Memphis Walking Ghost Tour

Backbeat Tours

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Activity #1229
  • Visit legendary sites where music history was made and learn little-known facts about them from a professional musician and guide.

  • Join us for the legendary Memphis Mojo Tour to see the best of Memphis, and then enjoy an hour long guided tour of Sun Studio!

  • Join us to learn about the fascinating history and colorful characters that shaped Memphis into a rich cultural destination.

  • Experience the best of Memphis' downtown attractions, & discover the fascinating story of this unique river town & its inhabitants!

  • 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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Description

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.)

Reviews

529 Reviews Rating: 4.1 4.1 out of 5.0
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Rating: 3
Informative
Mon, May 23  8:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Tour guide was knowledgeable and gave good background information
Rating: 3
May 22nd Tour
Sun, May 22  8:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
I liked our guide but he was a bit 'windy' with unnecessary info. Also would like to have heard more on the history of Memphis.
Rating: 3
Ok, but not for skeptics
Fri, May 13  8:00 PM Male 40-49 Combination Family With Children
 
If you are a skeptic of ghosts like I am this tour won't do much to change your mind. The guide was personable and quite knowledgeable about Memphis history, but the ghost stories are vague, and entirely made up of heresay. Fun, but don't expect to have an encounter with ghosts.
Rating: 1
Review from a local Memphian
Fri, May 13  8:00 PM Unspecified Unspecified Local Unspecified
 
I attended the ghost tour on Friday the 13th for a good friend's birthday celebration. I have lived in downtown Memphis for 5 years now and absolutely love the camaraderie: seeing and speaking with people walking around, outdoor eating in the spring and summer time, and the history downtown holds. Due to all of this I was thoroughly excited about the tour. The tour itself was lovely, but the tour guide is the reason I am giving this review the ranking I am. The tour is outdoors so there are going to be people walking around as locals or visiting, there's nothing you can do about that but embrace it because it's part of the downtown feel people love. There was a woman walking by trying to figure out directions; the tour guide stopped talking and started clicking his hand against his plastic cup giving the woman a nasty look as if he wanted to tell her to move along. I thought this was extremely rude and disrespectful. Secondly, there was a man on the tour from out of town that appeared to have an injured ankle that was walking slower. Instead of walking slower with the group the man and his wife got left behind at the second location, so far that they had to cross Front St. by themselves and missed part of the story. They also got left behind walking to the Green Beetle but I stayed back to wait since I knew the area. They also got left behind and missed part of the talk by the infamous MLK assassination hotel. I didn't expect the tour guide to slow down completely, but there was zero effort made. Thirdly, when we were in front of E&H a man was mentioning to his wife how he would like to hang out at a local bar in the area after the tour. He was not being loud, we were outside for heaven's sake, and the tour guide called the gentleman out and said "is there something you'd like to say? Would you like to share with the group because I am sure everyone would like to hear? I'm trying to give a talk but if you'd like to speak then please go ahead? Are you sure?...are you sure?". This was completely uncalled for, extremely distracting, and ruined the tour in my opinion. Lastly, there was a woman who asked him about a restaurant in the area and if it was good, his response "yep." Being from Memphis, I would be appalled going on a tour as a visitor and thinking that even by a chance the people of Memphis acted like this. I don't know if this review will be seen by that specific tour guide, but I surely do hope it was brought to his attention because I will not be suggesting this tour to anyone based solely on the tour guide and his demeanor to the locals and tour attendees encountered and the injured man's treatment.
Rating: 4
G-G-G-Ghost!
Sat, May 7  8:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
We didn't see any ghosts, but would recommend this tour to friends and family. Guides were very enthusiastic.
Rating: 5
Very informative and fun!
Fri, May 6  8:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
 
This was my first ghost tour—or tour of any kind for that matter. I usually avoid them for being too "touristy" but this one was fantastic! My friend from out of town dragged me to it. The guide, Michael, was very personable, informative, and great to talk to. He's flexible and does his best to make sure you get everything you want out of the tour. Would definitely do again!
Rating: 4
excellent!
Thu, May 5  8:00 PM Unspecified 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
I learned alot about what else is in Memphis besides the music side. Alot of walking however worth tthe walk!
Rating: 5
So fun!
Thu, Apr 28  8:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
This was a great experience all around. So fun, so informative, and spine-chilling!
Rating: 4
Walking in Memphis
Sun, Apr 24  8:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
This is a great way to get familiar with the city and some of its history. Not super scary so good for the kids. Enjoyed our tour guide Katie.
Rating: 5
Memphis Walking Ghost Tour.
Sun, Apr 24  8:00 PM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Other
 
Easy to book. Excellent friendly guide. Interesting stories. Just the right distance and length of time. Highly recommend.
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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.

About

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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