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Charleston's French Quarter Guided Walking Tour

Product ID: 46311
Explore Charleston's fabled walled city in the oldest French Quarter in the United States. This informative 2-hour stroll with a Charleston certified tour guide explores the highlights of the historic district, national landmarks, and the majestic harbor.
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Duration: 120 minutes
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  • Marvel at the centuries-old Gothic Revival dripping spires of America's oldest French Huguenot Church
  • Walk along alleyways and cobblestone streets, by redans, and through churchyards as you listen to historic highlights
  • Admire architecture and points of interest you might not see on your own
Full description
The tour highlights include the imposing 4 corners of Law and its four nationally historic registered buildings of St. Michael’s Church (ca.1752), where President George Washington, General Charles Pinckney, and Marquis de Lafayette worshiped, Charleston's Federal building (ca. 1896), Charleston County Courthouse (ca.1790) designed by John Hoban who designed The White House in D.C., and Gabriel Manigault's City Hall (ca. 1800).

The tour swings back down Charleston's longest cobblestone road to see a glimpse of the Dock Street Theater (ca.1735), the oldest French Huguenot Church (ca.1681), St. Phillip's Church (congregation's history dating back to 1680), the Bermuda stone-built Pink House (ca.1688-1712),  historic baracoon / slave hotel, Unity Alley, and ends with the breathtaking view of the harbor castle, forts, islands, and Atlantic Ocean.

Two Hour Option:
Spend an enjoyable 2 hours walking along the old walled city perimeter with its cobblestone roads and alleys in the steps of Charleston's French merchants and other European forefathers. Your native storyteller/guide will show you some of America's earliest architecture and national historic landmarks.

Visit the oldest burial grounds to see the final resting place of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, and take in the remains of a 17th-century drawbridge.

Admire beautiful parks with historic monuments, and expansive views of Charleston's great harbor with its castles and forts that shaped much of America's maritime and military history.

Charleston's French Quarter is home to many fine historic buildings, including:
• the Pink House (c. 1688-1712)
• the Old Slave Mart baracoon where slaves were confined in the 1850s
• many of America's first churches dating back to the 1600s
• Dock Street Theater, where the first theatrical performances were held in the U.S.
• the imposing 4 Corners of Law with its 1752 St. Michael’s Church attended by George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette
• the headquarters of General Robert E. Lee
• the Old Exchange Building
• and many more!
  • Two-hour guided walking tour
  • City of Charleston licensed tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Outside at front enclave of the East Bay Executive Center at 174 East Bay Street.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Be sure to bring water and sunglasses if the weather is warm and sunny, and wear comfortable shoes
• Cancellations within 24-hours are non-refundable, however, you will be allowed to reschedule your tour date
• Tours run rain or shine. If supplier cancels due to inclement weather you will be offered a refund or you can reschedule your tour.
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From £18.40 £12.88 per person

Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 47 reviews

Review summary

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    4.9 / 5
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    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    5 / 5
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Georgie was awesome giving me and a nice lady from Boston an almost private 2 hour tour. Even though he was born and raised in Charleston, he took nothing for granted when presenting some of the more important sites. He was also (noticeably) kind and respectful of other tours going on simultaneously, having us go around them. In addition, Georgie showed a grand sense of curiosity finding a new gem or two to add to his quiver of knowledge.

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March 11, 2020

Geordie, our guide, was really knowledgable and brought the history of the French quarter to life through stories and interesting facts. He introduced to a number of public buildings which I was able to go back to later in my holiday. I have been to Charleston many times but was unaware that the public could explore inside these buildings.

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October 22, 2019

Great guide, Gordie

My friend and I were the only ones on this 90-minute historic walking tour; therefore our guide said he could be flexible to include what we wanted to see. He was very articulate, interesting and informative about the history in the area. We walked throughout the historic area, stopping at an old cemetery, churches, government buildings, beautiful homes and a theatre. The theater was open for tours that day, so we received a private tour of the beautiful restored theater downtown. Our guide was full of facts about the homes and their early inhabitants, their relationship to the city. I would recommend this tour.

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June 23, 2019

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Product ID: 46311