Charleston is a living museum with century-old mansions and numerous historic sites. Guided Charleston walking tours are a great way to experience the history and charm of "The Holy City." Depending on your interests, you will find tours on history, architecture, pirates, art, food, and ghosts.
One of the most popular Charleston walking tours, the evening Ghost Walk, will take visitors on a journey to spooky cemeteries and haunted alleyways while learning about Charleston's sordid past. Take The Bulldog Ghost Tour and visit the haunted Old City Jail, or take the Ghost City Tours of Charleston and visit one of Charleston's paranormal hot spots, the Unitarian Church Graveyard.
Another favorite tour, especially with families, is Charleston Pirate Tours. Join Eric, Sabrina, and their trusty parrot on an exploration of piracy in the Holy City. Find answers to questions including why Blackbeard set up a blockade in Charleston Harbor, which pirates were hung in White Point Gardens, and which popular sayings have their roots in piracy. Both children and adults will enjoy Charleston Pirate Tours.
A favorite tour with Foodies is a Charleston Food Tour. These tours involve sampling some exceptional cuisine from some of the most talented chefs in Charleston. Visitors will walk and taste their way through history, while learning about how Lowcountry cuisine has evolved in Charleston.
Most Charleston walking tours last about two hours, and you may need to make reservations in advance, because many of them sell out early. Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, put on sunscreen, and bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
Historic Charleston Tours
Mike Frederick is a licensed city guide that has lived in the Old and Historic District for more than 25 years. He can give you a perspective that few others can. Travel little known pathways and learn of 350 year old traditions that are still practiced today.
Two Sisters Historic Walking Tours
Sisters Mary and Therese are native Charlestonians whose family first arrived in the area in 1793. These retired attorneys love sharing their knowledge of Charleston's vibrant history and its famous landmarks. Tours are $25 per person.
Oyster Point Walking Tours
Oyster Point Historic Tours was started by College of Charleston graduates with backgrounds in history, theater, and language. These graduates wanted to create an immersive and entertaining experience, while also being honest about Charleston's history. Tours are $20 per person.
Seventh-generation Charlestonian Michael Trouche is an award-winning journalist and author. He thoroughly explains Charleston’s unique history and culture from its founding in 1670 until the present day. Tours are $25 per person.
Free Tours by Foot
This name your price walking tour guarantees you will find your tour interesting and of the highest quality, or it's free. An expert guide will introduce you to this historic city, answer questions, and offer advice on places to visit. Each person will be charged a mandatory $3 booking fee.
Lowcountry Walking Tours
This group of Charlestonians and educators are eager to share unique stories and insights on Charleston's history. They offer daily intimate walking tours, including their most famous, The Charleston's Alleys and Hidden Passages tour. Tours start at $20 per person.
Say Charleston Private Photo Walking Tour
Tenth generation Charlestonian and award-winning professional photographer Liz Legare Duren takes guests on an informative tour around the city, while taking pictures of them among beautiful backdrops. Tours are $30 per person (2 person minimum).
Charleston in a Nutshell
Jeff Zimmerman, an eighth generation Carolinian, has a passion for history and southern culture. Enjoy a history by candlelight walking tour, where you will learn about Charleston's people, culture, and history all by candlelight. Tours are $15 - $23.
Charleston Sole Walking Tour
Brian Simms is a native Charlestonian whose family first arrived in the area in 1707. His two-hour walking tour will introduce you to popular landmarks and hidden gems. Tours are $25 per person.
Pineapple Tour Group
Enjoy the charming streets of Charleston as you stroll through three hundred years of history. Walk in the footsteps of politicians, patriots, and pirates, that shaped the history of the South. Tours are $35 - $40 per person.
Charleston History Tours
Joyce Weir, a student of photography and graphic design, offers a walking tour with photographic tips and composition for the best shots. Charleston is full of mystery, romance and southern charm, which makes for an amazing walking tour. Tours are $55 per person.
Ed Grimball's Walking Tour
Ed Grimball, a 12th generation Charlestonian, has been giving tours of Charleston for over 20 years. Ed offers a laid-back blend of history, architecture, and storytelling. His tours last about three hours, which is the longest walking tour in Charleston. Tours are $22 per person.
Walks of Charleston
Walks of Charleston, a family owned company, gathers together a knowledgeable team of guides who are passionate about the architecture, culture, and history of Charleston. The History Tour is a great introduction to Charleston. Tours are $20 - $25 per person.
Tommy Dew's History Tour
Tommy Dew has been giving tours of the downtown historic district for over 20 years. Guests will walk from the Market, through the old walled city, and to the Battery. Along the way, you will pass historic homes, churches, buildings, and gardens. Tours are $25 per person.
