The 8 Best Charleston Ghost Tours
Experience the Holy City's history and haunts on one of these excursions.
Wind your way through Charleston's haunted streets and past its famous oaks on a ghost tour.(Getty Images)
Though many tourists travel to Charleston, South Carolina, to see attractions like the Battery or Rainbow Row, or to sample the city's low country cuisine, others visit to learn about the dearly departed. Thanks to its pre-Revolutionary heritage, its wealth of ancient tombstones and ghost-centric folklore, Charleston is often considered one of America's most haunted cities. With that in mind, U.S. News gathered eight of the top ghost tours using both expert opinion and ghost hunter sentiment. Whether you venture out in the twilight hours or well after dark, Charleston's ghosts are not to be missed.
Tour Charleston at Buxton Books – Ghosts of Charleston Tour
This 1 1/2-hour jaunt takes you through the city's most historic (and haunted) areas, including the Unitarian Church graveyard, to which this tour has exclusive after-hours access. Many tourgoers report local spirits reaching out to them during the tour while guides regaled them with stories. Reviewers also applaud the amount of history shared and seem to appreciate that the tour isn't too frightening. This tour departs every day at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost approximately $25 for adults. Discounts are available for seniors, students and children. Tour Charleston also offers several historical tours that highlight the city's heritage.
Walks in History – Supernatural Charleston Tour
Tourgoers will hear tales of hauntings, hangings and amputations during this 60- to 90-minute tour, which includes stops at the Old Citadel and the College of Charleston. Most reviewers appreciate the guides' vast knowledge, though some note that guides' storytelling abilities could use some polishing. Tours run daily and specific times vary each day, though most excursions depart on or after 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20 for adults with discounts for students, seniors and children. History buffs may also want to consider the company's Historic Charleston French Quarter Walk.
Bulldog Tours – Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour
This unique walking tour – which lasts up to 90 minutes – takes you to one of the city's oldest graveyards after dark. As you traipse through the cemetery, your expert guide will tell you about notable graves and explain some of the town's spookiest paranormal stories. You'll even hear how past Charleston residents may have been buried alive. Travelers call this tour captivating and spooky. They especially enjoy seeing the picturesque cemetery at night. Tickets start at $29 for adults and $19 for kids 7 to 12. The tour departs daily at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Bulldog Tours offers a variety of other walking tours focusing on history and food, among other topics.
Ashley on the Cooper – Charleston Macabre Ghost Tour