Nashville holidays are an invitation to experience the incredible rhythms of Music City; locals and visitors alike lose themselves on the dance floors of Honky-tonks and pass time mingling with friends. Come and enjoy the music and the rich culture that runs through Nashville’s veins.
Spend some time discovering Nashville’s gems and learn how it came to be the epicentre of country music. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and follow the story of the genre’s evolution and tour the Johnny Cash Museum to discover the story of one of Country’s most famed stars. By night, take in one of the infamous shows at the Grand Ole Opry or, in the winter months, the Ryman Auditorium, stages that have seen the launch of some extraordinary careers. Or, to truly get into the swing of the city, hop from bar to bar and enjoy all sorts of live bands as you go.
Nashville: A City of Cultural Heritage
It’s not just all about music; part of the Deep South, the city has other historical tales to tell too. Join a guide on a tour of the Belle Meade Plantation and see its grounds, mansion and outhouses to get a taste of what life was like for the Hardy-Jackson family that once called it home, as well as the slaves that worked for them.
Once you’ve spent a few days of your Nashville holiday lost in the sound of Music City, journey on and explore more of Tennessee. Why not take in the abundance of natural beauty at Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga and follow the Tennessee Whiskey Trail to sample different takes on the state’s classic tipple?
Great sample itineraries
There’s so many ways to enjoy a Nashville holiday. Why not browse our sample itineraries for some inspiration, then give us a call and let us plan your perfect trip just for you?
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Whether this is your first trip to Music City or if you are a seasoned visitor, you will find plenty to fill your time in this vibrant city. We love spending time in the Honky-tonks along Lower Broadway, and no trip is complete without a visit to some of the fantastic museums downtown. There are also a host of historical attractions to discover from the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to the beautiful Belle Meade Plantation.
It's no surprise that Nashville earned the moniker, Music City. Any night of the week you can step out and find an entertaining evening of live music, often for free. Head down Lower Broadway, otherwise known as Honky-tonk highway and catch a band performing in one of the many bars that line this avenue, or head over to the Grand Ole Opry for an iconic country music experience.
Nashville has a booming culinary scene that includes delicious southern cuisine, like barbecue, hot chicken, and traditional "meat and threes", as well as unique chef-driven restaurants. Want to enjoy your dinner with a little live music? Head to the iconic Bluebird Café, or if you can't find a seat there, check out The Listening Room Café or Puckett's Grocery on 5th Avenue.
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Nashville enjoys reasonable temperatures all year round. In summer, the average temperatures are between 24°C and 27°C, though it can get quite humid. Autumn cools down to an average of 11°C in October, before winter sets in; though there are occasional warm spells throughout the winter months, average temperatures fall between 5°C and 7°C. Spring sees temperatures on their way back up, reaching around 21°C in May, but spring showers are quite common.
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"No holiday to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. You can join a daily daytime tour of the Opry, but for the authentic experience visit on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday for the iconic live radio shows."
"Broadway Street is the place to go for relaxed live music, with bar after bar of live country music, restaurants and cowboy boot shops. For a slightly different experience, head out to the Bluebird Cafe; it holds no more than 100 people and it’s extremely popular, so make sure you head down early to avoid disappointment."
Tin Pan South Songwriter Festival
Unfolding across the city over 5 days each March, Tin Pan South sees hundreds of artists perform the songs they’ve written in over 100 shows. The festival sheds a spotlight on amazing songwriters and the music they create, with a huge line up of over 250 artists.
Country Music Association Festival
Known as CMA Fest, this festival spans 4 days each June, with a focus on country music. Downtown Nashville is filled with the sounds of country legends and emerging talent performing across multiple stages, as well as interviews and Q&A sessions with some of the artists.
Let Freedom Sing
The Let Freedom Sing is Nashville’s Independence Day show put on by the city each 4th of July. As you’d expect from the Music City, there’s great live music, a family fun zone, food, drink and, most famously, a truly incredible fireworks show that’s thought to be one of the best in the country.
When it comes to food, Nashville is a classic Deep South city, favouring hearty meat, fried comfort food and sweet tea.
Meat and Three
Meat and Three restaurants are a popular type of eatery in Nashville. They offer up a choice of meat, often including brisket, fried chicken, steak and ham, and a choice of three side dishes, like mac ‘n’ cheese, beans and vegetables; grab a plate and pile it up.
Whatever kind of eatery you go to in Nashville, fruit tea is bound to be on the menu. The drink consists of sweet tea and fruit juice and is often topped off with lemon slices or sprigs of mint.
Similar to the British scone, American biscuits are a Nashville classic. Beloved across the city, you’ll find them on many menus here. Pair with fruity preserves or enjoy them with savoury options like fried chicken.
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