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Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Uncover Charleston’s darkest secrets on an evening ghost and cemetery tour. Stroll through the atmospheric heart of the old city while an entertaining local guide regales you with tales of the dark deeds, restless spirits and supernatural phenomena that make Charleston one of the most haunted cities in America. Get exclusive after-hour access to the famous Unitarian Church Graveyard, where an overgrown southern garden surrounds historic plots said to be haunted by wandering ghosts.
  • Haunted history tour of Charleston
  • Stroll through the city's historic heart
  • Hear captivating historical and supernatural tales from an entertaining guide
  • Listen to stories from 'The Ghosts of Charleston' by Julian Buxton
  • Get exclusive after-hours access to the famously haunted Unitarian Church Graveyard
  • Choose from an early or late evening departure
  • Led by professional local storytellers
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90-minute Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour
Professional and Licensed Tour Guide
Exclusive access to the historic Unitarian Church Graveyard
Hear tales of hauntings & supernatural events from the best-selling book, The Ghosts of Charleston.
Gratuities
No public restroom so please plan accordingly.
Buxton Books , 160 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Departure Point: Tour Charleston Headquarters (inside Buxton Books) Address: 160 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

Unitarian Church in Charleston , 4 Archdale St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

This tour culminates in the 1772 Unitarian Church Graveyard--just across the street from where you started. Your guide will be happy to direct you back to your hotel, or wherever you plan to explore next.

Discover the apparitions and legends that lurk among Charleston’s warm southern breezes and beneath swinging live oak trees. Choose from an early or late evening tour, and meet your storytelling guide near the city center. Cross over into the historic old town for a walk past the buildings, squares and landmarks that hold the keys to the city's past. Enjoy commanding views of the harbor, and hear about famous former residents and the restless spirits they left behind.

Explore one of Charleston’s haunted highlights with exclusive nighttime access to the historic Unitarian Church Graveyard. Enter the churchyard gates and stroll among tombs and vaults overgrown with lush southern foliage and hanging moss while your guide shares tales of the most tragic and intriguing figures buried here. Learn about the illnesses, accidents and mysteries that brought graveyard inhabitants to their final resting place, and keep an eye out for wandering figures moving in the moonlight!
Itinerary
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Tour Charleston
During our 90 minute walking ghost tour, our City of Charleston licensed tour guides recount hauntings and supernatural events from our best-selling book The Ghosts of Charleston. We are fortunate to have many repeat guests, and lots of tales to share, so we switch things up nightly by varying ghosts stories on every tour. There is no experience like walking enchanted Charleston at night, listening to our supernatural stories, and encountering what you will see and hear in the Unitarian Church Graveyard.
Stop At:  
Unitarian Church in Charleston
The highlight of Tour Charleston's Ghosts of Charleston Tour is entering the lush, spellbinding Unitarian Church Graveyard built in 1772. Real time hauntings occur only a handful of times a year. However, since 1996, when we started what is now Charleston's oldest ghost tour, spirits in the Unitarian Church Graveyard have reached out to many people on our tour in visual, tactile and auditory ways.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Buxton Books
Start your tour at Buxton Books, and stop in either before or after your tour to purchase a copy of the The Ghosts of Charleston, the book this ghost tour is based off of.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
St. Michael's Church
Historic church located in downtown Charleston
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour Charleston, LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard.

