Discover holidays in Memphis
Rooted to the Mississippi River by its humble beginnings, Memphis is rich in history but continues to develop into a vibrant city. It’s alive with music from the past, so soak up the sights and take a stroll down the iconic Beale Street. Sink your teeth into the city’s famous barbecue dishes and have a drink in one of the neon-lit saloons. Peer into the authentic record shops and explore the world-famous museums. Celebrate the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, where musical legends like Elvis, Johnny Cash and Otis Redding found their fame.
As well as being the home of the Blues, Memphis has an important heritage and acts as a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. Discover the Delta culture, visit the famous Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was assassinated to learn about his legacy that shaped American history. As well as all this, you can see one-of-a-kind attractions like the Memphis Pyramid and the Peabody Duck March, Memphis is where to experience true Southern Hospitality.
The best time to visit Memphis is between spring and autumn, when temperatures range from the low to high 20s, with the summer heat allowing the upbeat atmosphere to continue into the evening. It can get a bit chilly in the winter months of November through to February when temperatures barely reach over 10°.
13 hours from the UK
Memphis International Airport (MEM) is seven miles east of Downtown Memphis.
Memphis is the cradle of American music and our experts are ready to help you plan your American adventure. Whether it's learning about the Civil Rights movement, soaking up the vibe on Beale Street or watching the famous Peabody Duck march, we can create an itinerary that is perfect for you.
3 nights in Memphis in the River Inn of Harbor Town and return flights from London.
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14 day self-drive tour
Itinerary: Atlanta 2 nights/ Nashville 1 night/ Memphis 2 nights/ Vicksburg 1 night/ New Orleans 2 nights/ Pensacola 1 night/ Tallahassee 1 night/ Savannah 1 night/ Charleston 1 night/ Atlanta 1 night.
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For music fans and history buffs, Memphis is the Home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Walk down historic Beale Street to hear where the blues began. Be transported back in time to when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash made music history in Sun Records. Visit Graceland, the home of the King himself, Elvis Presley, and discover the heritage of the Civil Rights Movement in the world-famous museum at the Lorraine Motel.
A trip to Memphis wouldn’t be complete without visiting the home of the world-famous, musical legend, Elvis Presley. For the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll experience, tour around the home where he lived from 1957 until his tragic death in 1977. The Graceland tour takes you from his youth to finding love, fame and fortune through videos, photos, personal mementoes, movie memorabilia and those flamboyant stage costumes. Discover Elvis’ journey to stardom and learn more about his impressive career that has influenced the music industry and crowned him a worthy title, of the king of rock ‘n’ roll.
Find the blues as you stroll down Beale Street to celebrate Memphis’ gospel, blues and soul traditions. Peer into recording studios, buy vinyl in a record shop and visit a blues bar; the 1.8-mile run is a testament to classic and modern rock, blues and soul music. Even the kids will be able to enjoy the magic down Beale Street with concert venues for all ages, such as the New Daisy Theatre. Take the whole family to lively restaurants like Silky O’Sullivans and the Hard Rock Café, which host live music and entertainment, meaning that rock ‘n’ roll and the blues can be experienced by all.
Visit the self-proclaimed birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll at the historical Sun Studio. Learn about the legends that recorded here through passionate guides as you tour the iconic studios. Immerse yourself in the energy of the place that saw Elvis turn from just a boy into the King. Stand where the likes of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins once stood and recorded hit after hit. See photographs of famous faces and cases of vintage recording equipment and memorabilia.
Follow the journey of soul music and the sounds of Southern gospel, from its birthplace in a modest Mississippi Delta church, right through to Stax Records influence on modern music. Located in the rightly named Soulsville, the neighbourhood was where artists such as Aretha Franklin, Memphis Slim, Memphis Minnie and Booker T. Jones called home.
The museum celebrates Stax’s legacy and soul music’s history through exhibits of vintage recording equipment, photographs, videos and the incredible Wall of Sound, which showcases archived albums and singles. Be dazzled by soul legend, Isaac Hayes’ custom Cadillac Eldorado, listen to first recordings of the classic hits and take to the dance floor while copying the moves of the famous Soul Train.
Visit The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel for a detailed look at the movement and discover its important significance in American history. It first opened in 1991 and includes interactive exhibitions, photographs and films. Learn about the Atlantic slave trade in the different exhibits and step aboard a vintage bus to hear about Rosa Parks. Listen and read personal accounts from the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike and step onto a slave ship replica from the 1700s.
