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Nashville
Travel Guide

A good time town full of good old boys, Nashville is celebrated throughout the world as the home of country music.

Whilst not every country star is from the city, there’s very few that haven’t played or recorded there – and if you’re serious about playing country, you must have dreamt of one day being inducted into the Country Hall of Fame!

Of course, there’s more to Nashville than just country music. Modern Nashville is a popular university city bursting with big personalities, big talents and big history. Nashville is, of course, one of America’s older cities – with all the fascinating destinations you’d expect with that.

Popular historical sites of interest include Fort Nashborough – a recreation of the original American Revolution era settlement – and Fort Negley, a semi restored battle fort from the American Civil War. History buffs are also sure to appreciate both the magnificent Tennessee State Capitol which is one of the oldest working capitol buildings in the United States, and The Hermitage just a few miles from city which is a historical plantation and museum owned by former President Andrew Jackson.

Whilst not strictly as historic as its famous inspiration, Nashville’s full size replica of Athens’ Parthenon remains an incredibly popular attraction. Built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, the Parthenon reflects Nashville’s reputation as the ‘Athens of the South’. Visitors can also find out more about the history of the city and state by visiting the enormous Tennessee State Museum.

For all its rich history, Nashville and country music go hand in hand. Centred around downtown Nashville, and particularly in the Lower Broadway, Second Avenue and Printer’s Alley areas, bars, restaurants and nightclubs are abound – all humming to the city’s signature country sounds. This area is also a great place to sample a little of Nashville’s famous cuisine such as hot chicken – a delicious local form of fried chicken spiced richly with cayenne pepper.

To get the real Nashville experience, many visitors like to attend the Grand Ole Opry – a weekly stage concert broadcast live on radio showcasing the best in country, bluegrass, folk and gospel. It’s a show that’s been running since 1925, so you know it’s the best in town! If you find yourself in Nashville during June, why not check out the CMA Music Festival? Running for four days, the CMA is a great chance to hear over 400 artists, and perhaps even get an autograph at one of the signing events.

No trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Just ten blocks from downtown, the museum is home to thousands of fascinating artefacts illustrating the story of country from its humble beginnings to mainstream popularity today – as well as the glittering parade of stars in the Hall of Fame itself.

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Where to stay in Nashville

Top hotels in Nashville

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
4 out of 5
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN
The price is £197 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

Located in Donelson, this spa resort is within a 15-minute walk of Grand Ole Opry Museum, Grand Ole Opry and Cooter's Place. Opry Mills is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,253 reviews)

"Desk staff was incredible. We opted for the Parlor Room for the same price as a standard and highly recommend it. Beware the $32 daily self parking though...That is ridiculous on top of a $40 resort fee."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2021

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt
3 out of 5
1715 Broadway, Nashville, TN
The price is £87 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in Music Row, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nashville Broadway and Vanderbilt University. Bridgestone Arena and Ryman Auditorium are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (941 reviews)

"Close to Medical Center and manu nearby restaurants. Easy to get to from the highway. Parking fee a bit high. Breakfast offering at $12.99 per person was ok or terrific deoending on how much you can eat in one sitting. Good coffee."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown/Convention Center
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
305 Korean Veterans Blvd, Nashville, TN
Free cancellation
The price is £71 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Downtown Nashville, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nashville Broadway, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Ascend Amphitheater. Johnny ...

4.3/5Excellent! (958 reviews)

"Great location. It’s just sad that everything is shut down at the hotel. The fear over a virus is shameful and the fear spread by politicians and the media is killing American jobs."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Downtown/Convention Center
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SpringHill Suites By Marriott Nashville Airport
SpringHill Suites By Marriott Nashville Airport
3 out of 5
1100 Airport Center Dr, Nashville, TN
The price is £84 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Donelson, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Larry Keeton Theater and within 6 miles (10 km) of Two Rivers Golf Course and Lane Motor Museum. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,280 reviews)

"Sonesta is like being at home. It’s overall just comfortable. From the staff to the structure, all of it was so warming and hospitable, it was like having an apartment in the city."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2021

SpringHill Suites By Marriott Nashville Airport
Mint House at the Reserve
Mint House at the Reserve
4 out of 5
301 Rosa L Parks Ave, Nashville, TN
The price is £157 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Downtown Nashville, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville Broadway and Tennessee State Capitol. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (705 reviews)

"I enjoyed my stay very much. Really nice setup and very comfy."…"

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2021

Mint House at the Reserve
BentoLiving Chestnut Hill
BentoLiving Chestnut Hill
4 out of 5
321 Hart St, Nashville, TN
The price is £104 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

Located in South Nashville, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Music City Center and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)

"Incredible hotel for short term visits to Nashville. Friendly staff, great space , close to everything! Really enjoyed my three weeks there ."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2021

BentoLiving Chestnut Hill
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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