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Charleston: Dark Side of Charleston 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

4.6 / 5

26 reviews

Charleston: Dark Side of Charleston 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

From US$ 39.50 per person

Take a walk on the dark side of Charleston on an exclusive and uncensored 1.5-hour walking tour through the streets of the Holy City. Learn about its complicated history of brothels, prostitutes, corruption, crime, scandal, and sordid affairs.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Learn the true, uncensored history of Charleston and its dark past
  • Discover Charleston in a unique way with a knowledgeable guide illuminating the secrets of its streets and people
  • Walk the streets as you discover their hidden history
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Explore the dark side of Charleston, South Carolina, on a 1.5-hour walking tour through the streets of the Holy City. You will see the city in a different light, as you learn the truth hiding just beneath the surface, and new meaning is attached to places of historical significance. Charleston has long been a place where high society life is shadowed by scandals, temptations, and unruly behavior. Listen as your guide shares the side of the city that is not talked about often. Learn its complicated history of brothels, prostitutes, corruption, crime, scandal, and sordid affairs. You will emerge at the end of your tour with a deeper understanding of the two complex and conflicting sides of the city.
  • Knowledgeable tour guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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18 Anson Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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  • Because of the subject matter involved, this tour is restricted to adults 18 or over.
  • 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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4.6 /5

based on 26 reviews

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This was the most interesting tour Ive ever been on. I liked the fact that there were no children or babies to distract us from what the guide was telling us. I learned a lot. We were tired, but the walk wasn’t bad at all. Nothing up hill or too far. My only complaints were that other travelers in the group kept smoking cigarettes, which I do not like. They also kept taking their masks off while we were in close proximity. Our guide asked them to keep them on, but they didn’t listen which made me very uncomfortable. I tried to stay away from the smoke and unmasked people, but then I couldn’t hear the guide. I was not happy at all. But the guide herself “Joy” was great.

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October 26, 2020


December 29, 2021

Decided to go on a ghost tour and got tickets earlier in the day!! When we got there we found out that it was not a ghost story at all!! The tour guide kept it true to dark stories!! He spend a good long while on the history of slavery and how human beings were tortured!! Not at all what we were expecting!! I would not recommend this tour at all!! Very disappointed!!

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December 28, 2021

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