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"(20 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
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANJune 27
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • John M.
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jim A.
    Jim A.September 17
    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!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Jenny U.
    Jenny UngJanuary 4
    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
  • 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."
  • 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!
  • Kyra K.
    Amazing! I could "feel" the presence as soon as I walked in the door. A must do in Nashville. (Military discount offered)
  • Stacey
    StaceyApril 22
    So much Nashville history within these walls. A great stop for all visitors regardless of your opinion about country music.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. :)
  • 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.
  • Ken G.
    Ken GrossApril 13
    Neat history and story about restoration. Self walking tour is ok. You can hear lots from guides in other groups.
  • 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!
  • 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!!!!!
    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.
  • 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.
  • Anna T.
    Anna T.June 14, 2013
    Can't be on your phone... Get a large draft beer. Great people watching.
  • 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.
  • Scott B.
    Scott Bryant3 weeks ago
    Intimate & historic venue makes for a great time!
  • Jim R.
    Jim RobertFebruary 19
    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.
    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!
  • Laurie H.
    Laurie HenrySeptember 2
    Great self-guided tour. Especially enjoyed being there as they set up for CMA Honors.
  • 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!
  • Billboard
    BillboardAugust 16, 2013
    Experiencing a show from the balcony is an unforgettable experience, best sound in all of Nashville.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicFebruary 7
    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 W.
    Scott WargaJanuary 18, 2014
    Stop by and check the schedule, we saw the Texaco Star Showdown for free it was fantastic.
  • 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.
  • karen l.
    karen liebsAugust 10, 2014
    Historic and amazing. Take it all in. The music, the heart, all of it.
  • Nathan M.
    Nathan McGeeMarch 31, 2015
    Must stop when you are in Nashville. Great live music venue.
  • 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.
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