Historic Charleston Tour
This page provides details of our free Historic Charleston Walking Tour, including tips on directions, times and sights covered.
- Tour Description
- Sights Covered
- Meeting Point and Schedule
- GPS enabled Self-Guided Tour
- Other Free Charleston Tours
- Things to Do in Charleston
Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the country. This tour will take you on a journey from the past to the present.
An overview of Charleston’s history is explored, from the ﬁrst Carolinian and the settling of Charles Towne, to the churches and spires that give the Holy City its nickname, and chats people and things that make Charleston tick today. This tour will open your eyes to the trials, tribulations, and jubilation of Charleston.
Join Free Tours by Foot as we cross cobblestone streets and cut through back alleys, all while discovering the hidden gems, beautiful mansions, elegant churches not to mention a few graveyards of Charleston’s historic center. It’s the epic story of Charleston’s role in American and world history.
Sights we cover on the tour:
- The French Quarter
- Fort Sumter*
- Four Corners of Law
- Rainbow Row
- St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church
- French Huguenot Church
- Charleston City Market
- Dock Street Theater
- Old Exchange Building
- Waterfront Park
- Pineapple Fountain
- and much more!
*discussed from afar
Charleston city regulations allow only 20 participants (including children) per tour guide. This is a hard cap. Reservations are required and must be accurate number of persons, regardless of age.
Where: Tour meets at the SE corner of Church Street and Linguard Street, next to Tommy Condon’s Restaurant (map). Look for your guide in orange!
Tour ends at the intersection of Broad and Meeting Streets (map).
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Approximately 1.5 miles (2k) in distance.
When:View our Calendar
- 930am Thursday – Sunday
- 1pm (1300) Sunday
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.
Though our tours work on a pay-what-you-like basis, we must charge $3 upfront cost per ticket to cover an admin fee and the tour tax that the City of Charleston imposes per participants on any tour within the city plus the administrative fees to handle.
GPS Enabled Self Guided Tour of Charleston
Can’t make one of our guided tours? No problem, we have recorded some of our best tour guides giving their tours and put them on a GPS enabled app. We have partnered with Atlantis Audio Tours to provide you with a convenient way to experience our tours. Each tour offers an off-line option to view the map and hear the audio of each walk so that you don’t need to have GPS maps running with the app.
Here is how it works:
- Download our free DC walking tour app on (iTunes) or (Android).
- Download any audio tour(s).
- Enjoy the tour(s).
Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing.
Listen to a sample of our Historic Charleston Tour.