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Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff

Overview

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.
  • Visit one of America’s most historic cities
  • Enjoy an historic walking tour of Charleston
  • Visit the city’s most enchanting alleys and hidden passages
  • Small group ensures personal attention
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2-Hour Hidden Alleyways & Passages Guided Walking Tour of Charleston
Small-Group for a more personalized experience
Go "off the beaten path" and explore the history and beauty of Charleston's enchanting alleyways
See a few top Charleston sites along route such as Rainbow Row
Professional/Local Guide
Gratuities

Departure Point

122 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This guided, narrated, educational tour of historic Charleston, South Carolina begins at the north side of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, a colonial building with a 300-year history featuring pirates, patriots and presidents alike, located at 122 East Bay Street.

Visit the city’s oftentimes forgotten alleys and hidden passages that barely pass for streets at all. See points of interest like Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States, the Heyward-Washington House museum and much more, including St. Philip's Episcopal Church.

Learn about Revolutionary and Civil War facts and anecdotes while you explore. End your tour near the starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
Learn about the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rainbow Row
Learn about the history of Rainbow Row.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Heyward-Washington House
Learn about the Heyward Washington House
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Philadelphia Alley
Hear the History of Philadelphia Alley
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St. Philip's Church
Learn about St Philips Church
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Joe Riley Waterfront Park
Pass by Charleston Waterfront Park
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lowcountry Walking Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour.

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  • "This visit is a must for all of the historical and current information that he provides." See review
  • "There should be an understanding that there will be a "drop off" point at about 1 hr 15 minutes where some of the group can leave without ado or embarrassment." See review

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Not worth the time.
ellen_b
, Jun 2021
We liked Rainbow row. A couple of interesting facts. This was more of a historical homes tour without going in anything. There were parking lots and roads instead of “hidden alley ways and passages”. The tour should have had a better description and been an hour long.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Our "Alleys & Hidden Passages Tour" will generally include between four to six different alleyways/passages as well as popular points of interest like Rainbow Row and of course, tons of history and architecture and stories of the former inhabitants of the homes along the way! We regret that the points of interest on the tour did not meet your expectations. We don't feel as if this is the experience of the majority of our guests. We have a strict policy of refunding our guests in full should they not be happy with their tour for any reason. Please contact us directly to process the refund. We do hope that you enjoyed the remainder of your stay in our beautiful city and that you will return soon!
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Awesome
Becky_B
, Jun 2021
Wendy did an amazing job. You can tell she loves her job. She was very good with kids and patient. Loved all the stories and history.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for your review! It is fantastic to hear that you had a wonderful time exploring Charleston with Wendy, and we hope to welcome you back onto another tour soon.
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Alley & Passages
Patricia_P
, Jun 2021
Wendy Shelton was a fabulous guide. We took 3 tours on this visit. This was by far the best! A lot of history and beauty of the city was brought to our attention!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much, Patricia! It is fantastic to hear that Wendy's tour was the best. We are so glad you enjoyed it and hope to welcome you back again soon.
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Beautiful Alleys
Jack_R
, Jun 2021
The guide gave a lot of background history which was very interesting. The architecture and landscaping was gorgeous.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you, Jack! We love hearing feedback like yours. It is so helpful to know what you like about our tours so we can continue to deliver exceptional experiences. Thank you so much!
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And full of interesting tidbits, facts and very eloquent- as a former history teacher I truly enjoyed his narrative
Lynne_D
, Jun 2021
Jim was very personable and full of interesting information and very eloquent. I truly enjoyed his narrative- he also was a good Shepard making sure we were all accounted for and safe.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for choosing us to explore Charleston with and on top of that, for taking the time to post your review! Jim will be thrilled to hear that you enjoyed his tour so much. We hope to welcome you back to Charleston soon!
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Charleston’s Alleys & Hidden Passages
George_H
, Jun 2021
Steve Bailey was a wealth of information and he managed to explain the historical facts in a fun interesting way. We really enjoyed this tour and Steve was a true southern gentleman.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
A huge thank you from all of us here at Lowcountry Walking Tours, but especially Steve! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time exploring the alleys & passages of Charleston with us and we hope to welcome you back soon.
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Awesome tour guide beautiful city
amymariconda1123
, Jun 2021
A tour guide was a lifelong Charleston resident and new great history and stories I highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for sharing your recent experience with us! We are so happy you enjoyed it and can't wait to see you again soon!
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Fabulous Walking Tour!!
Evonne_Y
, Jun 2021
Coming into the tour guide industry as a previous teacher, it’s a wonder Wendy (our guide joined by Gia) was fabulous! This was a very informative walking tour-very well planned out and an easy walk around town with stops you’d never see otherwise. Highly recommended!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much, Evonne! We are lucky to have a great team of passionate guides, some of whom are educators like Wendy. We are so glad you enjoyed it and hope to welcome you back again soon!
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Alleys and Passageways.
Terence_S
, May 2021
Wendy provided a very informative and enjoyable tour of eight alleys and gardens in historic Charleston. Pace was easy and she provided recommendations for dining.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you SO much for your review and 5 star rating! Wendy will be thrilled to know she was able to deliver such a notable experience. We look forward to sharing another walk with you soon!
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Hidden gems of Charleston revealed
Stephanie_T
, May 2021
Loved the entire tour. Our guide was great. Very informative with interesting storytelling. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you so much, Stephanie! There is no better compliment than when our guests recommend our tours to others. We are so thankful that you took the time to post your recommendation. We hope you will join us again soon!
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