Belle Meade Plantation Tours
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At the Belle Meade Plantation, step back into the Old South and get a feel for what it might have been like to live on a plantation in the 1800s. Located just west of Nashville, Tennessee, the historic plantation mansion’s grounds now function as a museum. A visit to the plantation tells the story of the Old South from the slavery era to the Civil War.
First bought in 1806 and continually expanded throughout the 19th century, the Belle Meade Plantation became world renowned as a first-rate thoroughbred horse-breeding establishment. Visiting the Greek Revival mansion reveals Belle Meade’s rich history and offers insight into the distinct Southern culture of the Antebellum and Reconstruction eras. Guided tours cover the mansion’s first and second floors, which are filled with original furnishings and period antiques. Book your visit online in advance to guarantee entry or visit as part of a southern plantations tour from Nashville.
Things to Know Before You Go
- All visits are by tour only, led by a costumed tour guide.
- Mansion tours are offered every 30 minutes throughout the day, with the last tour beginning at 4pm.
- The grounds and the first floor of the mansion are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Belle Meade Plantation is located about nine miles west of Nashville, about 15 to 20 minutes by car. The No. 5 bus runs from downtown Nashville to the plantation, stopping just a short walk from the grounds.
When to Get There
The Belle Meade Plantation is open year-round, but feels particularly festive when its halls are decked with Christmas decorations beginning in early November. If you do not purchase tickets online in advance, arrive first thing in the morning—on-site tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.
Exploring the Belle Meade Plantation
Your ticket to Belle Meade Plantation includes access to the plantation’s gardens and other historic buildings, including a dairy, horse stable, log cabin, carriage house, and mausoleum. There is also a winery where you can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting before sitting down to dinner at the Harding House restaurant.
Address: 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville 37205, USA
Hours: Tours offered daily from 9am - 5pm
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Belle Meade Plantation
Visit historic Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, one of the largest and wealthiest private estates in Nashville. Complete with its own thoroughbred horse farm and on-site winery, this popular Nashville attraction is a must see for visitors. Enjoy a guided tour through the 1853 Greek Revival Mansion, followed by a complimentary wine tasting in the Belle Meade Winery. Admission includes access to the picturesque Grounds and Outbuildings, Outdoor Game Court, Walking Trail, Gift Shops, and on-site restaurant, The Belle Meade Meat & Three.
Embark on a 1-hour journey into Belle Meade with its Journey to Jubilee historic tour. Join us as we take an honest look at the lives and stories of the African Americans who were enslaved, and later employed, at Belle Meade with intentional respect and empathy. Our Journey to Jubilee tour is intended to honor the legacy and sacrifices of the individuals held in legal bondage on this property from 1807 until emancipation in 1865, as well as to explore the complexities of their new freedom in the post-Civil War years. Using a unique approach that includes reading aloud from primary sources, and engaging dialogue with the audience, this experience creates a forum for exploring the history of slavery in a new way. Enjoy a complimentary Wine Tasting after your tour and access to the Grounds for a self-guided tour.
Tour the Grounds of Belle Meade on this guided 90-minute Segway Tour with professional guide. Explore Belle Meade's history from a working farm perspective by viewing its remaining Outbuildings. Belle Meade still retains 30 acres of its original property for you to explore including the Mansion and original Log Cabin. Explore one of the most historic sites in Nashville with this guided Segway Tour through the Grounds.
Visit two of Nashville's top Mansions & Gardens on this half-day tour to Belle Meade Plantation and Cheekwood Estates & Gardens. These historic mansions and gardens were built by some of Nashville’s most prominent families and served as the economic and cultural centers of Nashville in their day. Today, they preserve and celebrate unique eras in Nashville history.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Belle Meade Plantation hours of operation?
Belle Meade Plantation hours of operation: Tours offered daily from 9am - 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Should I book Belle Meade Plantation tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Belle Meade Plantation can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 6 Belle Meade Plantation tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Belle Meade Plantation 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Belle Meade Plantation costs USD 24.62. Guided Belle Meade Plantation tours start around USD 24.62 per person. See all 6 Belle Meade Plantation tickets and tours on Viator.
What's the best way to experience Belle Meade Plantation?
The best ways to experience Belle Meade Plantation are:
- Belle Meade Guided Mansion Tour with Complimentary Wine Tasting
- Belle Meade "Journey to Jubilee" Guided History Tour
- 90-Minute Belle Meade Guided Segway Tour
- 20-Minute Music City Guided Helicopter Tour
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