Explore North America's only English walled city - Charleston. Accompanied by an expert guide, stroll though quaint cobblestone streets while learning about the city's fascinating, turbulent past and its unique place in the history of the United States.
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Duration: 2 hours
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  • Visit the historical walled city of Charleston on an enlightening 2-hour walking tour
  • Visit key sites such as churches and colonial homes
  • Hear tales of pirates, patriots, belles and balls from a 7th generation Charlestonian and expert storyteller
Full description
An exciting walking tour of the only English walled city in North America - Charleston! Once the leading seaport of the thirteen colonies and later the United States, historical Charleston is waiting to be discovered.

On this 2-hour walking tour, you will learn about the intriguing history of Charleston from veteran guide Al Ray. See pre-and-post colonial homes, storefronts, churches and public buildings while Ray recounts the rich tales and legends of Charleston's proud and turbulent past.

Learn the meanings of the ancient symbols on the tombstones, the city's history of rapid growth and rampant piracy, and the rise of the rice planters.

Listen to your charismatic guide describe the numerous disasters, such as seven major fires, numerous hurricanes, epidemics, sieges and bombardments, plus a major earthquake, that have struck the city over its long and colourful history.
  • Two hour walking tour with professional guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Tour meets at Historic Charleston Foundation Gift Shop at 108 Meeting Street

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Know before you go
This is a walking tour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes, In warm weather, don't forget the sunscreen and bottled water!
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 77 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Al was so accommodating. We were the only people on his tour so he ask where we want to go. We said somewhere off the usual path. We loved the many places he took us and enjoyed his wonderful story telling. Think this is the best Charleston tour we were ever on.

21 January 2020

Fantastic - strictly recommended

Our tour guide Al was fanatstic and made it not worrying as the group was just my wife and me. He gave us nice impressions and interesting information during the tour. He was very friendly and patient with us as none Americans (not having all the backgrounds) and was always patient to answer our questions - and we had a lot! We got not tired listening to him and after 2.5 hrs we finished the fantastic tour including some areas, we hadn’t spotted ourselves. Good guy and Guide. 5stars for him.

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