Ryman Auditorium (also known as Grand Ole Opry House and Union Gospel Tabernacle) is a 2,362-seat live-performance venue located at 116 5th Avenue North, in Nashville, Tennessee. It is best known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 and is owned and operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. Ryman Auditorium was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and was later designated a National Historic Landmark on June 25, 2001, for its pivotal role in the popularization of country music.Start your trip to Nashville by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
Tours to Ryman Auditorium
$99 BOOK WITH VIATOR Discover Nashville City Tour with Entry to Ryman & Country Music Hall of Fame
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
$27 BOOK WITH VIATOR Ryman Auditorium "Mother Church of Country Music" Self-Guided Tour in Nashville
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
$68 BOOK WITH VIATOR Guided Bicycle Tour of Downtown Nashville and Neighborhoods
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
$85 BOOK WITH VIATOR Evening, Sunset, or Night Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (15-Minutes)
Duration: 15 minutes
Ryman Auditorium reviews
Loved the history. Would have loved to go on the stage but they were preparing for a show. I liked it better than the Country Music Hall of Fame more »
I took the Backstage tour and it was well worth it! Very interesting history! Next time I have to go for a performance!! more »
This is where country music got its big start and the self-guided tour was excellent! Interesting displays and wonderfully maintained space. more »
Historic venue in downtown Nashville that offers a good variety of performances. We went to see the Fisk Jubilee singers and India Arie while in town for a few days and both were excellent. We bought less expensive seats in the balcony area which was fine for viewing and acoustics; the only downside was the seating is basically church pews with not enough space if there are above average sized people in your row (I think there are 6/bench), which means you might need to be comfortable with rubbing thighs with a stranger, and everyone has to move out of the pew into the aisle to let people in and out.
Quite possibly THE best place I have ever been to watch a concert, no matter who you like. It is acoustically correct from every seat in the house. The site lines are great from almost every seat. Highly recommend going to see your favorite artist at this venue. We happen to see Gary Clark, Jr. who put on quit a show.
We did the self-guided tour as one of our Music City All Access passes. It was cool to be in such an historic place and to learn some of the history to it. A lot of the info throughout the building repeated itself so it became a little boring. It was also really nice to be able to take a picture on stage with our own camera without having to pay for one from the photographer that's there.
The Ryman is one of the best places in the world to see a show... sound quality, atmosphere, and hospitality are all top notch. Just beware, if you are over 6'3, and you sit on the balcony, your knees WILL dig into the pew in front of you... its not typically as bad on the ground floor, because of the angle. But even with the hard seats and minimal leg room, I've been to many many shows here and never had a bad experience inside.
Overall a good experience. Unfortunately the guided tours were all booked up so we are good at doing the self-guided tour. Easy to navigate and lots of interesting material. Definitely a trip down memory lane. Put it on the bucket list if you were going to Nashville. We didn’t realize at the time we bought our tickets but you could also get a show for a ticket for the musical entertainment that same evening. Unfortunately, by the time we figure that out, they were all sold out for that day. Worth checking into if you were going down to Nashville. Would be cool to see a live show in that historic venue..
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