University of Tennessee Walk, Knoxville

University of Tennessee Walk (Self Guided), Knoxville

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, located in downtown’s west end, draws many visitors to the city. Founded in 1794 as William Blount College, nowadays it covers 550 acres, including over 200 buildings and a faculty of more than 1,400. Take the following tour to discover UTK’s best attractions.
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Guide Name: University of Tennessee Walk
Guide Location: USA » Knoxville (See other walking tours in Knoxville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: Sandra
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Ayres Hall
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Volunteer Statue and Circle Park
  • John C. Hodges Library
  • University Pedestrian Mall
  • Clarence Brown Theatre and Carousel Theatre
  • University of Tennessee Gardens
Ayres Hall

1) Ayres Hall

Ayres Hall is a central iconic and historic landmark building at the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville.

The building was designed by Miller, Fullenwider and Dowling of Chicago, and completed in 1921. It is named for Brown Ayres (1856–1919), the university's 12th president from 1904-1909. A extensive restoration began in the fall of 2008 and ended in January 2011. The renovations included central air conditioning and heating, terrazzo floors and benches, faces for the tower's four clocks, refurbished classroom furnishings, such as chairs, tables, and slate chalkboards, and stairways, and a north courtyard. The faces for the clocks and the terrazzo floors were in the original designs, but had never been installed due to costs. The north courtyard, which faces Cumberland Avenue, was never implemented in the original designs.

The Gothic Revival structure rises 140 feet (43 m) above its base. The distinctive checkerboard feature at the top of the tower has been replicated in UT Orange and white in the endzones at Neyland Stadium and at the ends of the court in Thompson–Boling Arena, both nearby. The building houses the offices of the University's College of Arts and Sciences as well as UT's mathematics department.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Neyland Stadium

2) Neyland Stadium

Neyland Stadium, the central attraction of the UT campus with over 100,000 seats, is the third largest stadium in the U.S. Named after General Robert Neyland, the former athletic director and coach, it was built in 1921. It has been extended several times throughout the years. This magnificent structure features a stunning brick archway, a bronze statue of Neyland, a 4,500 square foot scoreboard and the original orange and white checkerboard end zone. It also houses the UT's Department of Anthroplogy. This stadiums hosts a variety of large events in addition to college and professional football games.
Volunteer Statue and Circle Park

3) Volunteer Statue and Circle Park

Around 1930 funds were allocated to host a contest to create a sculpture capturing the spirit and ideals of the University of Tennessee. Theodore A. Beck, a student of the Yale School of Fine Arts, designed this winning statue of a man bearing a torch. His nine foot Volunteer Statue was cast and placed in Circle Park in 1968. Circle Park is a green space flanked by the UT’s Communications and University Extension buildings.
John C. Hodges Library

4) John C. Hodges Library

This remarkable building accommodates the University of Tennessee’s main library. Named after John C. Hodges, honored scholar and library patron, the original building constructed in 1969 is at the core of the present one built in 1987. This six-story building houses the Special Collections department, a studio, administrative offices and an auditorium. Its collection consists of over two million books, periodicals, microfiche, multimedia materials and more. It also has permanent exhibitions of art on the lower floor.
University Pedestrian Mall

5) University Pedestrian Mall

The University Pedestrian Mall connects Hodges Library and the Humanities Department. This granite walkway features an amphitheater, green space and the UT seal. Formerly named the Joe Johnson and John Ward University Mall, this walkway is the site of several major university events.
Clarence Brown Theatre and Carousel Theatre

6) Clarence Brown Theatre and Carousel Theatre

Clarence Brown Theatre, built in 1970 as a non-profit venue of the UT Department of Theatre, features a variety of plays each season, sometimes including famous guest artists. It also houses the small Lab Theatre for experimental performances. Next door, the smaller Carousel Theatre is a round venue with mobile seats, the first of its kind.
University of Tennessee Gardens

7) University of Tennessee Gardens (must see)

The University of Tennessee Gardens, adjacent to the UT Institute of Agriculture, was founded in 1983 by the Department of Plant Sciences, with an additional location in Jackson, Tennessee. This horticultural garden is an open laboratory and an All American Selections test site for the study of geologic compositions and a variety of flora. It offers free admission, guided tours and sometimes special events.

Walking Tours in Knoxville, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Knoxville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Knoxville’s Historical Buildings

Knoxville’s Historical Buildings

The city of Knoxville is home to dozens of listed historic properties, vividly illustrating the community’s rich and sometimes turbulent past. These include James White's Fort, L&N Depot, Tennessee Theatre and many others. Take this self-guided tour of downtown Knoxville to check out some of the most prominent historic and architectural gems the city has to offer and hear the stories...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Downtown Knoxville Walk

Downtown Knoxville Walk

Home to a number of historic and cultural attractions, Downtown Knoxville is perpetually busy with tourists. The latter flock here, among other reasons, to explore the World’s Fair Park, Market Square, Gay Street, the Convention Center and other places of interest. Take this self-guided walk to acquaint yourself in detail with the best sites that Downtown Knoxville has to offer!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Country Music Tour

Country Music Tour

The cultural hub of Tennessee’s, Knoxville is one of America’s most dynamic musical cities, renowned for its critical role in the development of what is now called country music. While the complete history of “country” is still unwritten, you may want to hear some of the stories of Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and other big names associated with Knoxville. Take this self-guided walking...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Top Religious Sites in Knoxville

Top Religious Sites in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to over 450 churches of many religious denominations. Situated at the core of the Bible Belt, many of them are Protestant. The following tour highlights the city’s most impressive religious sites, including Knoxville’s oldest church and other historically significant ones.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles