Attractions & Events - The Ambassador Inn Manchester Tennessee

Shielded from the sprawling cities of Nashville and Chatanooga, Tennessee, the town of Manchester; registering a population near 10,000, keeps its small town atmosphere, while brimming with a variety of local events, happenings and attractions.


A myriad of gift shops, antique stores and boutiques can be found within the small, southern town of Manchester, while the following attractions are just a short distance by car:

Arrowheads/Aerospace Cultural Center (4 Miles)
View exhibits and take a tour that will teach you about the history, growth and development of Manchester; including Indian artifacts, Civil War documents, photos and weapons, and replicas of famous pioneer and colonial era buildings.

Old Stone Fort State Park (4 Miles)
Visit the 876 acre archaeological park to learn more about the history of Native Americans in our region. Hiking, camping and golfing are also available.

Normandy Lake (7 Miles)
Spend the day hiking, fishing and boating along Normandy Lake.

Jack Daniels Distillery (20 Miles)
Visit the oldest distillery in the United States by taking a tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery, and learning about the whiskey making process.

Cumberland Caverns (20 Miles)
Visit Cumberland Caverns, the largest show cave in Tennessee. These caverns were discovered in 1810 and are known as the United States Natural Landmark with the largest underground rooms and one of the most spectacular formations in America.

Beans Creek Winery
Since 2003, Beans Creek Winery has offered award winning wine style using grapes and fruit that grow well in Tennessee. The spacious tasting room and friendly staff should make you feel right at home during your visit. As you browse the tasting room, be sure to visit the gift shop to see the selection of Tennessee products. Every spring the winery becomes a live music venue where local musicians perform. Check the website for upcoming events.


Manchester is home to several annual events. Following are just a few of them:

Bonnaroo Music Festival (June)
Since 2002, Manchester has been the host city for the Bonnaroo Music Festival. The population of Manchester swells to 100,000 people during this four-day event with people traveling across the country to camp and enjoy a continuous stream of diverse music.

Southern Thunder
Experience the exciting Southern Thunder rocket launch, coordinated by rocket enthusiasts of the MC2 (Music City Missile Club) organization; encouraging and promoting safe sport rocketry in the middle Tennessee area.

Moonpie Festival, Bell Buckle (July)
The tiny town of Bell Buckle, population 405, hosts a festival celebrating the Moon Pie and RC Cola; welcoming 15,000 people annually.

National Walking Horse Celebration, Shelbyville (August)
A premier event for Tennessee Walking Horses recognized as the World Champions for their breed.

Warrior Dash, Manchester (September)
Warrior Dash is a mud crawling, fire leaping extreme run. This fierce running series is held on the most challenging and rugged terrain across the globe. It is like no other race. Warriors conquer extreme obstacles, push their limits and celebrate with amazing music, festivities and warrior helmets.

Coffee County Fair, Manchester (September)
An annual Manchester favorite is the county fair held at the fairgrounds; honoring 4-H, science fair and pageant contestants, along with the fun of carnival rides and activities.

Bell Buckle Arts and Crafts Festival, Bell Buckle (October)
Enjoy this major craft fair arriving in this small railroad town by visiting booths and tents filled with food, crafts and artwork of all kinds.

Jack Daniels Annual Invitational Barbeque, Lynchburg (October)
80 Championship barbeque teams and 25,000 visitors from around the world come to the Jack Daniels Distillery each year to compete for the title of Grand Champion in the world’s most prestigious barbeque competition.