Over 300 Years of History, Culture and Architecture!
Explore the Holy City's history, lore and legends from the ground up.
Get to know the City from the unique perspective of Charleston-native Brian Simms, who will guide you on a memorable walking tour that includes an introduction to some of our most celebrated landmarks and hidden gems that make this such a special place to visit.
We will tour the Edmunston-Alston House, one of Charleston's historic house museums, cover architecture, preservation efforts, overall history of the Charleston area and much more!
We tour rain or shine. There are public buildings we are able to go in throughout the tour, so we can seek shelter if the weather is bad.
Along the Path:
We will enter the Edmunston-Alston House for an inside look into Charleston life during the "cotton boom".
The Old Exchange Building: one of America's most historically important and beautiful buildings, second only to Independence Hall
St. Michael's Church: the oldest church edifice in Charleston
Dock Street Theatre: considered America's first for a theatrical season
Four Corners of Law: referenced in Ripley's "Believe It or Not"
Rainbow Row: multi-colored residences today, was once the center of the waterfront economy
Antebellum Mansions: see the grandeur and beauty of these pre-Civil War homes
Historic Waterfront Battery: named for the entrenchments and bastions once protecting the holy city
Revolutionary and Civil Wars: overall history and sites that defined these battles for independence and state rights
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet at the location of your choice. A central meeting point would be Washington Square Park behind City Hall. This building is at the intersection of Broad and Meeting Streets, "Four Corners of Law".
End location: We will end the tour in a central location around King, Meeting,and East Bay St. near shopping, restaurants and other activities.
Duration: 4 hours
This is a walking tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 US Dollar - This is for any personal items such as food or drink which are not covered by tour fees.
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This was our first visit to South Carolina and we totally enjoyed our 4 hour walking tour in downtown Charleston with Brian. He was unbelievably knowledgeable and was able communicate a lot of information in a very relaxed and conversational manner. Our pace was comfortable, we never felt rushed, yet we came away feeling like we got a real taste for the city and it's history. We'd highly recommend Brian if you'd like to enhance your visit to Charleston.