Memphis Walking Ghost Tour

Backbeat Tours

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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.)


423 Reviews Rating: 4.2 4.2 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 13 26 1 = 25 92% 4.4
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Rating: 5
Lots of Fun
Thu, Apr 2  8:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I'm definitely a skeptic, and I just wanted to go on this tour for kicks. It was a lot of spooky fun, and the tour guide even took the time to show us historical non haunted locations.
Rating: 4
Interesting and Fun
Mon, Mar 30  8:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The walk was very interesting. I especially liked going upstairs of the bar/restaurant and listening to the history and checking out the rooms.

The only suggestion may be to have the guide be a true story teller. She was very friendly and accommodating though.
Rating: 5
excellent tour
Mon, Mar 30  8:00 PM Male 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
Emily did a great job. Very knowledgeable about both the haunts and history of memphis.
Rating: 5
Very cool experience.
Sun, Mar 29  8:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was the best ghost tour I have been on. Our guide included stories, history, and ghosts. I even got several orbs in my pictures. Defiantly a must do in Memphis.
Rating: 5
Had a great time on haunted tour
Wed, Mar 18  8:00 PM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
It was a rainy and rather cold night in late March when I took the ghost walk in Memphis with my daughter and grown granddaughter. Despite the conditions, we all enjoyed the tour very much. Our guide was so friendly, offered plenty of information about each site along the way and was happy to answer any questions we had. I would recommend this activity to anyone interested in ghosts, hauntings and haunted locations. Next time I am in Memphis, I'm going to do it again but hopefully in better weather!
Rating: 5
So fun
Tue, Mar 17  8:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We wanted something to do on St Patrick's day besides crowd in with the drinks on Beale Street. This tour was the perfect evening activity. The walking was refreshing, the stops,and the historical info was really interesting. By far what made this such a great tour was the guide, Emily. She was well spoken and had lots of side info too. She managed the group well, keeping the boring long talkers in the group from monopolizing the conversations. Well done!
Rating: 4
Was fun and interesting
Mon, Mar 16  8:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Patrick was our guide. He did a great job. Gave us suggestions of other things to do while in town also.
Rating: 2
just another tour
Mon, Mar 16  8:00 PM Female 40-49 Unspecified Unspecified
Our tour guide new some history on memphis, but many of his stories conflicted with the truth as per the museums or news articles. He commented as much on things to do and restaurants to enjoy as he did hauntings, which is not why I booked this. The 4 or 5 sites were weak and he repeated his stories over and over making it quite boring. Would not recommend.
Rating: 5
Too real
Fri, Mar 13  8:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Patrick gave us a very informative history tour. His passion for Memphis was heartfelt along with his ghostly stories. His gentle warning of one sight, should be taken seriously! At least for me!!! I do not believe I will ever forget that place!!! Truly a ghostly experience!!
Rating: 4
Tue, Mar 10  8:00 PM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Was in town for a service trip with college students. we were busy during the day but wanted a tour at night so went on the ghost tour. Would have preferred a historic tour that met our schedule.
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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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