Visiting Graceland for free

Yes, it’s possible to visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion in Memphis, for free. Score! You can’t actually go inside the mansion, but you can stop by the Meditation Garden and view the graves of Elvis and his family up close.

For those without the cash or time to see the whole mansion, the garden is a great free option. Read on for the info….

When you can visit Graceland for free

Every morning from 7:30-8:30 am, the gates open and visitors are welcome to walk up the drive to the Meditation Garden. The mansion is at 3764 Elvis Presley Blvd.

Outside the gates, you’ll see the historic marker dedicated to Elvis.

Graceland historic marker

The brick wall around the property has been decorated with messages from thousands of Elvis fans over the years.

Graceland brick wall

As you walk up to the Meditation Garden, you can get a good look at the mansion.

Graceland mansion

Then it’s onto the garden itself. I went on a Monday morning and found myself in the company of another 15-20 people, including some excited German tourists who threw a bunch of cameras my way and required me to take several photos of them.

The garden is a beautiful, peaceful setting, with flowers and a central fountain.

Elvis family graves

Elvis is buried with his mother, father, grandmother and stillborn twin brother.

Elvis grave

As noted earlier, you can’t go inside the mansion unless you purchase tickets – they cost $31 for the most basic tour and go up to $70 for the VIP tour. Find tix here.

For a look at what you might find inside the mansion, give a read to my friend Deena’s post about visiting Graceland on Elvis Presley’s 76th birthday celebration.

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15 Responses to Visiting Graceland for free

  1. Deena Dietrich April 4, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Scott,

    Elvis is not buried next to his mother. He is buried in between his fater and his grandmother. This has always bothered me because I know Elvis would want to be next to his mother. But at the time of his death, they moved his grave and his mother’s graves from another cemetary to the meditation garden at Graceland for security reasons. And I guess because the way it is situation when his Dad died they put his dad in between Elvis and his mother. And then when his grandmother died, they put her on the other side of Elvis.

    Also, it is not really a shopping center across from Graceland, it is the visitor center with the ticket pavilion, the car museum, sincerely elvis museum, restaurants and gift shops, and the elvis radio booth.

    Deena

    • Scott April 6, 2011 at 8:22 am #

      Thanks for the info Deena!

      • lisa January 27, 2012 at 5:51 am #

        Scott,
        Did you feel the area around Graceland was safe? I have heard info that it can be dangerous to visit.
        Thanks

        • Scott January 27, 2012 at 9:18 am #

          It was fine to drive there. I think there are some bad areas in the general vicinity but it didn’t feel unsafe at Graceland itself. I was able to park on the street right out front.

  2. Alisha - Small World Pursuits April 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    Memphis is on my list for the US. Enjoyed reading this post – definitely want to doodle my name on that wall.

    • Scott April 6, 2011 at 8:24 am #

      It’s a crowded wall, Alisha – I hope you can find a space!

  3. jill- Jack and Jill Travel The World April 16, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    I’m a closet fan of Elvis… but $31? That’s pricey. I’d stick to the garden tour like you did :)
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    • Scott April 17, 2011 at 10:58 am #

      Yeah, for superfans I think it’s reasonable but the casual fan probably won’t want to dish out that much.

  4. Camels & Chocolate May 7, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    I’m from Tennessee and I’ve never been to Graceland! Blasphemous, eh?
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    • Scott May 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

      Ooh, it’s probably worth a visit!

  5. eileen ludwig August 11, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    I was traveling through there but it was late in day and decided it was not worth trying to find some place to stay and go so continued on my road trip
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  6. Tammy August 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Visitied Graceland and took the whole tour several years back. Absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go back again. I’m a super Elvis fan, some saying I’m an Elvis freak. Greatest place I have ever had the opportunity to visit and would highly recommend it to everyone.

    • Scott August 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      I’d love to go back and see the inside for myself!

  7. Helen chidlow June 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    I have been lucky to go twice to memphis with 2dear friends we stayed at Heartbreak Hotel visited graceland and did the vip tour it was fantactic the whole stay was.the walk up in the morning waz worth it very moving everyone was so friendly.hoping to go back for Elvis 80 birthday.xsaving hard.

    • Scott Shetler July 1, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      It would be fun to splurge and do the whole Elvis trip in VIP style. Thanks for the info, Helen!

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