Take the kids to see the Duckmaster lead the flock down the red carpet, in the iconic Duck March at the Peabody Hotel. See them waddle through the crowd at 11am, into the Grand Lobby’s Italian marble fountain to the tune of John Philip Sousa's King Cotton March, before retiring to the roof at 5pm. This fuzzy historical custom dates back to the 1930s when the general manager at the time, Mr Frank Schutts, left his ducks in the hotel fountain when he went away for the weekend. The ducks and the guests loved it so much they now play in the lobby fountain every day!
Explore a unique view of the Mighty Mississippi River by cycling across Big River Crossing. The mile long bike trail is the longest public pedestrian crossing in Mississippi, linking Memphis, West Memphis and Arkansas together. Cycle or walk beside the active railway line along the 100-year-old bridge. Daily the Big River Crossing lights up with more than 100,000 colourful LEDs and patterns and during Pulic Holidays the lights will commemorate special events. You can get incredible views from the bridge of the ever-changing landscape, stretching right across the glistening water to the contrasting urban structure of Memphis.
Explore the iconic Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid for a different type of retail experience. The 28-storey building has been transformed, bringing the wilderness indoors. Lush greenery and 600,000 gallons of water make up a swamp, alligator pool and duck aviaries that are home to over 1,800 fish. Visit the rustic Big Cypress Lodge where you can sleep in tree house cabins overlooking the swamp. Pick up your camping, fishing and boating gear before dining in Uncle Buck’s fishbowl & Grill serving American favourites.
One of the best things about Bass Pro Shops is the view from the top. Step outside onto the viewing platform near the top of the Pyramid for awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the Memphis’s skyline.
With over 100 barbecue joints in the Memphis region, it’s safe to say, Memphis is a place that celebrates the all-American barbecue. The Memphis way is cooked over charcoal, not wood, where the meat is slow-smoked to savour all the sweet flavours and fragrant spices. Whether it's pork or chicken, pulled with a tangy sauce or a rack of hot ribs, the meat is always delicious with flavours that have been perfected over time.
Memphis is a vibrant city with a lively mix of modern amusements and traditional charm. Whether you want your Memphis holiday to be about history or music, our top three hotels all offer fantastic hospitality and the opportunity to explore this momentous city.
A perfect blend of Southern hospitality, lavish design and rock and roll, the stylish Guest House at Graceland is a place for music fans in the heart of the famous landmark. Reflecting Elvis’ charm, you’ll be welcomed to stay in one of the 450 rooms and 20 specialty-themed suites, which all have had the seal of approval from Priscilla Presley herself. The hotel is the biggest in Memphis and is lavish in both design and structure. Enjoy the glamorous setting, fit for The King, while lounging by the tropical pool, dining in the restaurant or watching a live performance in the intimate theatre.
Staying at The Guest House is the perfect opportunity to visit the nearby Elvis Presley's Memphis complex. This huge museum is set to display the life, career and legacy of Elvis like never before. There’s really no better place to celebrate the King of rock ‘n’ roll than in the heart of it all.
For authentic tradition in a cosy setting, wake up to picturesque views of the Mississippi River at the River Inn of Harbor Town. Found in the historic district of Mud Island, just five minutes from Downtown Memphis, it’s in a great location for exploring the Civil Rights museums. Sleep in one of 28 boutique, themed suites and rooms fitted with vintage design and modern comforts. The old southern charm streams through this hotel with wrought iron, gas-lit lanterns and original oil paintings decorating this warm and welcoming hotel. From the moment you enter the lobby, you can relax with a drink in the Paulette Restaurant’s cosy bar or watch the wood-burning fireplace cast light on the sparkling, crystal chandelier.
Famous for its elegant décor, memorable charm and a good helping of Southern hospitality, The Peabody Hotel is a fantastic Four-Diamond choice for a romantic getaway. Built in 1869, the luxurious hotel in Downtown Memphis offers rooms and suites with a traditional, grand design yet modern amenities, like on-demand movies, Wi-Fi and a music station. Dining is a delight in Chez Philippe which serves up classic French cuisine and English afternoon tea in the hotel. During summertime, The Peabody’s roof turns into a bar with live music and spectacular views overlooking the skyline and Mississippi River. As well as all of this, our favourite thing about The Peabody is the famous Duck March, which sees the resident ducks waddle from their rooftop house to bathe in the grand lobby fountain twice a day.