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Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

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Charleston: Citadel History Professor Guided Walking Tour

1. Charleston: Citadel History Professor Guided Walking Tour

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 12. 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 2.75 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!

Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

2. Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

Save 40% or more off of Charleston's top tours and attractions, pay zero to enter, and simply show your Mobile Pass. Choose a 1-day pass (you can add more days after purchase if you wish) with admission to Fort Sumter, Ghost Tours, Plantations, Museums, Carriage, and Bus Tours, Historic House Museums, Cultural sites, and much more. After purchase, you'll receive a text and email to start using the pass on your smartphone where you can choose from a selection of hand-selected tours, attractions, and historic sites. The Mobile Pass provides instant access to over 40 of the city's top tours, attractions, and historic sites where admission is included. Reserve tours in advance before arriving. Multi-day passes can be used on non-consecutive days. Choose between: 1-Day pass: Choose 2 featured tours plus visit unlimited walk-in or standard attractions for 1 day. • Fort Sumter Tour • Carriage Tour • Boone Hall Plantation • Magnolia Plantation & Gardens • Drayton Hall • Charleston Harbor Tour • Haunted USS Yorktown Guided Tour • Charleston History Walk • Choose from 6 different Ghost Tours • Hunley Submarine Tour (weekends only) • Mini-Bus Guided Tours Standard Attractions (no reservation required, can be visited anytime during operating hours): • Aiken Rhett House Museum • Heyward Washington House Museum • Joseph Manigault House Museum • Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site • Caw Caw Interpretive Center • Nathaniel Russell House Museum • Charleston Fun Park ($20 value) • Charleston Museum • Gibbes Museum of Art • Charleston Water Taxi (all-day ride pass) • Museum at Market Hall • Deep Water Vineyard (free tasting + wine glass) • McLeod Plantation • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon • Slave Mart Museum • Powder Magazine • South Carolina Historical Society Museum • The Grit Counter ($7 lunch voucher per person) • Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts (free doughnut per person) • North Charleston Fire Museum

Charleston: Self-Guided Audio History Walking Tour

3. Charleston: Self-Guided Audio History Walking Tour

Enjoy a journey of over 300 years of history in Charleston on a self-guided walking tour. Explore the French Quarter’s iconic sights, Old Customs House, and more at your own pace with the magic of an audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. Start your tour at the famous City Market and have a chance to grab a cup of coffee or a quick bite before stepping into a time machine to explore Charleston’s rich and fascinating past. Visit the scenic Pineapple Foundation in Waterfront Park, Old Exchange, and the Provost Building. Take a stroll down memory lane to visit some of the city’s oldest and best-preserved homes. Hear about the revolutionary Civil War and Charleston’s connection to the slave trade. Discover the facts about why George Washington stayed in the city for three days straight during his tour of the South. You will know the significance of the pineapple in the area. Walk through the beautiful lanes and hear the stories behind the famous buildings of Charleston. 

The French Quarter: GPS Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

4. The French Quarter: GPS Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Experience the beauty of the French Quarter of Charleston on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the downloading instructions on your voucher after booking. Explore the area with an audio guide and visit famous attractions like Church Street, churches, and the Pineapple Fountain. Hear the stories of its alleys, old buildings, the Old Slave Market, Charleston Green, the Civil War, and more. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to the history of the town. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time to see the sights. Feel free to stop in the shops or restaurants and try the local products of the place. Embark on a step-by-step tour through the picturesque alleyways and hidden treasures of the French Quarter by following a GPS audio guide on your smartphone.

Charleston Unchained: Patriots and Pirates Walking Tour

5. Charleston Unchained: Patriots and Pirates Walking Tour

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.

REV Walks - History Walking Tour

6. REV Walks - History Walking Tour

Come explore the rich, extensive history of the Holy City! Charleston's streets run deep with stories of glory and pain, of splendor and darkness. In this 120 minute tour you'll see some of Charleston's most storied sights and learn the history that makes our Kingdom by the Sea one of the most beautiful, remarkable, and memorable cities in America! We will share with you our in-depth knowledge of Charleston. There are so many fascinating and innovative people and events that have occurred on such a small little peninsula. Touring with Revolutionary Charleston you will see the City through the eyes of licensed tour guides that cherish Charleston for her beauty and her flaws.

Bruce Knows Charleston Walking Tour

7. Bruce Knows Charleston Walking Tour

Bruce Burris is a licensed tour guide and a 7th-generation Charlestonian resident with a lineage that extends back to the colonial era. A true local who brings extensive knowledge of the people, customs, and history of this one-of-a-kind American City with these specialty private tours. Come with Bruce as he takes you through history to teach you about Charleston all the way from its colonial days to The Civil War. Learn about the details of all the fascinating buildings, parks, and historical monuments and the stories that surround them. There is no better way to experience Charleston than being shown the sights by someone who has watched the city grow and change. Discover the heart and soul of this beautiful city with a tour that will leave you feeling just like a local!

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What people are saying about Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Eric is a great history tour leader. The walk was packed with information and context. No silly stories but extremely interesting engaging and fun. A very personable guy who knows so much history and loves to share it. And it shows. Don’t hesitate. Take this tour!

Eric is very knowledgeable about not only Charleston but the US and European history that helped found and shape our city. He was light-hearted and very informative. And, it was a very good value.

We enjoyed this very informative tour with Eric We learned of some of the history, architecture and culture of the city of Charleston. We highly recommend this tour .

He was very knowledgeable and provided insights behind what we were seeing rather than the basic facts.Small tour size allowed more interaction.

Excellent tour with an incredibly personable and knowledgeable tour guide. I highly recommend him.