Memphis Walking Ghost Tour

Backbeat Tours

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  • 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.)


443 Reviews Rating: 4.2 4.2 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 20 43 1 = 42 94% 4.5
Last 6 months 33 69 2 = 67 94% 4.4
Last 12 months 67 119 6 = 113 93% 4.2
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Rating: 5
Gives your the goosebumps.......
Mon, Jun 29  8:30 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Now I'm a true believer who went on this ghost tour with my husband a non-believer and we both enjoyed it. The stories were great our tour guide *although soft spoken* still told excellent stories about each place we went too. It also showed us some fun places to go next time we were in town. Worth every penny spent!!! One tip thought BRING BUG SPRAY!!! :)
Rating: 5
great tour
Mon, Jun 29  8:30 PM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Great guide
Rating: 4
Very Enjoyable
Mon, Jun 22  8:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was a very informative and enjoyable tour. A lot of history and some good ghost stories.
Rating: 5
Great Ghost Tour
Fri, Jun 19  8:30 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I really enjoyed the ghost tour of downtown Memphis!
Rating: 5
Great tour!
Tue, Jun 16  8:30 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Tour was very interesting and informative. Our guide was super! She talked with everyone on the tour despite the

fact there was one kid who was a royal pain!
Rating: 3
could have been better
Fri, Jun 12  8:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Was very excited about this tour=-we walked two hours and heard four stories. would have thought that Memphis an old southern town would be chalk full of rumors and stories of eerie events ,,,well I guess not...we did hear briefly about yellow fever outbreak and the oldest brothel in Memphis...I'm just saying at twenty bucks a expects to atleast learn a little Memphis history
Rating: 5
So glad I went!!
Mon, Jun 8  8:30 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
I loved this tour!!!! I love ghost stories and buildings! I was a lil skeptical at first but it was soooooo great!! Learned so much history! And saw some creepy buildings!! Emily was an awesome tour guide! I've told everyone a/b this tour!!
Rating: 5
Great Tour!
Mon, Jun 1  8:30 PM Unspecified 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Our guide was very informative, fun, and gave us some Memphis history as well as the ghost stories! Definitely recommended! She was awesome!
Rating: 5
Ghost tour was awsome!
Tue, May 26  8:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I like ghost tours more for the historical value than the chance of seeing a ghost. Our tour guide was well versed on local history and we learned much more about Memphis history than we expected. We also got to walk through areas of Memphis that are away from the usual tourist route which was refreshing and very informative.
Rating: 2
Too much walking Not enough stories
Sun, May 24  8:00 PM Unspecified 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We walked and walked hoping for some good stories that never materialized

The walk was over two miles long. There were only four or five stories.

We only when into one building, all the rest was viewed from the street.

Stories were vague and non conclusive, in general the activity was a disappointment and a waste of time and money
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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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