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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon Tours

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
The Old Exchange is one of the oldest structures in Charleston, a famous city landmark, and one of the most historically significant buildings in the United States. Once the site of important political events, the building is now open to the public for fascinating tours, including a walk-through of its haunted Provost Dungeon.

The Basics
From banquets with George Washington to the ratification of the South Carolina Constitution, the Old Exchange has witnessed a significant chunk of Charleston and US history. Today the popular landmark’s exhibits showcase Charleston’s early days through artifacts, paintings, and documents—part of the original Charleston seawall is a visitor favorite—and museum docents dressed in period clothing are available to answer questions.

Admission includes a self-guided tour of the top two floors and a 25-minute guided tour of the Provost Dungeon. Alternatively, pick up a combo ticket that includes access to the Old Slave Mart Museum, or a Charleston Tour Pass for entry to this and up to 30 other attractions. Many sightseeing tours of the city pass by the building, and some include time for a visit.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon are a must for first-time visitors to Charleston, especially history buffs.
  • Plan to spend roughly an hour exploring the sight.
  • Children under the age of 6 are free, and there are discounts for seniors, teachers, students, and military.
  • The Old Exchange is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The Old Exchange is located at the intersection of East Bay and Broad streets in the heart of downtown Charleston. It is easy an easy walk or bike ride from most downtown locations. If driving, note that parking can be challenging; consider a nearby parking garage. 

When to Get There
The Old Exchange is open daily from 9am to 5pm with the exception of major holidays. Tours begin every half hour starting at 9:30am. If you’re visiting Charleston in the summertime, keep in mind that the Old Exchange is air-conditioned and can provide a welcome break from the heat.

The Provost Dungeon
During the American Revolution, British soldiers converted the bottom floor of the Exchange building into a prison. It is rumored that the ghosts of these prisoners—including American prisoners of war, British soldiers, and enslaved people—still linger in the Provost Dungeon today, but only a Charleston ghost tour that includes a visit to the Old Exchange can let you know for certain.
Address: 122 East Bay Street, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Admission: Varies
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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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Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour

Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages 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 small-group walking tour. Explore some of the city’s most enchanting alleys and hidden passages. Visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, a colonial building with a 300-year history; Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; plus historic Philadelphia Alley, and many more.
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Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

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Ride a horse-drawn carriage through the heart of historic Charleston on a guided tour through the heart of the city. Soak up the old fashioned charm of cobblestone streets lined with antebellum houses, lush gardens, and landmark churches as you listen to stories about Charleston history, architecture, and culture.
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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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Charleston Ghost & Dungeon Night-Time Walking Tour

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Charleston History Sightseeing Bus Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House

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Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities—Charleston, South Carolina—on this guided sightseeing tour. Visit a plethora landmarks including Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; 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. Upgrade option available to include a tour of the famous Joseph Manigault House, one of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures.
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Highlights of Charleston Guided Walking Tour

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Charleston Ghosts of Liberty Guided Walking Tour

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston

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Discover downtown Charleston on a Southern-style carriage ride that passes through the Commercial District and Waterfront Park. Learn about the history, architecture, and people of this old South Carolina city throughout the tour.
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The Best of Charleston: History, Culture & Architecture 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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A Charleston Walking Tour

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Charleston's Private Old South Carriage Evening Tour

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Charleston Chicora Walking Tour

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Charleston Land & Sea Combo: Historical Sightseeing Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

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On this historical Charleston tour, journey back in time as your guide reveals the beauty and charm of one of America's most historic cities. Learn about the history of Charleston and discover its pivotal role in American history with visits to more than 100 points of interest including Rainbow Row, Colonial Lake, the Old Exchange Building and Whitepoint Gardens. This tour combines a 90 minute Historic City Tour with a 90 minute narrated, non-stop Harbor Tour. The harbor tour may be taken in conjunction with the city tour or you may choose to split them up and take them on separate days.
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Charleston French Quarter Historic Guided Walking Tour

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Charleston's Haunted Ghost Tour - Smart Phone Guided Tour

Charleston's Haunted Ghost Tour - Smart Phone Guided Tour

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On our ghostly journey we will see Charleston’s most haunted sites and hear their ghostly stories including: Old Exchange and the Ghosts of the Prisoners Below The Blind Tiger and the Woman in Black The Dock Street Theater and the Ghost of Nettie The Pirates Courtyard and the Ghosts of the Hung Pirate St. Philips Church and the Ghost of the Weeping Woman The Powder Magazine and the Ghost of Gabriel The Circular Church Graveyard and the Trench Ghost Poogan’s Porch and the Ghost of the Pooch Haint Blue and it’s Spooky Past The Unitarian Cemetery and the Ghost of Anna The Old Charleston Jail and the Ghost of Lavinia Fisher This ghostly adventure is smart phone guided. You go to the Old Exchange, open the tour, enter your experience code from Viator and press play. From there you are guided turn by turn through Charleston's haunted streets.
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Charleston's Most Beautiful Walk 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 small-group walking tour. Explore some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods on Charleston’s most beautiful walk. Visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, a colonial building with a 300-year history; Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; plus the private gardens along Tradd Street; White Point Garden at the tip of the peninsula; the mansions along East Battery Street; mysterious Stoll’s Alley and many more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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