The Battery, Charleston Guided tours

Our most recommended The Battery, Charleston Guided tours

Charleston: Historic City Tour and Harbor Cruise

1. Charleston: Historic City Tour and Harbor Cruise

Discover 300 years of Charleston history from land and sea with passionate licensed tour guides. Experience a 90-minute narrated tour of Charleston in a climate-controlled luxury coach and then head to the water for another perspective of the city from Charleston Harbor. Learn fascinating historical facts about Charleston while you cruise the gentle waves of her harbor. Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides are licensed by the City of Charleston and are eager to share their knowledge with all guests aboard the cruise. Don't forget your camera as you will see all that the Holy City has to offer: Charleston's Historic Homes and Churches, the Old Market, Rainbow Row, Fort Sumter, USS Yorktown, and incredible views from Charleston Harbor.

Charleston: Strolls Walking Tour

2. Charleston: Strolls Walking Tour

A Charleston classic since 1979, this two-hour walking tour through America’s most charming historic district is sure to be the highlight of your visit to historic Charleston. Join a local guide on this walking tour and receive a wealth of historical information and “insider tips” on where to stay, dine, and things to do. Let the knowledgeable tour guide show you some of Charleston’s most famed landmarks as well as give you glimpses of this historic city that you can only see on foot. The pace of the walking tour is leisurely and the guides are there to answer any questions that you may have as you stroll through the cradle of southern charm and hospitality. Visit some of Charleston's most notable landmarks including Rainbow Row, the Waterfront Battery, Antebellum Mansions as well as points of interest from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Get amazing views of Fort Sumter and discover hidden gardens, courtyards, historic churches, and graveyards. 

Charleston: Historical Walking Tour with Storytelling

3. Charleston: Historical Walking Tour with Storytelling

Stroll through Charleston’s oldest neighborhood on a guided walking tour, led by an expert guide. Learn about the women and men – both pirates and patriots – who first founded the city, as you discover its highlights. The tour begins in front of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, one of Charleston’s oldest and most historical buildings. Continue down East Bay Street, passing Rainbow Row. See period mansions, and admire the views of Charleston Harbor and White Point Garden. Walk in the footsteps of pirates and their captors, as your guide tells you stories of looting and plundering. Wander the streets and alleys of Charleston’s South of Broad neighborhood. Learn about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the founding of America. Head back to the starting point, passing the Four Corners of the Law and the shops and residences on Broad Street. Your experience includes entrance to both the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Philip Simmons House.

Patriots, Pirates, and History Walking Tour By Junket

4. Patriots, Pirates, and History Walking Tour By Junket

Uncover over 350 years of history embedded in the streets of Charleston in the company of an expert guide. Join an insightful tour of the city center to discover the events that shaped the city we know today. Hear stories about slaves and pirates as you visit the sites they did. Meet your guide at The Battery, where Blackbeard captured and robbed nine ships during a week-long blockade. Begin your walk through historic homes and monuments, and snap a photo in front of Rainbow Row. Travel back to the 18th century, when the infamous Charleston pirate Anne Bonny ruled the seas. Stand at the gate of the only surviving slave auction house in South Carolina and delve into the history of William Washington, a lesser-known Revolutionary War hero. Along the way, come across the Charleston Wall and the Stede Bonnet Monument, where the “Gentleman Pirate” was executed.

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What people are saying about The Battery, Charleston

Having visited Charleston many times, we had a good basic knowledge of the city’s history and geography. But these two tours were very informative and we learned many new interesting things. Although different in scope, the bus tour and the harbor cruise complemented each other and made for a relaxing and pleasant experience. The bus tour was especially exceptional - the driver narrated the entire trip with both factual and anecdotal information.

Great way to spend a rainy day ! Alan was our bus tour guide and was awesome. Afterwards we toured Charleston Harbor and Stephen was our guide. He was awesome also !

Tour Guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining as well. I highly recommend taking the gray line bus tour and harbor cruise.

the guide , driver and doing a good job for charter and for boat, nice , quiet and lady guide too.

Wonderful! Ask for Steve the tour guide for the boat he is awesome!