Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

Music Venue, Concert Hall, and Historic Site
  • Hotel Indigo
    "... from 1943 to 1974, the Mother Church of Country Music, complete with the original stained glass..."(5 Tips)
    Tyler R.
    "balcony tickets and prepare to weep from the beauty of the venue"(18 Tips)
    Megan M
    "bad seat in the house."(8 Tips)
    Angie O.
    "The backstage tour was the best with Danielle!!"(3 Tips)
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  • 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.
  • Christine M.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MarkhamJanuary 20
    Wow! We took the guided tour and it was worth it. So much history. You could easily spend a few hours here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Megan M.
    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.
  • 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
  • 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...
  • John M.
    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.
  • Lori W.
    Lori WiensDecember 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ 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!
  • 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
  • Ian K.
    Ian KonskerSeptember 16, 2011
    Its truly a spectacular venue, whether ur there there to see music or stand up acoustics are amazing and every seat is the best seat in the house.
  • Jim A.
    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!
  • Lorren S.
    I saw Imogen Heap here at the Ryman. Amazing experience. Not a bad seat in the whole building. Eat at one of the many restaurants downtown and see a show here. Makes for an excellent night out. :)
  • David H.
    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.
  • David C.
    David CalhounNovember 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic venue! If you can't get floor seats close to the stage, go for the balcony. Always a great view!
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Justin W.
    Justin WilsonMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best venue in the world. If you are buying tickets late, you are better off anywhere on the balcony than way back on the floor level.
  • 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!
    HISTORYJuly 7, 2010
    Previously known as the Grand Old Opry House, this auditorium first opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. It was built by Thomas Ryman & renamed in his honor after his death.
  • Leigh Anne B.
    Leigh Anne BusterAugust 19, 2014
    Be careful where your seats are. There are support columns that obstruct view and being seated under the balcony can obstruct view if you're tall.
  • Jenny U.
    Jenny UngJanuary 4, 2016
    Cool interactive video to start off the personal guided tour, I was throughly impressed! A must-visit for Nashville!
  • Sander B.
    Sander BruinsmaOctober 1, 2015
    Take the guided tour to get a unique view of the backstage area
  • Chris I.
    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!!!!!
  • Anna T.
    Anna T.June 14, 2013
    Can't be on your phone... Get a large draft beer. Great people watching.
  • Kyra K.
    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)
    AEG TMGOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Shows at the Ryman are always great and we are proud to work with one of the best venues in the world! Go to shows at the Ryman - you won't regret it!
  • Stacey
    StaceyApril 22, 2016
    So much Nashville history within these walls. A great stop for all visitors regardless of your opinion about country music.
  • 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.
  • Drew M.
    Drew McLellanApril 7, 2013
    The balcony seats are actually better than floor seats as long as you are in the lower 3rd of the balcony.
  • Nicki L.
    Nicki L.April 19, 2013
    Make sure you get Buddy Clarke to give you a tour! Worked here since 1964 and knows lots of first hand info!
  • Ken G.
    Ken GrossApril 13, 2016
    Neat history and story about restoration. Self walking tour is ok. You can hear lots from guides in other groups.
  • Bayard S.
    Bayard SaundersNovember 19, 2009
    Bring your own cushion for the church pews if you must, but the shows are so good you'll spend most of the time on your feet. Historic Nashville showplace filled with friendly ghosts of Christmas past Read more
  • Erik G.
    Erik Gl.April 28
    Ambiance music and history in one place. See a show, any show and it'll be great
  • City Saver
    City SaverMarch 8, 2013
    Use your Nashville City Saver coupon to receive a free adult tour admission when a second adult tour admission of equal or greater value is purchased.
  • Jim R.
    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.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BryantOctober 4, 2016
    Intimate & historic venue makes for a great time!
  • Mick Management
    Mick ManagementSeptember 28, 2011
    A favorite venue of Justin Townes Earle, Earle will be at the Ryman vying for the Album and Song of the Year awards at the 2011 Americana Music Awards on Oct. 13th.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MillerJanuary 20
    The self-guided tour has some interesting stuff, but unless you're a serious devotee and want to see some artifacts of the Opry, it's not worth paying full-price for.
  • Laurie H.
    Laurie HenrySeptember 2, 2016
    Great self-guided tour. Especially enjoyed being there as they set up for CMA Honors.
  • Kate S.
    Kate StarrOctober 26, 2012
    Take your time here. This is the "Mother Church of Country Music" and THEN SOME. Make sure to take the back stage tour. Read more
  • Allison K.
    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.
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly Reeves 🐱February 28, 2012
    Not a bad seat in the house, though try to sit in the balcony in the middle. Heaven!
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaFebruary 8, 2014
    Amazing place. One of the greatest concert halls in American History.
  • karen l.
    karen liebsAugust 10, 2014
    Historic and amazing. Take it all in. The music, the heart, all of it.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WargaJanuary 18, 2014
    Stop by and check the schedule, we saw the Texaco Star Showdown for free it was fantastic.
  • Nathan
    NathanMarch 31, 2015
    Must stop when you are in Nashville. Great live music venue.
