Nashville, Tennessee audio tour: Downtown Nashville: Honky Tonks, History & Country Music

Downtown Nashville: Honky Tonks, History & Country Music

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

This walking tour takes you through the heart of downtown Nashville with Ed Owen, a long time local guide. He’ll share the history of the Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry while you walk down ‘Honky Tonk Row’ in Lower Broadway. You’ll also pass by numerous venues owned by well-known names like Blake Shelton, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Glen Campbell and more. Along the way, Ed will give you recommendations on where to grab a bite or sip.

By the end of the tour, you’ll know something about the city’s earliest settlers at Fort Nashborough, and understand how Nashville became the ‘Music City’. You’ll get a chance to take the best pictures around from the Siegenthaler Walking Bridge, visit the Nashville Walk of Fame, and hear stories about the Country Music Hall of Fame. Ed will even teach you to talk like a genuine Tennessean! You’ll wind up at Nudie’s Honky Tonk, where you can hear fantastic music and feast your eyes on some of the genre’s greatest outfits of the past, including Elvis Presley’s gold lame suit!

Tour Producer


Ed Owen

Ed Owen has shown thousands of visitors, from all over the world, HIS Nashville! He's a former radio & television announcer and has been around this city all his life. You'll get details from him you'd never find on your own.

Major Landmarks

  • Ryman Auditorium

  • Tootsie's Purple Orchid Lounge

  • Blake Shelton's 'Ole Red'

  • Dierks Bentley's 'Whiskey Row'

  • Margaritaville

  • Jason Aldean's Bar

  • Historic 2nd Avenue

  • Fort Nashborough

  • Alan Jackson's 'Acme Feed & Seed'

  • Johnny Cash & Patsy Cline Museums

  • Siegenthaler Walking Bridge

  • Nashville Walk of Fame

  • Country Music Hall of Fame

  • Bridgestone Arena & Nashville Visitors Center

  • Nudie's Lounge

  • Elvis' very own gold lame suit!

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins on 4th Avenue at the steps of the Ryman Auditorium.

Show Directions
Buying for somebody else?
If you’d like to give VoiceMap tours as a gift, you have two options: choose the tours yourself, or buy a voucher redeemable against any of VoiceMap’s tours in 167 cities worldwide.
Buy a gift voucher
VoiceMap tours for large groups
If you’d like to provide groups of guests with access to a VoiceMap tour, you can buy a specific number of copies for a particular event or obtain a license for more regular use.
Find out more


Places to stop along the way

The Ryman Auditorium, Tootsie's, the River District, the Goo Goo Shop, Siegenthaler Walking Bridge, Nashville Walk of Fame, Nashville Visitors Center, Nudie's Honky Tonk (and there are about 40 OTHER places that might 'catch your eye... or ear')

Best time of day

Best start time would be after 10:30 AM. If you start earlier, some of the attractions along the way may not be open. This tour could also be done at night which will give your photographs an entirely new perspective.


Downtown Nashville is a safe area, but use common sense. Keep your valuables close to you and items like wallets in a location where you control them. And keep in mind there is a lot of drinking going on so watch out for erratic behavior from the 'party animals'.


This was the most enjoyable city tour I've taken. I stopped to get a snack and drink which is something you can't do on a regular tour, then I picked right back up and didn't miss a beat. Instead of wandering just looking at stuff or reading info on GOOGLE which is not conducive to walking, I got not only what exactly everything was, but some really cool history to go with it. I'm spoiled now for visiting cities any other way. PS) I never got lost, the guide is really good at helping you know where you are at all times.

Posted by Kathleen Cosgrove , 5 months ago

Thank you for the comment! I hope you didn't have trouble finding a snack and a drink! :)

Posted by Ed , 5 months ago

Glad you enjoyed our wonderful city!

Posted by Ed , 7 months ago

Quick and easy once set up.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 7 months ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Downtown Nashville: Honky Tonks, History & Country Music