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St. Michael's Church

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Towering above surrounding Charleston, the nearly 200-foot tall white steeple of St. Michael’s signals the site of the city’s oldest church. Inside, visitors and parishioners are transported back to the colonial era: alcoves shine with Tiffany stained glass windows, the original 1768 organ still pipes tunes and creaky wooden pews have seated centuries of worshipers including notables George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The central chandelier once blazed with candles, but has since been retrofitted with bulbs. Otherwise little altered, the church has survived tornadoes, an earthquake and even civil war bombings. The pulpit still bears battle wounds suffered in the 1865 Siege of Charleston Harbor. A table in the main vestibule along the western wall details the building’s long and storied history.

Choral music still emanates from St Michael’s on Sundays, and, as a still-functioning Episcopal Church, it can be sometimes challenging to tour the inside. Still, the exterior is a highlight of many historic downtown tours. It's still possible to see the old colonial clock— though minute hands weren’t added until the mid-1800s—and tour the adjacent cemetery, the final resting place of, among several other notables, two signers of the US Constitution.

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71 Broad Street, Charleston , South Carolina, 29401
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Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard

Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard

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Uncover Charleston’s darkest secrets on an evening ghost and cemetery tour. Stroll through the atmospheric heart of the old city while an entertaining local guide regales you with tales of the dark deeds, restless spirits and supernatural phenomena that make Charleston one of the most haunted cities in America. Get exclusive after-hour access to the famous Unitarian Church Graveyard, where an overgrown southern garden surrounds historic plots said to be haunted by wandering ghosts.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

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Get all the thrills of a Charleston ghost tour without any walking on this haunted horse and carriage ride. A horse and carriage takes you down twisting side streets and cobbled alleyways with ease as your guide shares spooky stories from Charleston’s past. Make your way past the Mills House, the Circular Congregational Graveyard, and and Provost Dungeon in the heart of the Holy City.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Hour Historic Charleston Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

2-Hour Historic Charleston Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities—Charleston, South Carolina—on this guided walking tour. Visit points of interest including Charleston City Hall; the Dock Street Theatre, America’s first theatre; the Old Exchange Building, South Carolina's most historic building; White Point Garden, in the heart of Charleston’s historic district with a spectacular view of Fort Sumter, and many more.
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  • 2 hours
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Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour

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An air-conditioned sightseeing bus offers a refreshing Charleston Sightseeing Tour for summertime visitors trying to escape the heat or those with limited mobility. Roll by popular "Holy City" sights like Rainbow Row, the Battery, White Point Gardens, Nathaniel Russell House, and St. Michael's Church from wide viewing windows while your guide informs and entertains with stories from Charleston's rich past.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Charleston's Pleasing Terrors Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour
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Charleston's Pleasing Terrors Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour

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Join Charleston native and host of the popular Pleasing Terrors Podcast, Mike Brown, on this 90-minute Pleasing Terrors Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour. Join Mike as he combines suspenseful storytelling with unparalleled knowledge of the hidden and often frightening stories lurking in Charleston's past and present.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Charleston in a Nutshell Private Tours
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Charleston in a Nutshell Private Tours

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This private sightseeing tour of Charleston offers a local perspective on the most charming city in the South. Beat the crowds of bus tours and go where carriage rides can’t as your licensed guide drives you around the peninsula in the comfort of a private vehicle. As you drive past top sights like Waterfront Park and the Battery, hear stories of Charleston history and culture in the Holy City.
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  • 2 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Charleston Old Walled City Historical Walking Tour

Small-Group Tour: Charleston Old Walled City Historical Walking Tour

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A walking tour of Charleston is especially pleasant when done in a small group of just 15 people or fewer. Avoid overcrowded sidewalks and photo ops as you follow your guide through the historic French Quarter, past the mansions of Broad Street, and down to the Charleston Battery. As you walk, your guide regales you with tales of Charleston's fascinating history, which is all too easy to miss if you forgo a guide.
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  • 2 hours
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2-Hour Charleston Historic Downtown Guided Walking Tour

