Recommended by Travel & Leisure, Charleston’s Alleys and Hidden Passages Tour explores some of Charleston’s most enchanting alleys and hidden passages.
“Charleston alleys, for narrowness and length, will bear comparison with any in the country, and in quaintness will yield probably only to Boston or Annapolis.” This statement, written by the New York Times in 1894 still holds true today.
Distinguished by their beauty, Charleston’s alleys occupy spaces that blur the line between public and private areas and offer remarkable insight into the history of the Holy City. These quaint passageways are frequently inaccessible by automobiles and are often overlooked, even by frequent visitors and residents who are more focused on the City’s grand homes and famous landmarks. However, walking along these picturesque cobblestone, brick and stone pathways offers an opportunity to step back in time and appreciate more fully Charleston’s charms on an intimate and inviting scale.
It has been said of Charleston that it is the only place in the world where one may live on an alley and be respected. We invite you to come explore some of these alleys, and other landmarks along the way, on your next trip to Charleston.
Daily at 2pm (offered at 9:30am during the hottest summer months). Tour lasts approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
122 East Bay Street. Please meet your guide on the North side of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, where there is a shade tree and a bench.
$25/person (maximum of 10 people allowed per tour)
*Please note that this tour might be difficult to navigate for those using strollers or wheel chairs as we travel down some cobblestone pathways and very uneven surfaces.