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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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.)


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Rating: 4
Fri, Sep 25  8:00 PM Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Being from Memphis, it was interesting to learn things about the city that I wasn't aware of. Thought our guide did a nice job!
Rating: 2
Disappointed with this tour.
Sat, Sep 12  8:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
If you just arrived in town this tour provides a good orientation to downtown Memphis but as far as the ghost stories go it wasn't that exciting. The stories were too long as was the tour. We ended the tour away from the area we started and were unable to get a return trolley. We had to walk back to our hotel on our own in area that was off the beaten path. (Maybe we were just too tired from traveling and should have considered the tour on another night.)
Rating: 3
Sat, Sep 12  8:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
I had high hopes for this tour. The guide was nice and knowledgable but the tour was a snooze. We didn't get to go into any buildings until the very end. It was a bar and it looked like there was some pretty sketchy stuff going on upstairs !!! Then the ride didn't show up so we had to walk back to our car. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Rating: 5
Had a great time
Mon, Sep 7  8:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
Had a great time and the girl who did our tour for us was very knowledgeable about not only the haunted aspects but about Memphis as well. We learned so much about the area and really appreciate her telling us all that she knew. I have recommended her and ya'll to everyone and will continue to do so.

I love history, it is my passion. I think her job is a great one to be able to have.

Thanks, Rachel
Rating: 4
Sat, Sep 5  8:00 PM Female 30-39 Unspecified Group of Friends
We had a great time.
Rating: 3
Guide was fantastic but tour felt overbooked...
Sat, Sep 5  8:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Myself and two friends attended the walking ghost tour. The guide was very personable and obviously had a lot of knowledge! I fully believe the experience would have been fantastic had we not gone with such a large number of people. Our tour group was 25, which made tromping through the city and regrouping difficult. I wanted to learn more but it seemed like our awesome guide was cut off and talked over quite a bit by a few of the more "interesting" people that made up the 25 (which was not his fault). I'd definitely like to attend again but would suggest that Backbeat book smaller tours or plan for large ones by using more than one guide.
Rating: 4
Fri, Aug 28  8:30 PM Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Loved the walking tour and the historical info about the neighborhood!
Rating: 4
Tour was interesting!
Sun, Aug 23  8:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable! We had a great time!
Rating: 4
Ghost Tour with Emily
Thu, Aug 20  8:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Lots of interesting facts about the darker side of Memphis. Emily is sweet and loves her city of Memphis. It was a fun alternative to Beale street for evening activity.
Rating: 4
Great Tour
Wed, Aug 19  8:30 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I really enjoyed myself. A lot of history downtown.
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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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