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Charleston Ghost Tour

Are you looking to book a hauntingly fun ghost tour in Charleston? Explore the haunted history of Charleston with Charleston Terrors!

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Why You Need to Take Our Charleston Ghost Tour

We offer firsthand accounts from people who have experienced the unexplained. You could hear creepy stories from other guests of their own encounters or even from the tour guide themselves! It doesn’t matter whether you are just visiting South Carolina or if you’re looking to learn more about Charleston’s haunted history; our ghost tour adventures will provide you with a ghostly experience you won’t soon forget!

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Five Stars

Guide was extremely knowledgeable and it was a great first ghost tour for our 10 year old! We learned a lot about the history of Charleston with some ...

03.12.24
Alysia Bolding
 

Five Stars

We really enjoyed our walk with Bruce. He went into great detail about the history of downtown Charleston and how the ghosts affected the people of th...

02.24.24
Stacey Spilman
 

Five Stars

The tour was super personable!! My husband and I loved getting to know the history of Charleston since we are both new comers to the area.

02.24.24
Kelsie Burton
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Why is Charleston So Haunted?

Charleston is the largest city in the state of South Carolina, and it’s a wonder that the town survived its turbulent early years. Founded in 1670 as Charles Town after King Charles II, it wasn’t incorporated as Charleston until 1783. Charleston went down in history as a major slave-trading port; however, in 2018, officials formally apologized for its involvement after CNN gave it a bad rap. 

 

Tragedy and turmoil struck the port city right off the bat with a smallpox epidemic in 1698, followed by a devastating earthquake in 1699 that caused a fire that destroyed a third of the town. And then along came malaria and yellow fever, the latter causing 6-7 outbreaks through the 18th century, developing the reputation as the 13 colonies’ least healthy location. 

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It took until the 1950s, when pesticides were invented, which cut down on mosquito disease transmission, for Charleston to lose that reputation. Pirates were attracted to Charleston, and in 1718 the notorious Blackbeard caused havoc for the town, invading and holding it captive for four days. In its early days, Charleston relied on pine timber, pitch for ships, and tobacco. Soon cotton plantations were built, adding to the growing economy of the city. 

The Civil War began and ended in Charleston, but it trudged on even after an earthquake in 1886 nearly destroyed it. Disease, war, natural disasters, slavery, prejudices, and buccaneers all add to the history of Charleston, which today is a popular tourist spot.

THE MOST HAUNTED PLACES IN CHARLESTON, SC

Blind Tiger Pub

When it comes to the Blind Tiger Pub, the name itself says it all. The name, coined in the late 1800s, was a common phrase that usually described sordid establishments. These places allowed illicit gambling and drinking behind closed doors in an era of increased temperance legislation. As a port city and one of the first to enact laws against drinking, Charleston had many such establishments. The current Blind Tiger Pub plays homage to this side of Charleston's cultural roots in a historic building that dates back to the early 1800s and boasts many ghostly encounters.

Dungeon

Formally known as the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, this site is a relic of Charleston’s dark past as a port city. Don’t let the stately Georgian appearance on the street level deceive you, though—the basement beneath is filled with eerie halls once occupied by long-dead prisoners, many of whom are said to haunt the building still today. As with the rest of Charleston, there’s more than meets the eye going on behind its elegantly architected walls.

F.W. Wagener Building

Named after one of Charleston’s most famous businessmen, Frederick Wilhelm Wagener, the F.W. Wagener building was initially constructed to house his cotton and phosphate trading ventures. It earned its haunted reputation after the business downturns following the end of the Civil War pushed one young associate into committing suicide on the third floor. The building has had many afterlives since, as fine-dining restaurants and breweries. However, everyone who works there reports similar ghostly incidents and an inexplicable “chill” coming from the old offices on the upper floors.

FAQs

Parking and Meeting Place

Please see your booking details for meeting location. There are neighboring parking garages and street parking that are available in the area.

Group Size

Group size varies based on time of year and demand. We can keep everyone in your party in the same group. We’ve been doing this for years, and manage group size to ensure guests have a great experience. In the event you can’t hear your tour guide, let them know, or move closer to them.

Dog/Pet Policy

Pets are welcome as long as they do not disrupt ot distract from the tour

Arrival Time

The arrival time will be listed on your confirmation email and in the available tour times when you click the book button

How To Contact Us

Please do not call us, the best way to reach us is by email using the contact form on this website

What Is An Extended Tour?

An extended tour takes you to a few additional locations when the regular tour ends. This adds about four new places and 30 minutes to your tour- highly recommended

How Do I Order An Extended Tour?

Book a tour and check the +1 box for each person in your group where it says “Extended Tour” at checkout to add an extended Ghost tour.

How Do I Order a Private Tour?

Please contact us directly for pricing and availability. We do not do private tours under 30 persons. If you have a group under 30, please order directly from the website’s book now option.

Weather/Cancellation Policy

Tours are held rain or shine. We will contact you if the tour is cancelled.

Can I Show Up To a Different Tour Day and Time?

Please only attend the tour for the day and time you are booked, as another day or time may not be available. If you need to reschedule, please contact us by email first. There is a $10 per order (not person) rebooking fee for each schedule change.

What If I'm Late?

As it is unfair to other guests, we do not wait for late or no show parties. Please remember to arrive to the correct location on time! We do not grant refunds to guests who fail to arrive to the appointed place on time and miss their tour.

Do Ghost Tours Go Inside Buildings?

No, but some of the locations you can visit during the day for free. We simply wouldn’t have the time to focus on as many stories as we do if we were to enter each one, and we wish to focus on the stories, and leave the exploring up to you!

When Should I Arrive?

15 minutes before the start of your tour

Do You Offer Food?

No.

Do We Ride in a Vehicle?

No, this is a walking tour.

Is Your Tour Wheelchair/Stroller Friendly?

Most of the tour is not stroller or wheelchair accessible.

Can I Take Photos?

Yes, you are welcome to take photos of the locations we visit!

Can I Take Video?

No, videos are not allowed

Can I Smoke On Tour?

No, there is no smoking allowed on the tour

Alcohol and Drinking Policy

We do not allow intoxicated guests or drinking on the tour- we will promptly ask those in violation to leave

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