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Drayton Hall Tours

Drayton Hall
Built in 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest plantation home in South Carolina open to visitors. Tour the manicured grounds and admire the landscaping, see the site’s archaeological relics, take a guided tour of the house, and learn about the people who lived and worked on the estate over the years through interactive programs.

The Basics

Drayton Hall is the earliest (and possibly the finest) example of Palladian architecture in the U.S.. Exhibits tell the stories of the family who built and lived in the house as well as the enslaved people who worked on the plantation and the area’s Native Americans.

Take a guided house tour (included with the price of admission), learn about the work archeologists are doing to uncover the undocumented lives of many of the people who lived and worked on the estate, and spend time on the grounds, which extend all the way to the Ashley River.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The entry fee includes access to the grounds and the Gates Gallery as well as educational activities, so make sure to leave a few hours to explore.
  • There is on-site café, located in the Sally Reahard Visitor Center.
  • Guided house tours typically last about 40 minutes, and it takes about an hour to explore the exhibition spaces.
  • Families should stop by the museum shop before the house tour to pick up an I Spy kids game that will make the experience more fun for little ones.
  • Drayton Hall's garden, exhibits, and trails are handicap accessible, though house tours are not.

How to Get There

Most visitors drive to Drayton Hall, which is about 13 miles (21 kilometers) from downtown Charleston. Take US-17 to SC-61, then turn right through the white gates onto Magnolia Ferry Road, and Drayton Hall will be straight ahead.

When to Get There
Drayton Hall is open every day except for major holidays. Charleston area traffic can impact drive time, so plan to leave a little extra time to find parking and check in for your tour.

Learning About Archaeology at Drayton Hall

If you are curious about archaeological preservation, visit during one of Drayton Hall’s monthly archaeology demonstrations. Hosted in Hill Hall on the second Thursday of the month, these events allow you to explore an active archaeological site and see the objects uncovered through the diligent work of the staff archaeologists. Demonstrations are included in the hall’s admission price.
Address: 3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, South Carolina 29414, USA
Admission: Varies
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Drayton Hall Plantation Admission Ticket in Charleston

Drayton Hall Plantation Admission Ticket in Charleston

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One of the most popular plantations in the Charleston Area, Drayton Hall is a top choice among visitors—and tickets can go fast. Guarantee entry by booking ahead, and then visit on your own schedule without having to adhere to a tour. This all-access admission ticket includes a narrated home tour, as well as access to the historic grounds, the Gates Gallery, and an interactive educational program.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.00
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$22.00
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Charleston Attraction & Tour Pass for 1, 2, or 3 Days

Charleston Attraction & Tour Pass for 1, 2, or 3 Days

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Charleston sightseeing pass includes admission for 30+ top tours, attractions, and restaurants. Choose from a 1-, 2-, or 3-day option—days don’t have to be consecutive and can be used anytime within a 10-day window, making this an easy addition to your existing itinerary. Each ticket includes tours such as a carriage ride or trolley tour, plus skip-the-line access to select Charleston museums and plantations.
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  • 1 to 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.00
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$73.00

Half-Day Private Tour Up Ashley River Road with Lunch Box

Half-Day Private Tour Up Ashley River Road with Lunch Box

We offer transportation for Private Groups and Families to explore all that the Charleston Area has to offer. Enjoy a beautiful ride up the Spanish Moss Canopied River Road to the historic Plantations in West Ashley. Each offers a unique perspective on antebellum life and educational programs for all ages.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$425.00
Price varies by group size
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$425.00
Price varies by group size
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Should I book Drayton Hall tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Drayton Hall 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. See all 2 Drayton Hall tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Drayton Hall 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Drayton Hall costs USD 22.00. Guided Drayton Hall tours start around USD 22.00 per person. See all 2 Drayton Hall tickets and tours on Viator.
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