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St. Philips Church Tours and Activities

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This historical church is home to the oldest religious congregation in South Carolina. The first St. Philips Church was a small wooden structure built in 1681, where St. Michael's Episcopal Church stands today. The church withstood hurricane damage in 1710, was reconstructed, burned to the ground in 1835, and finally rebuilt to the present day church in 1836. Before it burned completely, it was saved from one fire by a slave who was granted his freedom for the act. Notable South Carolinians such as John C. Calhoun are buried in the old cemetery on the grounds.

Architect Joseph Hyde incorporated some design elements from the previous structures as well as adding in new features to the stuccoed brick exterior, such as the three Tuscan porticoes and Corinthian columns. The church’s impressive steeple that towers over Church Street was added over a decade later. Today it is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

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146 Church Street, Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Night-Time Guided Walking Tour

Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Night-Time Guided Walking Tour

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Peek into Charleston’s shadowy history with a chilling nighttime walking tour of the city’s most eerie sites! Wind through the dark corridors of the Historic District and hear spooky tales of graveyard hauntings, voodoo and botched burials from your local guide. Pass by infamous locations with grisly histories and wander through the Charleston’s oldest cemetery after hours.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group 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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Highlights of Charleston Guided Walking Tour

Highlights of Charleston Guided Walking Tour

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Without a guided walking tour, you might miss some of the eclectic history and hidden nooks and crannies around Charleston that make this city such a gem. This walking tour takes you through the French Quarter and South of Broad neighborhoods to top sights such as the Rainbow Row, the Old Slave Mart Museum, and the Old Exchange, all while your guide shares stories from Charleston history and lore.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Hour Historic Charleston Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

2-Hour 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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.06
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2-Hour Charleston Historic Downtown Guided Walking Tour

2-Hour Charleston Historic Downtown 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, 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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Historic Women of Charleston Guided Walking Tour

Historic Women of Charleston Guided Walking Tour

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Every badass history has a badass...HERSTORY. Walk with us as we celebrate Charleston's. We have a very rich story and the women of Charleston have played an enormous role in it. This is the only tour in the city showcasing badass women.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Charleston Dark History and Ghost Tour

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Charleston Dark History and Ghost Tour

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Explore the haunted side of Charleston with a small-group history and ghost tour. Meet your guide for a city stroll that includes popular landmarks like Hibernian Hall, Washington Park, Chalmers Street, and St. Philip’s Church. Hear scary stories and learn about local history, including true crime, during this family-friendly walking tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission

Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission

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Beat the heat while touring Charleston on this minibus tour. Relax and ride in comfort as your driver takes you to top Charleston sights such as Colonial Lake, Rainbow Row, and Whitepoint Gardens. As a bonus, this tour includes admission to the Charleston Museum—visit the downtown location on your own schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.95
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Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour

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An air-conditioned sightseeing bus offers a refreshing Charleston Sightseeing Tour for summertime visitors trying to escape the heat or those with limited mobility. Roll by popular "Holy City" sights like Rainbow Row, the Battery, White Point Gardens, Nathaniel Russell House, and St. Michael's Church from wide viewing windows while your guide informs and entertains with stories from Charleston's rich past.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Charleston History Sightseeing Bus Tour with Joseph Manigault House Option

Charleston History Sightseeing Bus Tour with Joseph Manigault House Option

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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

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Travel back to Colonial times aboard a horse-drawn carriage and discover more than 300 years of history on this guided, 1-hour tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches and gardens of yesteryear on this narrated tour around historic Charleston. Enjoy the romantic clip-clop sound as this educational adventure winds through the streets and learn about this ‘Holy City’ and its rich history and role in Civil War times. See the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, one of the most historic buildings in America, and much more.
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  • 1 hour
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Charleston Chicora 2 Hours Walking Tour

Charleston Chicora 2 Hours Walking Tour

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Learn about the history of Charleston and the Native American tribe, known as Chicora, in South Carolina on this educational walking tour of the city. Stops include St. Philip's Church, Old Slave Mart Museum, Rainbow Row, Nathaniel Russell House, and more. Go off-the-beaten path and discover more than the usual tourist spots.
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  • 2 hours
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Charleston Boo Hag & Brews Walking Ghost and Bar Tour
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Charleston Boo Hag & Brews Walking Ghost and Bar Tour

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Join this combination bar crawl and ghost tour with a local Charlestonian and spend your evening learning about the scary side of the city. Visit two bars where you’ll enjoy appetizers (included in the tour price). Hear ghost stories as you stroll by graveyards and historic homes. Finish the tour at a local park where you’ll learn about a grizzly historical fact.
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  • 2 hours
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Interactive Ghost Hunting Experience

Interactive Ghost Hunting Experience

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If you dare, explore Charleston as a paranormal investigator and use the real tools of the trade including a thermal imaging camera. Your guide will provide tutorials on how to use each device, as well as share local ghost stories. Plus, you’ll receive access to all of the data recorded during your investigation.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Charleston Old Walled City Historical Walking Tour

