Belmont Mansion

#15 in Best Things To Do in Nashville
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Key Info

1700 Acklen Ave.

Price & Hours

$15 for adults; $7 for kids 13-18; $5 for kids...
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Details

Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

If you love history, slot some time for a tour of Belmont Mansion – the largest house museum in Nashville. This beautiful Italian-style villa was constructed in the 1850s for Adelicia Acklen, one of the wealthiest women in the country at the time and, according to some, Nashville's own Scarlett O'Hara. Although it was originally built to be a summer home, Ms. Acklen did not skimp on the details. A tour of the 19,000-square-foot mansion leads visitors through rooms ornately decorated with 19th-century antiques and lavish art.

Recent visitors praised the beautifully preserved interior and knowledgeable docents, but warn that parking around the mansion is limited. To avoid dealing with a parking headache, consider using the hop-on, hop-off trolley, which stops at the mansion.

Sitting on Belmont University's campus, a little more than 3 miles southwest of downtown Nashville, Belmont Mansion is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs range from $15 for adults to $5 for children ages 6 through 12. Tours of the mansion, which typically last about an hour, are also available. For more information, consult the mansion's website.

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While many people come to Nashville to soak up the history of country music at the city's museums, others prefer enjoying the tunes in person. The best way to do that is to stop in to the many bars that line Broadway, downtown Nashville's main thoroughfare. Lower Broadway is nicknamed "Honky Tonk Highway" because of the numerous establishments that host live acts daily. What's more, there's no cover charge, so you can bar hop as you please.

While all the bars host live music acts, each venue has a distinct atmosphere that makes it stand out from other honky-tonks along Broadway. Some of the most popular bars include:

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