2-Hour Charleston Historic Downtown Guided Walking Tour

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Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities — Charleston, South Carolina — on this guided, 2-hour walking tour. Visit points of interest including Chalmers Street and the Old Slave Mart; the Dock Street Theatre in the historic French Quarter neighborhood; Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; the Old Exchange Building, South Carolina's most historic building; plus St. Michael's Alley, Washington Square and White Point Garden, in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, with a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and many more.
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  • 2 hours
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Evening History Tour

Evening History Tour

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The Evening History Tour is the only evening tour that IS NOT A GHOST TOUR. We focus on the history of the people and places of this most historic city. Take a tour in the evening to beat the heat of the day. Go before or after dinner at one of our fine restaurants.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes
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Charleston: Off The Beaten Path

Charleston: Off The Beaten Path

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Peace and quiet is what makes this tour special. We walk the streets in a less traveled part of the historic district passing beautiful gardens, stately homes, and visit the inside of two breathtaking churches. This is a part of the city missed by the average guest, and one that you surely wouldn't want to miss yourself.
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  • 2 hours
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The Best of Charleston: History, Culture & Architecture Tour
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The Best of Charleston: History, Culture & Architecture Tour

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Your guide brings history to life during this Charleston walking tour of the city's historical downtown. See notable buildings including the Nathaniel Russell House, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, and the Old Slave Mart Museum. As you walk over the flat and easy terrain with your guide, discover the history that occurred right under your feet and around every corner from Rainbow Row to the Battery.
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French Quarter Historic Charleston Walk
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French Quarter Historic Charleston Walk

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If you're a history buff or just someone who appreciates how a city has come to be what it is today, Charleston is full of historical stories you'll want to hear. This Charleston French Quarter Historic Walking Tour takes you through the city from Joe Riley Waterfront Park all the way to Philadelphia Alley with more than 10 stops. Learn about the city's history while you see its most impressive sights.
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Private Walking Tour of Historic Charleston

Private Walking Tour of Historic Charleston

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Who better to guide you through the heart of Charleston than a native Charlestonian? Discover Charleston's heart and soul as you walk through the picturesque streets and quaint alleyways of Charleston’s Historic District. Guided by Timothy Trouche, an eighth-generation Charleston native and third generation Charleston tour guide, you will learn how “The Holy City” withstood the test of time, rebuilding upon her ashes and ultimately being preserved as the gem you see today. Share in Tim’s hometown knowledge of Charleston’s rich history from its colonial days as Charles Town, through the American Revolution and Civil War. Each tour offers breathtaking views of the harbor, beautifully preserved historic homes, churches and gardens.
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Charleston Chicora 2 Hours Walking Tour

Charleston Chicora 2 Hours Walking Tour

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Learn about the history of Charleston and the Native American tribe, known as Chicora, in South Carolina on this educational walking tour of the city. Stops include St. Philip's Church, Old Slave Mart Museum, Rainbow Row, Nathaniel Russell House, and more. Go off-the-beaten path and discover more than the usual tourist spots.
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  • 2 hours
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Charleston Self-Guided Audio Tour

Charleston Self-Guided Audio Tour

Short and highly selective information in the audio commentary for tourist attractions in around Charleston Highlights of this Self-Guided Audio Tour • It allows you to go as per your own convenience of time, pace and locations; skip the content that doesn't interest you and listen longer with content that does interest you. • Not necessary to download any location tracking apps, Audio guide can be listen it on online (or) offline. •Available in multiple languages, you can choose the one which you’re more comfortable with. • It is one of the best option with lowest price when compared to hiring a tour guide. •If you have any questions about any attractions, No worries we will answer in your language instantly by message.
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Highlights of Charleston Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

