Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

Music Venue, Concert Hall, and Historic and Protected Site
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    JD M.
    "I've sat in every section and there's not a bad seat in the house."(11 Tips)
    "... Auditorium, or the "Mother Church of Country Music", opened for traveling ministers in 1892..."(6 Tips)
    Tyler R.
    "balcony tickets and prepare to weep from the beauty of the venue"(23 Tips)
    Angie O.
    "The backstage tour was the best with Danielle!!"(3 Tips)
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  • David S.heart icon on user image
    David SchwartzApril 27, 2018
    It is a must venue for music lovers. Fantastic acoustics, historic site and a cozy setting. No matter who you see here, you will have a great time. It's worth the trip. Tours are available.
    Upvoted Apr 5
  • Kelsey Y.heart icon on user image
    Kelsey YoungApril 9, 2018
    It’s called the Mother Church of Country Music for a reason. Atmosphere is unique & the sound is just 1000x’s better here. Personally, I would much rather see artists here than in an arena. 🎶
  • Rex H.
    Rex HammockOctober 9, 2011
    Look for any reason to attend a concert in this beautifully restored musical treasure, regularly cited as one of the best musical venues of its size in the U.S. No bad seats and incredible acoustics.
    Upvoted Mar 26
  • Christine M.heart icon on user image
    Christine McKennaJanuary 28, 2015
    the ryman is the best place to hear a concert in nashville, hands down! so many great bands come thru here. pros: intimate space, amazing acoustics, beer... cons: hard to dance if you feel like it!
  • Tammy G.heart icon on user image
    Tammy GonzalezDecember 8, 2017
    Saw an ALS fundraiser concert and small venue where view is awesome. I was in balcony church pew seating and I felt like I was 5 rows back from stage. I hear their tours are great too.
  • Stephanie D.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie DMarch 10, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    If you’re a music lover, you have to see a show here ASAP. It’s mandatory. The Ryman is a magical place. And I suggest parking at the library garage, entering on 6th St... it’s $10 after 5pm.
  • Tyler R.
    Tyler RidingsJuly 8, 2014
    My favorite venue in all of Nashville (possibly the world). If you get the option, choose balcony tickets and prepare to weep from the beauty of the venue and your favorite artist's show.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANJune 27, 2016
    Ryman Auditorium, or the "Mother Church of Country Music", opened for traveling ministers in 1892 and also served as the Grand Ole Opry beginning in 1943. To learn more watch this C-SPAN video. Read more
  • Kelsey Y.heart icon on user image
    Kelsey YoungApril 9, 2018
    I imagine Tori Kelly’s vocals at the Ryman is what it sounds like in heaven. Her vocals & the venue sound is literal perfection. 🎶 Top 5 concerts I’ve been too! 🎵
  • Mike S.
    Mike SeilbackDecember 19, 2014
    Historic music venue in the former tabernacle. Amazing acoustics and a great place to see world class musicians and the famous Grand Ole Opry
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    One of the most beautiful places in Nashville, and an incredibly magical venue to see your favorite musician perform. Everyone from Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan and Neil Young have graced its stage. Read more
  • LorMavenheart icon on user image
    LorMavenSeptember 30, 2017
    Visiting from New Jersey. Saw Father John Misty. Great sound and great view. I don’t think there’s a bad seat in the house. Security scanners at the door are much nicer than what I usually encounter.
  • Tim M.heart icon on user image
    Tim MarkhamJanuary 20, 2017
    Wow! We took the guided tour and it was worth it. So much history. You could easily spend a few hours here.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    This one-time tabernacle church is an experience you will not soon forget, and there is not a bad seat in the house. Everyone should see a show here at least once in their lives. Read more
  • Kelsey Y.heart icon on user image
    Kelsey YoungApril 9, 2018
    Dustin Lynch at the Opry at the Ryman 🎶 ... Pro Tip: During November & December if you get tickets to the Opry, your show will be at the Ryman due to the Rockettes show held at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • David H.heart icon on user image
    David HitchingsNovember 25, 2016
    Went for a late self guided tour on a performance day and got to see the performance warming up which was cool. History of the Ryman video is an experience.
  • Jim A.heart icon on user image
    Jim A.September 17, 2016
    This is an amazing historical review of how bluegrass and country music found its voice in America. I enjoyed this tour much more than I thought I would!
  • Cherise M.
    Cherise MingusJuly 28, 2011
    A concert at The Ryman is an intimate experience. Balcony seats are best but you can't go wrong with seats anywhere. I have seen The Avett Brothers & Bon Iver here. It's the best venue in the south!
  • Dustin S.
    Dustin SoperJuly 10, 2018
    This is the most legendary concert venue in Nashville. Get to the Merch table (2nd Floor) early - they make exclusive Hatch Prints for nearly every show!
  • Colin L.
    Colin LordFebruary 25, 2015
    The self guided tour is great. They'll literally let you just wander around the building looking at stuff. You can take as much or as little time as you like.
  • Lucky Magazine
    Lucky MagazineJuly 5, 2012
    It started as a church, then served as The Grand Ole Opry. Now, it’s one of the country’s most famous music venues. David Byrne with St. Vincent, The Shins and Crosby Stills and Nash are playing soon.
