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Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour

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Charleston, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

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
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Departure Point

122 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
Learn about the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rainbow Row
Learn about the history of Rainbow Row.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Heyward-Washington House
Learn about the Heyward Washington House
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Philadelphia Alley
Hear the History of Philadelphia Alley
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Philip's Church
Learn about St Philips Church
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lowcountry Walking Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Walking Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "This visit is a must for all of the historical and current information that he provides." See review
  • "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." See review

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star-5
Awesome tour!
Tiffany_H
, Nov 2020
Dennis was awesome!! Super knowledgeable and entertaining! My teens loved it....and they don't like tours😊. Would highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you so much for your feedback! It means everything to us that you loved the tour so much that you would recommend it to others. We sincerely hope to have you and your family on another walk soon!
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star-4
Worth the time and money
Kara_P
, Nov 2020
This tour took us behind the scenes of the oldest homes in Charleston. We were literally winding through alleys and streets that we would have never known about or ventured down, as it's not an area that shows up on the "things to do" lists. Loved the wandering we did. Thought the actual info shared by the tour guide was a little cheesy, but what we saw and where we went made it 100% worthwhile.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you so much for your feedback. It is fantastic to hear that you had a wonderful time exploring Charleston's Alleys with us, and we hope to welcome you back onto another tour soon.
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star-5
Best way to see CHS
LezLee_L
, Nov 2020
The guides knowledge is incredible. We loved the Phillip Simmons knowledge and the quiet streets/alleys.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for taking some time to share your review, we really appreciate your feedback.
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star-5
Fun, Interesting, Informative Tour
Paul_T
, Nov 2020
We loved our tour with Jim! He was very knowledgeable and he seemed genuinely interested in the history and information he shared with us. Jim was also funny without being cheesy or trying too hard. The amount of time we stopped and walked was a comfortable pace. This tour was much more interesting and informative than a generic "see Charleston" tour. It was fun to go through the pretty and hidden passages we never would have seen otherwise. A + !!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you so much for your feedback! Our guides take great pleasure in sharing their knowledge and passion with our guests and we are so happy it shows. We are delighted that you had a great time and hope to see you again on another walking tour soon.
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star-5
Super fun!!
Karen_M
, Nov 2020
wow! what a fun, informative tour! we saw the beauty of Charlestons architecture and garden scapes as well as learned about some very important locals who shaped our national history. Evers was friendly, personable and easy to understand even with his mask on
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you so much for your feedback! We are thrilled that you had fun on our tour, that is one of our main goals. We sincerely hope to have the pleasure of your company on another walk soon!
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star-5
Wonderful tour of Charleston’s hidden treasures
Linda_M
, Nov 2020
Our guide Jim was very informative & friendly. Enjoyed the history lessons and the opportunity to check out some very unique areas of Charleston. Highly recommended tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for choosing us to tour with, and for your kind review. Reading such wonderful reviews makes us all strive to continue to provide amazing experiences for all of our guests. We hope you will join us again soon!
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star-5
Terrific tour and beautiful scenery
Heather_H
, Nov 2020
This was a fantastic tour. Take it on a Sunday morning when there isn’t much commercial traffic around. The inner city and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods are beautiful and have so much interesting history that you wouldn’t normally see in a Charleston tour. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
We are so grateful that you took the time to recommend our tour to others. And a huge thank you for the detailed feedback and helpful suggestions. We are confident that you will love your next tour with us just as much, and can't wait to welcome you back!
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star-5
Really interesting tour
Debra
, Nov 2020
Really interesting tour and very knowledgeable guide. Steve was wonderful and shared so much great history.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for your nice words about Steve. He will be so happy that you enjoyed his tour. We hope to have the pleasure of your company on another walking tour soon!
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star-5
A fun and informative tour
Rosemary_R
, Nov 2020
Evans was very historically and botanically knowledgeable. We totally enjoyed his humor and insight into 3 centuries of Charleston life.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you for your review. It is wonderful to hear that Evans was able to provide you with such a wonderful tour experience. We look forward to sharing many more walks with you soon!
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star-4
Off the beaten path
MauraFletcher_F
, Nov 2020
Great off the beaten path tour. Started out with a lot of history and then walked around and saw beautiful off the main road sights
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you kindly for your review! We think this tour is a fascinating and unique way to experience another side to Charleston, one that not every visitor gets to see.Thanks again for your vote of confidence. We look forward to the next time!
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