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Highlights of Charleston Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Get a taste of the authentic antebellum American south with this tour of Charleston, SC. Explore historic districts packed with lovely shops and beautiful architecture as you relive the dramatic events of the leadup to (and aftermath of) the Civil War. Plus, get an inside look at what life was like not only for Charleston’s most wealthy, but also for the enslaved people who generated all that wealth. This tour offers a comprehensive view of this fascinating city and its past. Here's how it works: Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and the Action Tour Guide app. Download the Action Tour Guide onto your phone and enter the password. Then download the tour inside. When you arrive, go to the Visitor Center to start the tour. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience. No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity! This isn't an entrance ticket. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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Charleston's Best History Walking Tour - 2 PM

Charleston's Best History Walking Tour - 2 PM

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Hi ya'll, I'm Cooper. There are many walking tours in Charleston. Some better than others. None more informative than this tour. We pride ourselves on providing a story-based tour of the historic district, in a humorous, yet accurately historical way. The information you learn on our tours will simply amaze you. From the events of colonial Charleston to the quirky little facts no other tour takes the time to research. We teach history in a fun and interactive way. We start by having a discussion about what you like in history. The things that you want to learn. From there we'll craft the tour around such topics as modern-day charleston, the civil war, the revolutionary war, cultural history, architecture, and even talk about the reality of slavery in Charleston. We were voted best history tour in Charleston, and we work hard every day to live up to that title. So come on ya'll...let's learn some history
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Charleston Family & Child-Friendly Nighttime Ghost Tour with Unitarian Graveyard

Charleston Family & Child-Friendly Nighttime Ghost Tour with Unitarian Graveyard

Come walk with us on the Kids & Family version of The Ghosts of Charleston walking tour, leaving nightly from Buxton Books, Charleston’s independent bookstore located at 160 King Street. Our licensed guides are expert storytellers who lead you through centuries old alleys and paths while sharing stories and solid history from Julian Buxton’s best-selling book, The Ghosts of Charleston. The true tales of intrigue, tragedy, and lost love reveal a rich underside of Charleston’s character that isn’t apparent during the day. The highlight of your tour is our exclusive nighttime access to the 18th century Unitarian Church Graveyard, where you will experience something magical. The Ghosts of Charleston is Buxton Books’ signature and most popular book-based walking tour -- a favorite of visitors and locals for over 25 years.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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The Miracle Mile Sunday Morning Church Walking Tour

The Miracle Mile Sunday Morning Church Walking Tour

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Take advantage of the quietest morning of the week, and walk the Miracle Mile of the oldest churches in the South. These gorgeous worship houses have withstood hurricanes, earthquakes and many wartime bombs. We will wander into the graveyards and cemeteries and see important dignitaries of the revolutionary and civil wars. And our path leads us by other historical landmarks as well. These churches have limited access during the weekdays, but the sanctuaries are open on Sundays. Depending on our timing, you will get a chance to see the interiors of these historic landmarks. I am a city certified tour guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Patriots and Pirates Siege of Colonial History Tour

Patriots and Pirates Siege of Colonial History Tour

People come from all over the country to visit Charleston, which is a renowned tourist attraction. Visitors today adore taking leisurely strolls along the lovely cobblestone walks, admiring the beauty of nature, enjoying a meal by the river, and shopping on King Street for the newest styles. Underneath all of this beauty and impressive architecture, there lie horrifying memories of destruction, mayhem, and death. Charleston has survived numerous difficult wars, Mother Nature, and threats from an endless sea of adversaries since its founding in 1670. Well-known pirates like Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet posed a threat to Charleston. Take a journey of the stunning surrounds of Charleston, from The Battery to White Point Gardens to the Stede Bonnet Monument, to discover how the city's lovely mansions and pathways came to be. This unique historical tour, which begins at The Battery, explores Charleston's history of pirates and patriots.
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St. Michael's Church hours of operation: Varies by day. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.