  • stephanie s.
    stephanie s.July 4, 2018
    Beautiful venue with fantastic acoustics! Balcony seats are wonderful. Can't wait to return!
  • Hotel Indigo
    Hotel IndigoApril 24, 2013
    Home to the Grand Ole Opry® from 1943 to 1974, the Mother Church of Country Music, complete with the original stained glass windows, now hosts world-class musicians from across the musical spectrum. Read more
  • JBL
    JBLJune 4, 2013
    When you're finished with the Country Music Hall of Fame, take in a show at the historical Ryman Auditorium. It's been around since the 1800s and is called the "Mother Church of Country Music."
  • Jim R.heart icon on user image
    Jim RobertFebruary 19, 2016
    We attended the Nashville for Africa concert and it was fabulous. We also at before the concert at their new cafe and the food was great.
  • CMT
    CMTAugust 30, 2011
    The "mother church" of country music is the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. The atmosphere and acoustics are spectacular in any section, but experiencing a show from the balcony is unforgettable.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DargavellJanuary 25, 2012
    Shows at the Ryman are always great and we are proud to work with one of the best venues in the world! by: AEG...They are also ACM venue of the year & Pollstar theatre of the year.
  • Miguel G.
    Miguel GonzalezDecember 9, 2018
    The "stage level" section which is typically called the Orchestra section is called the "Mezzanine Section" and the upstairs second level is the "Balcony Section"
  • John M.heart icon on user image
    John MichalkoMarch 4, 2016
    All great seats and sound. Drinks are a little pricey. $9 for mixed drinks and tap beers. Sitting on church pews so bring a cushion.
  • JD M.heart icon on user image
    JD MaloneSeptember 9, 2017
    Beautiful venue that has been recently restored. I've sat in every section and there's not a bad seat in the house.
  • Kyra K.heart icon on user image
    Kyra KilianJuly 28, 2016
    Amazing! I could "feel" the presence as soon as I walked in the door. A must do in Nashville. (Military discount offered)
  • Greg B.heart icon on user image
    Greg BOctober 21, 2017
    What an awesome place. You can just feel the history. As others have said, attend a concert if you can, the experience will be 2nd to nothing else!
  • Megan M
    Megan MApril 29, 2010
    Best place to see live music! Acoustics are the best in Nashville plus there's not a bad seat in the house. Faves that I've seen here are Keith Urban and the Black Crowes, and I'm looking forward to
  • Megan M.heart icon on user image
    Megan McNeillApril 26, 2013
    The combo tour (guided backstage tour and self-guided around the rest) is well worth the $14 ticket price. Mariel was a great tour guide.
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LAugust 18, 2013
    Good venue. Downstairs audience stands for most of the concert. Get seats in the balcony if you want to sit during event. Remember, it used to be a church...
  • Jenny U.heart icon on user image
    Jenny UngJanuary 4, 2016
    Cool interactive video to start off the personal guided tour, I was throughly impressed! A must-visit for Nashville!
  • Lacy P.
    Lacy PaschalApril 1, 2012
    Sitting on the first few rows in the balcony is the best seat in the house in my opinion :) GREAT view and of course the sound in the Ryman is great anywhere.
  • David C.heart icon on user image
    David CalhounNovember 11, 2013
    Fantastic venue! If you can't get floor seats close to the stage, go for the balcony. Always a great view!
  • James M.
    James MooreJune 24, 2018
    Not a bad seat in the house. The balcony is awesome!
  • Sander B.heart icon on user image
    Sander BruinsmaOctober 1, 2015
    Take the guided tour to get a unique view of the backstage area
  • Lyn H.
    Lyn HMarch 13, 2011
    Acoustically the best place to see live music in Nashville. Jack's BBQ off the Ryman alley has some amazing ribs! Sit on the alley patio and gawk at the groupies after the show.
  • Derek E.
    Derek EllisMay 9, 2014
    There is nothing like a show from the balcony. Larry Gatlin, Tj Shepard, and Jamey Johnson made it a fun night.
  • Sherpa Concerts
    Sherpa ConcertsMarch 29, 2012
    Nashville's best live music is at the Ryman, and Tedeschi Trucks Band will only prove that further when they rock this place on 4/29. That's a show you do not want to miss! Read more
  • Lori W.
    Lori WiensDecember 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have a chance to see ANY music act @ The Ryman, GO FOR IT! There's really not a bad seat in the whole place! An awesome, sacred experience, no matter what act you are seeing!
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrownAugust 13, 2017
    Very nice place to learn about Music City's history
  • Erik G.heart icon on user image
    Erik Gl.April 28, 2017
    Ambiance music and history in one place. See a show, any show and it'll be great
  • Staceyheart icon on user image
    StaceyApril 22, 2016
    So much Nashville history within these walls. A great stop for all visitors regardless of your opinion about country music.
  • Chris I.heart icon on user image
    Chris IngramJanuary 12, 2014
    The History and the feel of this place is awesome and seeing the Opry here for the first time was incredible!!!!!
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KasicFebruary 7, 2016
    Get there early to pick up a Hatch Show Print at the Kerch stand on the 2nd floor. They only sell ~200 per show.
  • Scott B.heart icon on user image
    Scott BryantOctober 4, 2016
    Intimate & historic venue makes for a great time!
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