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Grand Ole Opry

The pride and joy of Nashville residents and hallowed ground for country music fans the world over.

Beginning in 1925 as a "barn dance," the Grand Ole Opry is the longest running radio show in American history. The two-hour program is broadcast live on Friday and Saturday nights, and on Tuesday nights March through December. Each show features a number of artists, from country music legends to budding artists, performing bluegrass, gospel, folk and country.

To be part of the Opry audience, head to the Grand Ole Opry House, nine miles (14.5 kilometers) from downtown Nashville. Here, near the banks of the Cumberland River, stands “America’s most famous stage.” Legends such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline all made their mark on the Grand Ole Opry stage. The tradition continues with contemporary artists like Keith Urban and Brad Paisley.

The Grand Ole Opry relocated at various times over the decades before settling into its latest home in 1974. Once inside, look center stage for the well-worn, dark oak circle, cut from the original stage at the Ryman Auditorium. Take a backstage tour for the chance to step onto this sacred piece of Americana. Every winter, the show returns to Ryman Auditorium, a converted tabernacle known as the "Mother Church of Country Music."

Beer, wine and snacks are available from concession stands at the venues. You are not allowed to bring in outside food. If you are after a sit-down meal, you should dine before your visit.

Backstage tours of the Grand Ole Opry House are available throughout the week and range from daytime backstage tours to post-show and VIP tours. The Grand Ole Opry Museum is located next door, so arrive an hour before showtime to explore the costumes, guitars and furniture of country music greats such as Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins and Hank Snow. Tickets are sold through the box office or on the official website.

Popular Activities at Grand Ole Opry

Would you like to make your stop at Grand Ole Opry even more special? Remember to try one or two of these activities:

Do you want to make your visit a bit more unique? A Grand Ole Opry Concert and a Grand Legends Tour are both worth thinking about.

Examine our Nashville things to do page to discover even more activities in the area.


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Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center $197
Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Of course all of the water features are interesting and unique, the gardens are beautiful!

    GuestHouse Nashville Music Valley
    Reviewed on May 19, 2019
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    GuestHouse Nashville Music Valley

    GuestHouse Nashville Music Valley

    2420 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN
       
      3.5 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Bathroom needs attention and bending machines were out of service.

      Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland $124
      Reviewed on May 9, 2019
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      Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland

      Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland

      220 Rudy Cir, Nashville, TN
         
        4.4 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Everything was neat clean and ready when we arrived.

        The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel $130
        Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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        The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel

        The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel

        2401 Music Valley Dr, Nashville, TN
           
          3.8 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Room was not worth $203 a night. That’s all I have to say!

          Best Western Suites Near Opryland $110
          Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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          Best Western Suites Near Opryland

          Best Western Suites Near Opryland

          201 Music City Circle, Nashville, TN
             
            4.2 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0

            pool wasn't open. Breakfast was great. rooms were nice.

            Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Nashville-Opryland $144
            Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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            Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Nashville-Opryland

            Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Nashville-Opryland

            2461 Mcgavock Pike, Nashville, TN
               
              4.4 of 5
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              The decor was amazing and the rooms were spaciuos. The staff was very professional

              Fiddler's Inn $79
              Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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              Fiddler's Inn

              Fiddler's Inn

              2410 Music Valley Drive, Nashville, TN
                 
                2.9 of 5
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Very friendly & helpful staff. Close to everything, including about 15-18 minutes to downtown Nashville. Clean rooms & efficient maid service. Breakfast for me was the Cracker Barrel close by. This is a great non fancy kind of place to stay.

                Wyndham Vacation Resorts - Nashville
                Reviewed on Apr 13, 2019
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                Wyndham Vacation Resorts - Nashville

                Wyndham Vacation Resorts - Nashville

                2415 Mcgavock Pike, Nashville, TN
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Shuttle costs were too high to downtown. We will not consider this hotel again