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, of course, is where the King of Rock N Roll lived. Elvis bought the 13.8-acre mansion in 1957 for just over $100,000. That was a massive sum at the time! But he could afford it thanks to his extensive track record of hits.
The brick wall around the property has been decorated with messages from thousands of Elvis fans over the years.
As you walk up to the Meditation Garden, you can get a good look at the mansion.
Fun fact: Graceland is the second-most visited house in the United States, behind only the White House. Cool!
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 is buried with his mother, father, grandmother and stillborn twin brother.
As noted earlier, you can’t go inside the mansion unless you purchase tickets. As of 2020, 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.
Elvis died in the bathroom of Graceland in 1977 of a heart attack. The property is now owned by his daughter Lisa Marie, who lived in the house for the first few years of her life.
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.