mind that although you may have alcohol outside on Beale Street legally, elsewhere in the city you will be required to keep your drink in a paper bag.
What should I bring with me on the tour?
We recommend that you bring cash in case you decide to purchase drinks at the meeting location or tip your hard working guide! Other than that, bring any essentials you may need, and most of all - good spirits!
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Wheelchairs should be able to navigate the streets of the tour just as well as the rest of us! The terrain is relatively flat and if you're in a wheelchair you should have no problem. For more information, click on "Contact Backbeat".
Do you offer private group tours?
Yes! If you are interested in arranging a private group event or booking a private walking tour, please click on the "Contact Backbeat" link for more information.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.


Backbeat Tours

Founded in 2006 by owner Bill Patton and a group of Memphis musicians who all share a common passion for Memphis music and history, Backbeat Tours has already gained a reputation for being one of the city’s most unique and entertaining attractions. Experience the music and high-energy fun while you see the sites where modern popular culture began.

In addition to the walking ghost tour, Backbeat also offers a walking history tour of downtown Memphis, and several bus sightseeing tours. Check out all these one-of-a-kind tours today!
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