Walks of Charleston Tours

Walks of Charleston Tours

For those guests looking to take a walking tour on a day when our small group tours are booked and don’t mind joining a larger group for a discounted rate, we recommend taking a walking tour with our parent company, Walks of Charleston!

THIS HOLY CITY WALKING TOUR

Charleston is home to some of the oldest Christian and Jewish congregations in the country. Join your guide, Evans Byrd as you explore the different faiths and their historic houses of worship, from the oldest Baptist Church in the nation founded in 1682, to the Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, home of the oldest continuous Jewish congregation in America.

Founded in 1670, Charleston, SC, is known as the “Holy City” because it guaranteed religious liberty to settlers under the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina. Because of this document, people from all over Europe flocked to Charleston to escape religious persecution. The Holy City Church Tour is a unique historic 2½ hour walking tour with a focus on Charleston’s different faiths and their historic houses of worship, from the oldest Baptist Church in the nation founded in 1682, to the Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, home of the oldest continuous Jewish congregation in America.

Please note that this is a tour of houses of worship and we ask that everyone be respectful of worshippers while we are inside the buildings.

HOURS:

Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 11am

MEETING PLACE:

Please meet your tour guide in front of St. Philip’s Church.

PRICE:

$25/adult & $15/child

OFF THE BEATEN PATH CHARLESTON

Are you ready to experience the beauty and fascinating history of Charleston with a native whose passion for his hometown will take you beyond the most well-known historical sites in Charleston?

Did you know that most tours of Charleston show you only a quarter of the Historic District. There is another side to Charleston’s Historic District with urban plantation settings, beautiful formal gardens and neighborhoods that survived the Civil War intact. Join skilled storyteller and native Charlestonian, Evans Byrd on his “Off the Beaten Path Charleston” walking tour as you discover the truly “hidden gems” of Charleston.

HOURS:

Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 2pm; Sundays at 10am and 2pm

MEETING PLACE:

Please meet your tour guide on the steps of the Charleston Library Society building located at 164 King Street.

PRICE:

$20/Adult & 10$/Child

CHARLESTON HISTORY WALKING TOUR

Discover the essentials of historic Charleston on this 2 plus hour walking tour, a wonderful introduction that begins at City Hall, one of the pillars of the Four Corners of Law, continues through the heart of the Old Walled City, passing St Philip’s Church and the Hayward Washington House, and down to the tip of the peninsula at White Point Gardens, also known as the “Battery.”

On this walk you will encounter hundreds of historic homes and buildings, beautifully designed and perfectly manicured gardens, and stately churches. From 1670 through the Civil War and up to the Charleston Modern Renaissance period, let our licensed guides entertain you with Charleston’s rich and colorful history. Please note that routes through the historic district may vary depending on the tour guide and time of day. Please inquire about specific sites you are interested in prior to the start of the tour.

HOURS:

Daily at 10:30am and 2pm

MEETING PLACE:

Please meet your tour guide outside City Hall at 80 Broad Street, Charleston SC.

PRICE:

$20/person (maximum of 20 people allowed per tour)

HAUNTED HISTORY TOUR

Looking for an evening tour learning about the tragic events that shaped Charleston’s history? This guided evening walking tour offered by Walks of Charleston tells the tales that make Charleston a city full of restless souls with unfinished business!

Highlights and stops along the tour may include:

  • A night scene of St. Phillips Episcopal Church decorated for the Holidays.

    The Historic City Market where you will hear about the Gullah belief in “boo hags”

  • The Wagener Building where George Poirier committed suicide and is believed to still be haunting its hallways
  • St Philip’s Church — discover why the graveyard is thought to be haunted by a woman who lost her child at birth
  • Philadelphia Alley — hear the tragic story of the “Whistling Doctor”
  • Unity Alley — hear the chilling story of our countries’ first serial killers, John & Lavinia Fisher
  • Old Exchange Building — Charleston’s most haunted building
  • Waterfront Park- hear about the “face in the flag” as you look out over the water to Fort Sumter.

This guided walking tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, beginning on the steps of the Confederate Museum at 188 Meeting Street. Tours cover approximately 5 blocks and are family friendly. Please note that the content of your tour may vary depending on the tour guide and time of day.

MEETING PLACE:

Please meet your guide on the steps of the Confederate Museum at 188 Meeting Street.

PRICE:

$20 per adult/ $10 per child (maximum of 20 people per tour)