  • 1075 The River
    1075 The RiverSeptember 21, 2011
    There's nothing like seeing a show at the Ryman. Listen to 1075 The River and check out 1075theriver.com for your shot to win tickets to various shows here.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Grammy Award-winner Shelby Lynne loves playing at the Ryman. She says there is no denying that you are singing in one of the great churches of music when you are in that room. Read more
  • Erin M.
    Erin MosowOctober 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    We actually prefer the seats up top but they are all good.
  • Nick H.
    Nick HeltonNovember 17, 2013
    Floor seats are PERFECT !!!! They are totally worth the money !
  • T K.
    T KJuly 29, 2016
    I'm partial to the Ryman. My first love in Nashville and what keeps me in this city!
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen MontworiJune 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Elvis Costello did a fabulous acoustic show!
  • James C.
    James ChurchOctober 7, 2016
    Great concert venue! Not a bad seat in the house!
  • Johnny W.
    Johnny WhiteMarch 13, 2012
    Has to be the absolute best venue for live Music anywhere...period!
  • Rindaanne R.
    Rindaanne RiccioJanuary 6, 2013
    Love & theft! Grand Ole Opry show is incredible...
  • Eric D L.
    Eric D LussierSeptember 27, 2013
    Shell out the $4 additional for the dressing room and backstage tour.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SMay 28, 2015
    One of the best live music venues in the country.
  • Steven S.
    Steven SeltzerSeptember 5, 2016
    So much history here- a MUST SEE when you are in Nashville. Thank God they didn't tear it down!
  • Brice B.
    Brice BayApril 4, 2015
    Amazing place to see a concert. Love this place
  • Franz S.
    Franz StrasserMay 17, 2012
    The church of bluegrass and Nashville sound. Legendary concert venue.
  • Guyetri P.
    Guyetri PJuly 8, 2016
    Learned the history of the building and the Grand Ole Opry
  • Maria A.
    Maria AbdelnourMarch 18, 2010
    I saw Lady Antebellum play at The Ryman, I had the best time! Also, get a tour of the place! The history of this building is beyond inspiring.
  • Cliff M.
    Cliff ManningMay 16, 2014
    Love this place. Balcony is the best spot.
  • Jamin G.
    Jamin GuyApril 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Go to Robert's after the show to let the traffic clear out. Go in the back door to avoid the line. Also, get a cheeseburger. You will thank me later.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 23, 2011
    After Elvis Presley played the “Grand Ole Opry” here in 1954, one show manager told him “not to quit his day job.” He never appeared on country’s most famous program again. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Michelle F.
    Michelle ForsenSeptember 3, 2013
    Who knew sooo many of my favs have played the Ryman! Cool stuff man!!
  • Debbie W.
    Debbie Will3 weeks ago
    Nice to know the history, but felt the admission was expensive for what you received.
  • Jenny B.
    Jenny BonserApril 26, 2016
    The movie that starts the tour is much more than the ordinary tour movie
  • Ari S.
    Ari StillmanApril 28, 2012
    Small auditorium... even the back of the upper deck is a good seat.
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth SearlesOctober 26, 2013
    Yes. Definitely go gisit the Ryman if you are in Nashville.
  • Eileen B.
    Eileen BensonJanuary 22, 2015
    Balcony seats are great!
  • Darlene H.
    Darlene HarrisMay 10, 2013
    Every seat is great. First time for Keith Morgan Whitley with mom Lorrie.
  • Deb M.
    Deb MeissnerFebruary 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Back at The Ryman for dinner, drinks and Jennifer Nettles
  • Sensitive F.
    Sensitive FoodieFebruary 4, 2015
    Best music venue in the country, we are spoiled here!
  • Keri K.
    Keri K.April 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    There is no better place to see a show than The Mother Church.
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon FrankelJune 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Such a great venue- try the tour earlier in the day
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiApril 20, 2016
    The backstage tour was the best with Danielle!!
  • Brian C.
    Brian CopelandJuly 18, 2010
    Many believe the Ryman is the Grand Ole Opry home. In fact, Nat'l Life & Accident Insurance Co. in downtown is the original home. NASHVILLEANDBEYOND.com
  • Allison
    AllisonJuly 25, 2011
    Balcony Section 10 row A are excellent seats!
  • Lance Y.
    Lance YelvingtonDecember 6, 2011
    Probably the best place in the world to hear live music. :-)
  • ✰ David M.
    Don't leave Nashville without visiting the Mother Church of Country Music!
  • James C.
    James CJuly 22, 2016
    Great place to see the history of country music.
  • Cheryl B.
    Cheryl BrownellApril 26, 2013
    Very cool. Wanda was a delightful guide.
  • Vevo
    VevoJune 1, 2012
    Gave starts to country titans like Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JohnsonApril 7, 2013
    Do the back stage tour it is worth it
  • 🎶🎸Adrian T.
    🎶🎸Adrian Taylor🎶🎸March 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Must go to Roberts western bar behind the Ryman!
  • Hilda A.
    Beautiful history of country music
  • Will S.
    Will SloanAugust 10, 2010
    Grab a balcony seat. The view is great and the sound is full on (like a double rainbow).
  • Liz M.
    Liz McCarleyAugust 7, 2011
    You've stumbled upon a great piece of history "Ryight" on ; )
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