Historic Charleston Driving/Walking Tour, Edmondston-Alston House & Ft. Sumter


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City, First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes. Persons of all ages are welcome.

Friendly: Yes.
Some sidewalks in the city are uneven, but they are negotiable and all public buildings entered do have accessibility.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent)

Historic District, Edmondston-Alston House & Ft. Sumter

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 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 Ft. Sumter, where the Civil War began. We will also tour the Edmondston-Alston House, where Gen. Beauregard watched the Ft. Sumter bombardment, cover architecture, preservation efforts, overall history of the Charleston area and much more!


Pickup: 8:30-8:45am at your place of lodging.

Boarding at Ft. Sumter Tours begins at 9:15am most of the year. December 1-February 28, begins at 10:45. Tour time lasts a total of 2 hours (30 minute boat ride to fort, one hour on fort and 30 minute boat ride back to dock)

After our Ft. Sumter tour we can get lunch at any restaurant of your choice. There are many casual and quick spots to eat as well nearby.

During our combined driving and walking tour we will enter the Edmondston-Alston House for an inside look into a town house of Charleston's elite during the 19th century.

Some sights on our tour include The Old Exchange Building, St. Michael's Church, Dock Street Theatre (America's first), Four Corners of Law, Rainbow Row, Antebellum Mansions, Historic Waterfront Battery, Revolutionary and Civil War history

End time: 3:00-4:00pm at place of your choosing (hotel or central location)

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

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

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

Duration: 6 hours


Transportation will be provided by guide in a comfortable SUV.

What’s Included

Other: Entrance into Edmondston-Alston House and Fort Sumter is included in price.

What’s Extra

Other: Any food on this tour is extra. Lunch spots can range from $10-20 person average.

A Recent Review of this tour

Brian was extremely knowledgeable, clearly loved his job and knew all the locals. One of our best tours ever!
John Story

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