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star-5
Amazing!
Gabrielle_K
, Aug 2022
Joe was amazing!!! He told the stories so well he brought them to life!!! The whole family loved it, would highly recommend!
star-2
Feeling Like We Missed Out On A Lot of Tour
Mike_H
, Aug 2022
Guide was a really nice guy and very personable but……… he was way to soft spoken and could barely hear him speak. He was too worried about the other tours going on around us and tried too hard to respect their tours more than giving us the info about our tours. We could hear the other tour guides better than ours. We also missed out on things we should have seen because other tours were there and we just moved on. Only went to 3 locations and heard about only the 3 spots. The tour that left 30 minutes before ours got back after we did so we were left feeling that we missed out on a lot of the tour and stories we should have heard about per dodging the other groups. It was a big waste of our time and money. I’d recommend another companies tour for this. One positive note, the final grave yard we visited did not disappoint, very spooky.
star-5
Fantastic Experience!
Rebecca_J
, Aug 2022
We had such a wonderful time on our ghost tour! Our guide was a delight! He even recited Edgar Allan Poe at the end! We were intrigued the entire tour. This was an experience our family will always remember.
star-5
Spooky good fun!
Peyton_H
, Aug 2022
Joe was an amazing storyteller! He really brought the stories to life, and he was such a good guide! I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Charleston.
star-5
We did the ghost tour. ...
Derek_A
, Aug 2022
We did the ghost tour. Simon is am amazing story teller. We visited haunted sites as Simon told stories from from the book Ghost of Charleston. We ended up in an graveyard. The lady in white (Mary). And the story of Anna was the grand finale. It was a great experience. I hope whoever is reading this gets Simon as their guide. He made our exlerience. Thank you Simon. Take lots of pictures as you will capture ghost 👻
star-5
There is something there in the cemetery.
Anna_S
, Aug 2022
Our guide was a wonderful story teller. He brought the ghost stories and history to life. Philadelphia alley and the Unitarian Cemetery were my two favorite spots. And I felt something in the cemetery. Not a physical touch, but just a presence.
star-3
It was OK.
vjmatera
, Aug 2022
Our guide was good and well spoken by there must not be enough topical events because the tour was supposed to be 90 minutes but only lasted an hour.
star-5
You love the graveyard...
Deborah_K
, Aug 2022
You love the graveyard story about Annabelle and Ingra Allen Poe. Unfortunately for us we didn’t see any ghosts on our tour but it was very fun and informative.
star-5
Great Ghost Tour!
Laura_D
, Aug 2022
Simon was a wonderful orator- he made the people and stories come to life. Thank you Simon! The tour itself was great- the Unitarian Church graveyard was the highlight of the night!
star-5
Night time experience
Krista_G
, Aug 2022
Exciting to go into a cemetery to tell ghost stories at night time! Tour guide was very fun and knowledgeable!
star-5
Best ghost stories and site of Charleston!
AnnaM_T
, Aug 2022
Mr. Neil was fantastic! His ability to to tell the stories; providing all different myths combined with historical facts was great. The end of the tour is the best! He quotes an Edgar Allan Poe poem verbatim that makes the tour worth every dime! Truly amazing!!!
star-2
This tour was not for me....
Ginny_Z
, Aug 2022
This tour was not for me. The guide was overly dramatic and his actions distracted from the storyline. I would have much preferred someone who didn’t jump around and make weird noises.
star-1
Not worth the money
lauren_s
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide joe was very theatrical which may be a perk for some but to us it came off as cheesy and uninteresting. He also walks incredibly fast which does nothing for the beautiful scenery you pass. We needed up leaving 30 minutes into it with another family in the group because the stories were hard to follow, all over the place, and a little boring. For $35/person I was expecting a lot more and left extremely disappointed.
star-2
It was ok
Christine_M
, Aug 2022
Our guide was very nice. The tour was some historical stories, but were boring. We walked from one parking lot to the next. I would have like to experience Charleston more than just parking lots. The church graveyard was ok. It was so dark and overgrown that you could really see little in the graveyard to get scared. I wouldn’t spend the money.
star-1
Don’t do this one.
ernest_c
, Aug 2022
The tour was TERRIBLE and BORING. A number of people didn’t even complete the tour and left. This college kid was not interesting at all. It took you to 5 places in 1 hour (not 1.5 hours like other tours) in large groups. Stories were simple and presented poorly. We’ve been on numerous ghost tours. This was the worst. Find a different tour to join.
star-2
BORING!
Kip_B
, Aug 2022
Boring. Walked past same buildings and already knew the stories. Could have saved $200. Not what anyone expected, we almost said screw it and walked away from tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun time!
Diane_M
, Aug 2022
Mark was a fantastic guide! He was knowledgeable and interesting. The pace was perfect for all ages.
star-2
Not my cup of tea
Tobey_R
, Aug 2022
The tour was more theatrical than expected and involved a ton of walking at a pretty good pace which some may find difficult to keep up with. Would have liked to have had more historical information provided in a manner that wasn’t like watching a theater production. Not my cup of tea but others may enjoy the delivery of the information in that fashion. The graveyard was interesting but we had little time for photos and due to it being over grown several of us got chiggers. Also found it disappointing that at almost every stop we had to go to the rear of a building or stand across the street due to other guide companies having gotten their first.
star-5
Fabulous story telling And history education!
Sydney_H
, Aug 2022
My boyfriend and I took a day trip to Charleston and this was the perfect end to our time there! Not only was it educational and gave us an opportunity to see more of the city, but our tour guide, Simon, was so engaging! He was such a great story teller and knew so much about the spirit world of Charleston. I got chills more than once and was truly just transported to whatever era we were talking about. I can’t say my boyfriend or I were the biggest skeptics before hand, but we left the tour believing in spirits at a much deeper level.
star-5
Great ghost tour with Simon!
Bryan_S
, Aug 2022
Simon is awesome at telling ghost stories and the history behind them! We really enjoyed this ghost tour. Very interesting!

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