A Day at Middleton Place Plantation

Tour Number

Activity Level



First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for children who are able to take a long walk in the garden. Strollers are allowed, except for the house tour. Garden paths can be bumpy.

Friendly: Yes.
Some parts of this tour may be doable for people using a wheelchair. I am available to create custom tours!

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent), Spanish (basic)

5 Hour Day at Middleton Place Plantation including Carriage Ride, Gardens, Barnyard, and House Museum

Visit Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark located on the banks of the Ashley River. Includes a guided walking tour of the formal landscaped gardens. Experience 18th and 19th century plantation life with costumed craftspeople and historic animal breeds in the Plantation Stableyards. Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride around the estate.

Tour the House Museum, which is the only surviving portion of the three-building residential complex. The story is interpreted through a collection of furniture and furnishings that belonged to and were used by family members.

Let me know if you would like to have a delicious lunch or dinner at the renowned Middleton Place Restaurant!


Depart from meeting location, to drive to Middleton Plantation on the Ashley River. (Approximately 30 minutes)

Stroll through America's Oldest Landscaped Gardens. (60 minutes)

Continue through the Plantation Stableyards where period correct enclosures house historic breeds of large animals. A weaver, cooper, carpenter, potter and blacksmith demonstrate their skills. (60 minutes)

Leisurely carriage ride through the gardens. (45 minutes)
subject to weather, trail conditions

House Museum Tour (45 minutes)

Drive back to agreed upon end location.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 5 hours

This is a minimum time for the basic tour, based on normal traffic and good weather. Our time may also vary in the event that the carriage ride is not available due to weather or trail conditions. There are other activities and tours available at the Plantation. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you would like to embellish your tour with a meal or additional tour(s) at the Plantation.


Luxury Honda CRV EXL. Larger vehicle available for more than 4 guests for an additional fee.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation
  • Admission Tickets

Other: Private guide services with transportation and Middleton Place Plantation entrance fees for two people for Middleton guided tour of formal Gardens, Stable Yard, House Museum Tour and horse drawn carriage ride. Weather conditions may affect the roads, etc. for the carriage ride, at which time we can alter our tour accordingly!

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 USD - Lunch menu ranges from $6 for a cup of soup to $18 for a full hot meal.
Dinner menu entree ranges from $20 to $28.

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: There are other tours available at the plantation which are not mentioned here and which would be an extra expense to guests.

Cost of food and drink are not included. There is a restaurant featuring local, mostly organic low country food which would be an extra cost.


I do not generally guide within the museums.

Private tour guide Carolyn S.

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Questions about the tour? Not seeing exactly what you’re looking for? Contact this guide with questions, or to create a custom itinerary for you and your travel companions.

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