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  • Address: 188 Meeting St., Charleston 29401, USA

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Charleston City Market Tours

Smack in the middle of historic Charleston, the Charleston City Market is a central landmark for Holy City visitors. In addition to being one of the most visited historic attractions in town, the City Market—opened in 1807—is also one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the United States.

The Basics
History, shopping, and South Carolina culture lure visitors to the Charleston City Market in droves. Visit on a Charleston walking tour to learn about the market’s long history as a commerce hub from a tour guide, or browse the market’s indoor Great Hall and centuries-old outdoor sheds on your own. Stroll past low country goods like stone-ground grits, sweetgrass baskets, and benne wafers, plus home goods, crafts, and clothing from more than 300 vendors, many of whom make their wares by hand.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The market is a must for foodies and first-time visitors to Charleston. 
  • There are two cafés inside the market and many more in the surrounding streets.
  • Dress for the weather to fully enjoy the indoor and outdoor market areas.
  • The market is accessible to wheelchair users and strollers.

How to Get There
The Charleston City Market is located at the intersection of Market and Meeting streets in Charleston’s historic district. Though there are street parking spots and parking garages nearby, it’s best to walk or take public transit, as traffic can be thick and parking can be limited. The free DASH shuttle and the city’s many pedicabs are both good options.

When to Get There
The market is open every day from 9:30am to 6pm except on Christmas Day. A special night market runs from 6:30pm to 10:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and some Thursdays from April through December. 

Nearby Attractions in Historic Charleston 
Charleston’s historic downtown is rich with attractions beyond the City Market. Highlights include Rainbow Row, the Battery, and Waterfront Park. A number of guided tours, such as a carriage tour or a private tour, show you the sights while letting you in on Charleston’s history.

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Historic Charleston Walking Tour, Charleston, null
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Historic Charleston Walking Tour

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Join your knowledgeable and engaging local tour guide for a relaxing 2-hour stroll through the quaint and charming streets of the historic district, all the ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs

From USD $20.00
Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour, Charleston, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 99 Reviews

This 2.5-hour Charleston food walking tour features the area surrounding City Market in the historic downtown district. Learn about Charleston's history as you ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Guided Civil War Carriage Tour of Charleston, Charleston, Food Tours
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Guided Civil War Carriage Tour of Charleston

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Experience a carriage tour through the historical places of Civil War in Charleston. This 1-hour tour will give you an in-depth look at Charleston in the ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $26.00
Charleston Old South Evening Carriage Tour with Guide, Charleston, Horse Carriage Rides
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Charleston Old South Evening Carriage Tour with Guide

Ride in this 40-minute carriage with a licensed tour guide that focuses on the settlers who built Charles Towne and defended it against the Spanish, French, ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $26.00

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