Belle Meade Plantation

#3 in Best Things To Do in Nashville
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5025 Harding Pike

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Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Constructed in 1853 in a breathtaking Greek Revival style, the Belle Meade Plantation is known as the "Queen of the Tennessee Plantations." At the center of the plantation is the mansion (its columns are peppered with bullet holes from the Civil War), where guides dressed in period costumes offer tours of the mansion's antebellum-style interior. You're invited to explore the grounds, which are home to the country's first and best thoroughbred breeding farms (the visitor center is modeled after a traditional Southern paddock) as well as the renowned Iroquois Steeplechase, the oldest in the United States. During the summer and fall, the Belle Meade Plantation hosts numerous events, including Easter egg hunts and antique auctions.

Travelers highly recommend a tour at Belle Meade Plantation, citing the knowledgeable and friendly tour guides as a highlight of the visit. Many also praised the tours that included a wine tasting and lunch.

Located about 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville, Belle Meade Plantation is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to both the mansion and the grounds costs $24 for adults and $13 for children ages 6 to 18. For more information, check out the Belle Meade Plantation website.

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