Belle Meade Plantation Nashville
Where are we going today?
The plantation homes are iconic to the southern states, and the Belle Meade Plantation certainly has enough history within it's walls to give you a fascinating family day out in Tennessee!
The history goes back to before the plantation was even built, when Native tribes used the meadows and the woodlands in the area as a place to hunt. Then, European settlers came through, and the area became a trade route in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Eventually, the Belle Meade mansion was built in 1853, and this became home to give whole generations of the one family! And now, families like you can explore this amazing mansion and grounds, and see what life was like over a century ago!
When you book your tour at the plantation, you will be taken round by a costumed and trained guide who will tell you all about the plantation's amazing history (and it's a great time to ask questions!). It's not just the plantation that you get entry too, though! There are plenty of other historic buildings on the grounds which are there for you to explore. The carriage house, horse stable, gardens, and even a mausoleum and a log cabin are all there with history waiting just for it!
Then, once your tour is finished, parents you will love this - free wine tasting! The kids can enjoy the gardens and the gift shop!
It's a fascinating place to relive history. It's great for the kids imagination too as they can see what they think life would have been like living in a plantation such as Belle Meade. They might have loved it!
A great way for the family to spend time together.
How much does it cost?
- Children$10 (ages 6 to 12)
- Free Under: 5 years
When can we go?
Tours are every 30 minutes through the day.
All year round. Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and NY Day
There are a number of tours that you can bring the students for, including home school tours. A great way for them to immerse themselves in history.
They have Harding House which is an on site restaurant filled with amazing foods for your meals!.
The restaurant has healthy options for you .
Any Top Tips?
Why not have your birthday party at the plantation! There are some fun themes like a pony part, tea party or a fishing party! Pretty cool!.
Need a little extra help?
Give the plantation a call before you arrive to check accessibility .
Can I get one of those?
The gift shop is in the visitor center, and has a whole range of gifts and souvenirs for all ages and budgets!.
The last tour of every day is 4pm. .
What people are saying?
by Sarah Mercier
Great tour, especially for horse lovers. Guide seemed very knowledgeable and was very adorable in her period dress. Her enthusiasm for the history was contagious. Tour mainly focuses on the history of the family itself, so those looking for lots of war history may be a little disappointed. I prefer the personal history as opposed to random facts, because I feel it brings the history alive. We opted out of the wine tasting but still feel the admission was well worth it.
by William McCormick
We visited Belle Meade last week and found it to be a delightful step back in time. The tour was most enjoyable and we found Sarah to be a very well informed and interesting guide. I am sure we will return when we are in Nashville. Lastly, the restaurant was superb!
by Josh Hunt
We spent an afternoon visiting the plantation at Belle Meade. Learned some interesting facts about the life and culture of Nashville in the 1800s and fascinating nuggets regarding horse racing and its origins in the South. The young woman that gave the tour was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
It was a fantastic way to spend a few hours and well worth the admission fee.
by Amy Gottlieb
The grounds are beautiful, and the tour was well done, with some costumed presenters better than others. We would have preferred more talk about how the slaves at the plantation were treated. That part was a little Disneyfied and this could be a very good opportunity to look at this tragic part of our American history, not to mention how the Confederates of the time behaved.
by Anna Olsen
Grounds are beautiful. FREE (included in tour price) wine tasting was a great addition to the tour. Restaurant is a bit pricey if your looking to pinch pennies but it is oh so worth paying for.