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Charleston's Hidden Alleyways & Historic Sites Small-Group Walking Tour

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Visit one of America’s most historic cities
  • Enjoy an historic walking tour of Charleston
  • Visit the city’s most enchanting alleys and hidden passages
  • Small group ensures personal attention

What's Included

  • Alleyways & Historic Sites Guided Walking Tour of Charleston
  • Small-Group for a more personalized experience
  • Go "off the beaten path" and explore the history and beauty of Charleston's enchanting alleyways
  • Professional and Licensed Local Guide
  • Learn about the history and events that shaped Charleston
  • Explore several alleys and popular points of interest like Rainbow Row
  • Stroll through the quaint and charming streets of the historic district
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 122 E Bay St
    122 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

    Please meet your tour guide on the North side of the Old Exchange Building where the benches are.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

This guided, narrated, educational tour of historic Charleston, South Carolina begins at the north side of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, a colonial building with a 300-year history featuring pirates, patriots and presidents alike, located at 122 East Bay Street.

Visit the city’s oftentimes forgotten alleys and hidden passages that barely pass for streets at all. See points of interest like Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States, the Heyward-Washington House museum and much more, including St. Philip's Episcopal Church.

Learn about Revolutionary and Civil War facts and anecdotes while you explore. End your tour near the starting point.

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

Learn about the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Rainbow Row

Learn about the history of Rainbow Row.

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

This visit is a must for all of the historical and current information that he provides.
There should be an understanding that there will be a "drop off" point at about 1 hr 15 minutes where some of the group can leave without ado or embarrassment.
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Great Walking Tour
Sharon_W, Aug 2022
We loved Steve, very knowledgeable! It was great that Steve was a native of Charleston. Tour started on time and it was a full 2 hours. It was a good value for the money. I have been on other Charleston walking tours which I loved. I chose this one which sounded different and I loved it too.
Fun and interesting.
Rabia_E, Aug 2022
Kay was amazing. She was a great story teller and loaded with personality. She showed us off the beaten path places with interesting history.
Emily is great!
Seth_M, Sep 2022
Learning more about the history of Charleston and how it relates to the history of the United States.
Interesting history and a beautiful walk
Kathryn_G, Sep 2022
Loved exploring the alleys and passageways. Captain Jim had some great stories and I learned a lot, even though this wasn’t my first trip to Charleston. Unfortunately it was also really hot and I didn’t bring water. That’s my only suggestion if you go on a Charleston walking tour in the summer.
Narrator was...
Carol_B, Sep 2022
Narrator was knowledgeable and informative added some dry humor. On time and he added some additional facts was enjoyable!
Charleston day trip
ChrisAnne_C, Aug 2022
Mark was an excellent guide for our tour! He was full of lifelong experiences and stories from growing up in Charleston. We were only in town for a day, so it was a great way to get a condensed history tour.
Loved Kay!!
Jessica_M, Sep 2022
Kay was the best tour guide ever!! She knew so much history of the city and presented it in such an entertaining way. Loved her 😊
Great tour!
Elizabeth_A, Sep 2022
Friendly Captain Jim! Very knowledgeable. Allowed us to continue a tour after the time limit bc we were all still very interested in seeing more with him. Great experience. Definitely recommend- we went on a Sunday morning. Perfect time to go!
Charleston Girls Trip
Cathy_B, Aug 2022
Kay was an excellent tour guide. She has limitless enthusiasm and Lots of fun facts. I would ask for her if I come back.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Alley tour is a must.
Jules_W, Aug 2022
Kay was amazing. She is a great historian. I would take tour with her any day. Very entertaining and knowledgeable
Excellent Tour - Bring Your Walking Shoes!
Shannon_H, Sep 2022
Steve was an excellent tour guide and walking the back alleyways was a unique way to navigate through the historic areas of the city. Highly recommend, but come prepared with good walking shoes as we covered some pretty uneven walkways.
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Phillip_S, Jul 2022
Captain Jim was great! His knowledge of the city and it’s history was amazing. We were thoroughly entertained and informed on this tour. Highly recommend it!!!
Excellent tour of back alleys
kpugh73374, Sep 2022
Kay was an excellent guide. She is friendly, very knowledgeable and engaging. We very much enjoyed the tour that she provided us, and on her recommendation we returned the next day to visit the Slave Mart Museum, which wad also very interesting.
nadinewestover, Aug 2022
Captain Jim wove together a beautiful experiences through the passages of the yesterdays into a modern understanding of Charleston today.
Wonderful tour with exceptional guide
Anita_M, Sep 2022
Our tour guide Capt Jim was excellent. He shared so much great information about Charleston and seeing the less travelled alleyways and sites was a treat. We loved the hidden sites, the history we learned and Capt Jim. Highly recommend this tour!
Steve was excellent....
raymond_m, Aug 2022
Steve was excellent. Enjoyed the information about Charleston he shared with us. Seems to be a very nice person
History lovers!
Tammy_P, Aug 2022
Very knowledgeable and a thoroughly entertaining experience. Bruce is a local celebrity! Loved seeing a lot of the premier sites in Charleston!
Awesome way to see & learn about Charleston
Caryl_D, Aug 2022
Kay was awesome guide!! Great fun! A “must do” when in Charleston!!! Such a great way to see and learn about Charleston!!!
Highly recommend
Edward_G, Sep 2022
Great tour and guide. The tour covered hidden parts of Charleston not typically covered on general tours.
Best tour we’ve done.
Rheanna_L, Sep 2022
Kim was absolutely amazing. She is a fantastic storyteller and the fact that she seemed to know everyone made the city feel even more charming. We loved the tour and would recommend it to everyone.


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