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Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

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

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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2-Hour Hidden Alleyways & Passages 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
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.

This activity will end right where it started.
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
Pass By:  
Joe Riley Waterfront Park
Pass by Charleston Waterfront Park
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Lowcountry Walking Tours
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.

Learn more about cancellations.


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  • "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

Reviews

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star-5
Really fun and very informative!
Marsha_S
, May 2022
French Huguenots Church was amazing… All the history we learned was very informative! Loved Kay and her personality! Excellent tour guide!
star-5
Charleston Alley Tour
Michael_C
, May 2022
Kay was our tour guide. Her knowledge of all things Charleston (history architecture culture cuisine ) was strictly give star ! Would gladly recommend this tour.
star-5
Perfect Experience
Amy_E
, May 2022
A perfect experience on our trip to Charleston! Loved hearing all about the homes and history that makes Charleston so unique! Mark was a wonderful tour guide!!
star-5
We were extremely lucky...
Denise_C
, May 2022
We were extremely lucky to have Mark as our tour guide, you could see how he loves his Charleston through all of his stories & history he shared.
star-5
Highly recommended way to learn Charlestown’s history.
Diana_W
, May 2022
Excellent tour guide Lawrence who was informative and very knowledgeable. It was over 90 degrees so a 2 hour tour was a challenge.
star-5
The back allies were...
Christina_H
, May 2022
The back allies were beautiful. Steve was very knowledgeable and wonderful. Would definitely do aga.
star-5
Jim’s amazing
Katelyn_B
, May 2022
Definitely a great experience! Not a typical basic knowledge tour, Jim went in-depth on why things were built and done a certain way and a lot more history than I expected. The knowledge Jim taught us about Charleston helped us as we toured other historical sights. Highly recommend
star-5
Charleston
Shawn_M
, May 2022
Steve was a great guide, very knowledgeable about the history of the city. Two hour tour is perfect.
star-5
Fascinating and fun!
William_J
, May 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating and wonderful tour. Our guide, Lawrence was so knowledgeable, friendly and very witty. He made this tour such a memorable experience. We especially enjoyed walking along Rainbow Row, the battery and Philadelphia Alley. We highly recommend this tour. Laura and Bill, New Jersey
star-5
Great way to see beautiful parts of the city that u might otherwise miss.
Joseph_c
, May 2022
Terrific guide, Charleston has some interesting history with beautiful homes and streets. The alleys and insight to the history was interesting and well worth 2 hours. Highly recommend.
star-5
Hidden alleys
gwen_t
, May 2022
Kay was excellent. Very informative and kept things moving. Loved the smaller group. Started and ended on time.
star-4
Good way to see less traveled parts of the City at a good pace with a small group!
MaryAnn_O
, May 2022
Guide was knowledgeable and went at a decent pace! Open to questions and waited on those wanting to spend an extra moment taking in the sites or taking pictures!!
star-4
A pleasant way to spend a few hours
Matt_L
, May 2022
We really enjoyed Emily’s knowledge of historic “Charlestown”. She had a wealth of knowledge and was very warm and congenial prior to our tour beginning. I think that she could stop and stand still while talking so that everyone could hear and take full advantage of her information. She moved ahead and talked too much. Also, the flow of material/time management was a little disorganized. Overall, the tour was a great way to spend a few hours of your afternoon. Many great areas were explored and we all enjoyed it.
star-5
Do it!
Caroline_T
, May 2022
Mark was an excellent guide. He is extremely knowledgeable and the tour itself was really fun! You definitely walk away with many history facts and a better feel of the city. Highly recommend!
star-5
Alleyways
Erna_F
, May 2022
The Dueling alley, Rainbow Alley. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. Fascinating tour! We saw many sites that we ordinarily would not have viewed.
star-5
Excellent experience.
Lloyd_T
, May 2022
Our tour guide was Mark Jones and we enjoyed his excellent knowledge of Charleston and wonderful stories.
star-5
Fantastic tour - highly recommend!
Jillian_S
, May 2022
This was an excellent tour. Our wonderful guide Jim was warm, welcoming and extremely knowledgeable. This was our last of seven tours on this trip, and I thought we pretty much had covered it all. But we sure hadn’t! My mom and I loved this tour and we learned so much. Great pace, lots of cool photo ops.
star-5
Very lovely and entertaining
john_p
, May 2022
Our guide ( Laurence) was a knowledgeable and captivating tour guide. We loved the history of Charleston as well as the stories about each of the key places we visited. We went through many small lanes where we enjoyed a variety of beautiful gardens, cobblestone paths and of course the characteristic southern architecture. We would recommend this tour for those who enjoy walking and listening to some great stories.
star-5
We’ll done!
Susan_H
, May 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Jim. He knows his stuff! The history he imparts has great depth and includes current living conditions for those living here. His sense of humor adds flavor to his talk. The two hours is time we’ll spent!
star-5
My wife and I did this...
arthur_M
, May 2022
My wife and I did this tour. Our guide, Chuck, did a great job we learned a lot. We are in our mid 70z and it was not too taxing.

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