Charleston: 45-Minute Haunted Jail Walking Tour

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83 reviews

Charleston: 45-Minute Haunted Jail Walking Tour

From $34 per person

Prepare to be scared as the lines between reality and fantasy blur on this 45-minute walking tour of Charleston's Old City Jail. Make your way through the building as your guide shares stories of the infamous criminals once housed in the jail's walls.

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Duration 45 minutes
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  • Tour the Old City Jail of Charleston, South Carolina, with an intimate and up-close looking at the facilities
  • Hear the stories of the prisoners once housed in this jail
  • Stay alert to discover if you can feel the presence of those who once lived in the jail
Full description
Walk through the hallways and cells of Charleston's Old City Jail on this 45-minute walking tour. See firsthand the places where Charleston’s worst criminals lived and died. Learn the history of the jail, which was in operation from 1802 until 1939. Hear the stories of the infamous criminals, ranging from 19th-century pirates to Civil War prisoners. Most of the building's original structures remain intact, including the cells and warden’s quarters, adding to the authentic feeling. Listen clearly, and keep a sharp eye, and you might hear the cries and see the ghosts that still linger on.
  • Knowledgeable tour guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

21 Magazine St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA.

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  • The experience is NOT recommended for small children.
  • All customers must provide a cell phone number with their reservation. If the customers don't have a cell phone number, they must provide a name of their hotel in case we need to reach them.
  • Customers must call and confirm reservations 24 hour in advance.
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4.5 / 5

based on 83 reviews

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Simms was a great guide, he definitely made things fun. I think the tour is way too short, but it was fun to learn the history of the prison. Honestly didn’t think it was creepy enough, I’m open to spirit and didn’t feel too much energy other than in the iron room and basement. If you’re a history buff do this, it’s a great history.

February 16, 2021

my and my wife reserved the last tour and we were the only two with the guide guy Sims. It was a creepy but very learning experience. We love the energy that Sims had and the place as well. We made a lot of ghost tours all over US but this one was one of a kind. A must do experience.

July 27, 2020

Wow!! Kept me on my toes for sure and LOVED the history and realism of this place!! Took a video walking out of the morgue and didn’t watch it until I got back home to GA this evening. Trying to get in touch with Randy (our awesome tour guide) so I can share it with him. Also, listen to Criminal Broads, Lavinia Fisher episode if you want some background before your tour.

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July 6, 2020

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