Small-Group Tour: Charleston Old Walled City Historical Walking Tour

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A walking tour of Charleston is especially pleasant when done in a small group of just 15 people or fewer. Avoid overcrowded sidewalks and photo ops as you follow your guide through the historic French Quarter, past the mansions of Broad Street, and down to the Charleston Battery. As you walk, your guide regales you with tales of Charleston's fascinating history, which is all too easy to miss if you forgo a guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Amazing Ladies of Charleston Walking Tour

Amazing Ladies of Charleston Walking Tour

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This exclusive historic walking tour highlights the essential streets of downtown Charleston and highlights many trailblazing women worth remembering. While strolling down the charming streets and hidden alleys of the French Quarter and South of Broad with Travel Writer and Licensed Tour Guide, Jill Paris, you'll be privy to the secrets of local characters and learn about the southern culture through heartfelt tales, not lectures. You can almost hear the desperate plea of captured lady-pirate Anne Bonny pleading for her life; badass women abolitionists, writers, artists breaking down barriers; a young girl-spy's quick-thinking cool under pressure; a pioneering preservationist; a female ghost's sad story; and an African American leader worthy of her own national holiday. Let's face it. Girls rule. Highlights * Plenty of time to take Instagram-worthy snaps * Tour covers History, Culture, Architecture, Plants & Flowers, and more * Tour starts and ends next to convenient parking
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  • 2 hours
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Best of Historic Charleston Walking Tour
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Best of Historic Charleston Walking Tour

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This is the perfect walking tour for the first-time visitor or repeat guest. We’ll cover iconic landmarks such as St. Philip’s Church, the French Quarter, the Dock Street Theatre, Rainbow Row, The Battery, White Point Garden, Calhoun Mansion, and so much more. You’ll get a comprehensive view of Charleston’s architecture, churches, culture, history, people, and even the hidden alleys and lanes often overlooked on other tours. I’ll highlight historic downtown extensively at an easy pace with lots of photo stops and interesting facts you’ll always remember. More ground covered = more beauty experienced. Charleston is the star.
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  • 2 hours
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Spiritual Awakenings Tour in Charleston

Spiritual Awakenings Tour in Charleston

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We are the only Ghost Tour company that has been in operation in Charleston since 1979 and you will get a quality tour instead of a quantity tour. We give a Spiritual Tour and have "at the moment" evidence of things that have happened and sometimes have things happen on tour! Our tour guides are licensed with the city of Charleston and have been guiding for many years. We are not a chain company but a mom and pop shop that is Charleston's first ghost tour company and you'll get a passionate guide who loves the history and ghosts of Charleston. We make sure you'll want to come visit again and again and enjoy what we do as we have been doing this for over 40 years. We may not have thousands of reviews because we are small but we do give the best ghost tour. Charleston is the Holy City by the Sea and our faith keeps us giving the best ghost tour around. We hope you choose us!
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Self-Guided "The French Quarter Charleston" Solo Walking Tour

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Ya’ll come to the right place for a true Charleston experience. On our journey I’ll be taking you to the best historical spots and the hidden treasures of the French Quarter and I’ll tell you their story. Oh, them friends back home goanna be jealous. 1 purchase works on 2 phones! So why don’t you just skedaddle down to the Market Hall on Meeting street and we’ll get this hootenanny started. I’ll meet you there. You will discover Charleston's French Quarter on our Solo Smart Phone Powered Walking Tour. Go anytime and explore on your own schedule. The WalknTours app guides Solo travelers on a hands free tour. Go anytime, explore on your own schedule. Perfect for Solo Travelers. Especially Solo Travel Rebels. How it works: 1. Get the WalknTours app 2. Register an account and use the experience code in your booking to unlock the tour. 3. Go to Charleston City Market front door - 73 North Market Street, Charleston, SC, USA 4. Press start experience.
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  • 50 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes
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Guided Walking Ghost Tour in Charleston

Guided Walking Ghost Tour in Charleston

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Discover the spooky side of Charleston with a guided ghost tour. Set out on foot to explore a different side of Charleston and see city landmarks including Philadelphia Alley, St. Philip’s Church, and Charleston City Market. Hear stories about graverobbers and ghosts during this family-friendly, supernatural-focused walking tour. Get extra value with admission to the Halsey Gallery of Contemporary Art and Philip Simmons House included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Charleston Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Charleston Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Add some strategy to your Charleston tour with a fun scavenger hunt adventure! This competition turns your 3-hour historic walking tour into a friendly race through Charleston to solve clues, complete challenges, and track down some of the city’s hidden gems. Don’t forget your smart phone or sleuthing sensibility! Note: Price is per individual, but each team must book together to join in the same adventure.
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  • 3 hours
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Should I book St. Philips Church tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Philips Church can get crowded. 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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How much does it cost to visit St. Philips Church 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Philips Church costs USD 5.00. Guided St. Philips Church tours start around USD 5.00 per person.
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