The Battery, Charleston Walking tours

Our most recommended The Battery, Charleston Walking tours

Charleston: Strolls Walking Tour

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

Charleston: The Edmonston-Alston House Walking Tour

4. Charleston: The Edmonston-Alston House Walking Tour

Charleston's history and unique way of life can be greatly attributed to its location on a small peninsula bounded by two rivers. The southern tip of this peninsula, known as the Battery, has become one of the city's most treasured sites and no visit to Charleston would be complete without touring this historic district. Starting and ending at the Edmondston-Alston House, take an hour-long guided walking tour South of Broad Street, learning not only about the area's rich history, but further about the extended Alston family during the years before the Civil War. Your experience will conclude with a 30-minute tour of the Edmondston-Alston House, which is constructed in lush Greek Revival style, evocative of a classic antebellum architectural trend. Constructed in 1825, the house commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor and 90% of the home's furnishings were originally owned by the family.

Charleston: History Walking Tour with a Guide

5. Charleston: History Walking Tour with a Guide

Explore the 300 years old history of Charleston on a private walking tour with a guide. Stroll through the streets and see the Waterfront Park, Charleston battery, the harbor, and other famous sights. You will start the tour at the Waterfront Park and head towards the south to the famous Charleston battery. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to the history of the city from your historian guide. During the tour, feel free to ask any questions to your guide about the city. You will know the tales and anecdotes about the city while passing by the most iconic sights like the defensive wall of Charleston and the Pineapple Fountain. Finally, you can stop at the colorful shops to buy a souvenir before the end of the tour. 

Charleston History Walk by Professor Eric Lager, Ph.D.

6. Charleston History Walk by Professor Eric Lager, Ph.D.

My name is Eric and I specialize in South Carolina and Charleston history during the Colonial Era, American Revolution, Antebellum Era, and the Civil War. With nearly twenty years of combined experience teaching at the college level and working in the public history sector, I am dedicated to my craft and love sharing history with others. Experience the charm of Charleston and enrich your historical knowledge of the Holy City with a professionally trained historian who loves meeting new people and has a passion for sharing the past. Unlike many tour companies in town that allow up to 20 people in each group, my Charleston tour is guaranteed to have no more than 10. A small group environment allows you to connect with Charleston's history on a more intimate level by avoiding the distractions associated with large tours, gain a deeper understanding of the city, and ultimately have more fun. Charleston History Walk provides an in-depth look into Charleston’s remarkable history from its founding in 1670 to the present. On my 2 1/2 hour Charleston tour through the historic district, you will be guided to see and understand the modern-day city of Charleston through the lens of its past. History is more than just dates and facts. History is composed of exciting and compelling stories. My mission is to provide you with a high quality Charleston history tour that is both entertaining and educational, but above all, one that is meaningful and memorable!

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What people are saying about The Battery, Charleston

The tour guide provided details you can’t learn from reading signs and scanning the web. We got a great deep dive into this city’s history and walked away with a deeper appreciation for Charleston.

We had a great time. Larry Gerald is very knowledgeable and quite the historian. He truly made our trip more complete. We could have spent another 2 hours with him,

Entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide. We truly enjoyed the tour and get it was one of the best we have had on our many travels. I would highly recommend.

This was one of the best walking tour we ever had. Guide was very knowledgeable. We learned so much about the history of Charleston.

Larry is amazing! Very knowledgeable and entertaining