Charleston Old Walled City Tours
Al Ray, owner of Walled City Tours, is a seventh generation Charlestonian who has been giving tours in Charleston for almost 40 years. Join Al on a stroll of quaint alleys, grand mansions, and the beautiful waterfront. Tours are $26 per person.
Charleston Tea Party Walking Tours
Marianne Wichmann, the grande dame of walking tours, will take you to the center of the Old Walled City of Charles Towne. You will learn about historic homes, famous buildings, and private gardens. After the tour, you will return to Marianne's for a refreshing glass of tea. Tours are $25 a person.
Charleston Strolls opened in 1979 with the first daily walking tour of the Charleston historic district. Take a fascinating stroll with stories of Charleston’s rich history and colorful past, or roam inside the eerie 215-year-old city jail during daylight hours. Tours are $37 per person.
Before moving to Charleston in 2003, Martine Dulles was a docent at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. Martine offers historic city tours, holy city tours, architecture tours, and plantation tours in French and English. Contact Martine for tour pricing.
Uniquely Charleston Tours
Paul Garbarini offers small, custom tours on your schedule with only the people in your party. Guests are in for a wildly informative and fascinating tour of Charleston. Call Paul for pricing.
Skip Evans, a fifth-generation Charleston native, offers small intimate tours of the Holy City. Study the architecture of grand antebellum homes, visit historic attractions, and listen to stories about the people and events that helped shape a nation. Tours are $55 per person.
Ghost City Tours of Charleston
Ghost City Tours of Charleston, strives to be the best choice for ghost tours. You will journey to the most haunted places including alleys and graveyards, as guides present stories of Charleston's colorful and tragic past. Tours are $27-$37 per person.
Walks in History
Experience a tour led by best-selling Charleston authors Geordie Buxton and Ed Macy. Learn about a Citadel cadet who haunts a local hotel, orphans who haunt a dorm at a Charleston College, and a good spirit in a Freedman Methodist graveyard, to name just a few. Tours are $22 - $33 a person.
Old Charleston Walking Tours
Old Charleston Walking Tours has guides with years of research and storytelling experience. Their most famous tour, Pleasing Terrors, features stories about creepy history, haunted places, and forgotten folklore. Tours are $30 a person.
The founder of Tour Charleston, Julian Buxton, is the author of the best selling book The Ghosts of Charleston. Listen to supernatural stories including the headless Confederate soldier on the city's High Battery and unexplained events on the Cooper River Bridge. Tours are $22 - $34 per person.
This nighttime tour is the first official walking tour of Magnolia Cemetery previously off limits to commercial tour companies. The 90-minute walking tours promise the best of Magnolia's history, mystery, and spirits. Tours are $37
Ghosts of the South
Ghosts of the South has nightly guided walking ghost tours led by professional, licensed guides who have at least ten years experience. The tour will weave through Charleston's Old and Historic District, mixing ghost stories and history. Tours are $28 a person.
Tricia Goron, born and raised in Charleston, has been a registered guide for almost 20 years. Take an evening tour with her and learn about Charleston's haunted past while visiting some of Charleston's oldest cemeteries and graveyards. Tours are $28 - $50 a person.
Charleston Culinary Tours
Charleston Culinary Tours combine food and drinks with unique historic tours highlighting Lowcountry cuisine and cocktails. The tours will allow you to sample some of the finest food and meet with the owners and chefs of these amazing restaurants. Tours start at $75 a person.
Pub tours last approximately 2 ½ hours long and covers between three and five historic Charleston pubs throughout the course of the tour. Appetizers for everyone are served along the way, at a couple of the pubs we visit. Tours are $42 a person.
Charleston Segway Tours
Segway Tours of Charleston is a unique, fun way to see Charleston. Enjoy a one or two-hour historic guided tour while riding on a Segway. Training is included, and no experience is necessary. Tours are $57 - $77 a person.
Charleston Bicycle Tours
Charleston Bicycle Tours aim to share their love of the Lowcountry, its history, culture, and people. They believe the best way to see Charleston is on two wheels. It’s slower than a car, allowing you to take in all of the sights, sounds and smells around you. Tours start at $1695 a person.
Charleston Steeplechase Tours
Charleston Steeplechase is the only company offering running tours in Charleston. The tour is a 4-mile jog through the historic district with about 12 stops and accommodates all running abilities. Tours are $30 per person.
Charleston Pirate Tours
The owners of Charleston Pirate Tours, Eric and Sabrina, are native South Carolinians with backgrounds in tourism and theater. As they lead you through the French Quarter and along the waterfront, you will explore piracy and hear stories of famous pirates, including Blackbeard. Tours are $25 per person.
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