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Middleton Place Tours

Middleton Place
The 65-acre Middleton Place, a former rice plantation along the Ashley River, has persisted under the guidance of the Middleton family, without changing hands, for more than 320 years. Visitors to this National Historic Landmark home—built in 1755 by the father of Arthur Middleton, who signed the Declaration of Independence—can explore the Middleton Place house, the lavish landscaped gardens (the oldest in the nation), and the stable yards, where staff dressed in period clothing demonstrate weaving, blacksmithing, carpentry, and other trades formerly undertaken by slaves.

The Basics
A visit to Middleton Place offers insight into what Southern plantation life was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. A general admission ticket includes access to the sprawling landscaped gardens and plantation stable yards, while possible add-on experiences are a 45-minute guided tour of the House Museum and a leisurely 40-minute open-air carriage tour around the plantation grounds. Those with more time can book a room at the Middleton Place Inn, which includes access to all Middleton points of interest.
  • This site is a must-see for history buffs.
  • Give yourself a minimum of two hours (and as much as a full day) to tour the estate.
  • The gardens are mostly wheelchair accessible, and the site offers handicapped parking and restrooms. The House Museum is not handicapped accessible.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing for outdoor conditions.

How to Get to Middleton Place
Middleton Place is located about 30 to 40 minutes from downtown Charleston along the Ashley River and is best visited by car via Interstate 95. Parking is free of charge. For those without access to a car, it’s also possible to visit on a private tour, which usually includes roundtrip transportation from Charleston.

When to Get There
While Middleton Place is open throughout the year, many visitors plan their trip based on what’s blooming in the gardens. The winter months see centuries-old camellias burst into bloom, while vibrant azaleas put on a show above Rice Mill Pond in spring. In summer, expect roses, crepe myrtles, magnolias, and kalmia—as well as temperatures in the upper 80s.

A Taste of the Low Country
If walking around the grounds works up an appetite, grab a table at the Middleton Place Restaurant, where the menu features Carolina Low Country favorites like she-crab soup, collard greens, shrimp and grits, and Huguenot torte.
Address: 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29414, USA
Hours: Daily 9am–5pm
Admission: Varies
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Middleton Place Tour & Lunch with Transportation from Charleston

Middleton Place Tour & Lunch with Transportation from Charleston

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Middleton Place is one of the most popular plantations in the Charleston area, but getting there can be tricky without a private car. This tour makes it easy by including transportation from downtown Charleston aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned van, plus a guided tour of the house upon arrival. A 3-course lunch is also included for a taste of Lowcountry cuisine.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Charleston

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Charleston and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Charleston, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Private Tour Up Ashley River Road with Lunch Box

Half-Day Private Tour Up Ashley River Road with Lunch Box

We offer transportation for Private Groups and Families to explore all that the Charleston Area has to offer. Enjoy a beautiful ride up the Spanish Moss Canopied River Road to the historic Plantations in West Ashley. Each offers a unique perspective on antebellum life and educational programs for all ages.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$425.00
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Charleston

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Charleston

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Charleston and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Charleston, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Charleston

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Charleston

Don’t settle for low-quality snapshots of your vacation and instead preserve memories of your Charleston vacation with a private photography session. Whether for a family, couple, or individual, a professional can help you craft your dream photography session. Plus, a local photographer knows all the best photography spots and shows you to hidden gems missed by most tourists.
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  • 30 minutes
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Charleston

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Charleston

Create lasting picture-perfect memories of your anniversary, family vacation, or bachelorette weekend in Charleston during a private 1-hour photoshoot. Yourpersonal photographer takes you to the scenic location of your choosing, which simply can't be captured with a selfie stick. Within just five days of the shoot, you get access to an online gallery of high-resolution photos ready to print or share online.
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  • 1 hour
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Middleton Place hours of operation?
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Middleton Place hours of operation: Daily 9am–5pm. 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.
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