What to see in Memphis

Memphis Attractions

Music and Memphis are synonymous - the main reason visitors generally travel to Memphis is to delve into the home of the blues and rock 'n roll and visit the iconic shrines to the city's great musical heroes, most notably 'The King', Elvis Presley. Lovers of music will certainly find every bit of this colourful city memorable.

Memphis' most popular attraction, Graceland, is the second-most visited house in the United States and sees fans of Elvis make pilgrimages to his mansion all year round. Another favourite is the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum, a unique interactive museum detailing the history of soul and rock in America. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is also an attraction worth visiting. Located at the original site of Stax Records, the museum pays homage to the legendary artists who recorded there. May in Memphis sees many music festivals, visitors can enjoy the Beale Street Music Festival, among others.

For those who are interested in more than just the music scene, the Memphis Botanic Gardens are a wonderful outdoors experience and can be enjoyed any time of year, Mud Island in the Mississippi River is great fun for the whole family, and the Memphis Zoo is one of only a handful in the US that houses giant pandas.


The second-most visited house in the United States after the White House, the Graceland Mansion was home to a world leader of a different kind, the 'King of Rock 'n Roll', Elvis Presley.

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Memphis Botanic Garden

The Memphis Botanic Gardens are a sensory delight through which to stroll at any time of year. The 96-acre site at Audubon Park, in the east of the city comprises 26 formal gardens. Each garden is…

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Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum

Put together by Smithsonian Institution, the Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum is a collection of rare recordings, vintage films, photographs, and interactive exhibits celebrating the history…

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Mud Island River Park

Mud Island in the Mississippi River offers a fascinating insight into the famous river with a series of immersive and informative attractions. The island emerged in the river in 1900 and was soon turned…

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Pink Palace Museum

The Pink Palace, a nickname bestowed on this elaborate pink marble Memphis mansion by the locals, was intended to be a luxury home for the founder of the Piggy Wiggly chain of supermarkets, Clarence…

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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Stax Records was not only the most successful soul music studio in history - recording the likes of Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, and The Staple Singers - but also a cultural phenomenon. It furthered…

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Sun Studio

Visitors who come to Memphis to pay homage to Elvis Presley inevitably find their way to the legendary recording studio in Union Avenue where the King of rock 'n roll's career, and that of numerous…

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