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)
    "I've sat in every section and there's not a bad seat in the house."(9 Tips)
    Tyler R.
    "balcony tickets and prepare to weep from the beauty of the venue"(19 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • JD
    JD1 week ago
    Beautiful venue that has been recently restored. I've sat in every section and there's not a bad 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.
  • 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."
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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!!!!!
  • 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)
  • Anna T.
    Anna T.June 14, 2013
    Can't be on your phone... Get a large draft beer. Great people watching.
  • Stacey
    StaceyApril 22, 2016
    So much Nashville history within these walls. A great stop for all visitors regardless of your opinion about country music.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Captain Alex B.
    Very nice place to learn about Music City's history
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Laurie H.
    Laurie HenrySeptember 2, 2016
    Great self-guided tour. Especially enjoyed being there as they set up for CMA Honors.
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