Visiting Graceland For Free: See the Meditation Garden and Graves of Elvis and His Family

Elvis family graves

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 Aaron Presley.

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 for free mansion

The Meditation Garden and Graves of Elvis and His Family

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. You can visit the meditation garden at Graceland for free every morning of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Getting free admission for a walk-up visit is a great privilege, so be respectful of the grounds and your fellow tourists.

Elvis family graves meditation garden

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. As of 2019, tickets cost $41 for the most basic tour (up from $31 in 2011). That’s a substantial price increase over the past decade, which helps explain why so many people are interested in just visiting the meditation garden for free without paying for the full mansion visit.

VIP tours range from $59-169. The most expensive tour includes a chance to see Elvis’ custom jets. How cool! 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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20 Comments

  1. Does anyone know if you can buy tickets for JUST the car museum? I know my hubby would enjoy that, but not so much Graceland, and the website just tries to sell you the big packages. Thanks in advance!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

        1. 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.

    1. Hi there. I’m not sure how I sign up to post or where to post but I wanted to say a few things. Graceland across the street from Graceland I should say has become a money Mecca. Just stick Elvis & Graceland all over trivial items, make a fortune and Elvis Presley Enterprises will live on forever. Elvis was a giver. He gave to people. He would burn the entire street across from Graceland down if he knew what was going on. EPE is literally stealing from Elvis’s fans. He would never have stood for that. Secondly his stillborn twin brother Jesse Garon is not buried with Elvis. He was buried in Tupelo MS in an unmarked grave due to lack of money in 1935. Elvis thought of getting a marker for him when he became famous but decided against it in order to protect Jesse’s privacy from tourists. It has since been forgotten where he was buried. He is in the Pricetown Cemetery I think? I may have that name wrong. I toured it. But Elvis is not buried with his brother. And it is sad that he’s not buried next to his mother but that’s the way it is. I highly do not recommend going across the street from Graceland. You might as well be in Utah with your wallet out on the counter. If you really want to feel Elvis go to Graceland itself. This has been my 5th from NY State, and sadly my last trip.

      1. You know I can’t stand people like you who pick at everything to complain about…..You should stop to think you should be GRATEFUL GRACELAND IS OPENED TO THE PUBLIC AND TO COMPLAINERS LIKE YOU….THE MONEY THEY MAKE AT GRACELAND GOES TO PRESLEY HOUSE TO HELP THE LESS FORTUNATE ELVIS PRESLEY WOULD BE LOOKING DOWN IN HOURNER GRATEFUL THAT GOOD PEOPLE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER HELPING THEM AND THE CHANCE THAT DEVOTED FANS CAN VIEW HIS PASSED LIFE ….START BEING GRATEFUL INSTEAD OF A COMPLAINER….I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA AND HAVE NEVER BEEN TO GRACELAND AREN’T YOU LUCKY YOU HAVE

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