Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
We recommend that you do to maximize your chance of getting the date and time that you prefer. Tours often sell out, but when spots are available, our guides are equipped to accept payment on location at Waterfront Park. Tickets are also for sale from our Tour Headquarters and Bookstore at the corner of Concord and Cumberland Streets.
How much walking is involved?
The tour lasts approximately 80 minutes with a few breaks for photo opportunities. We walk at a leisurely pace. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella if it is raining.
Will I see a ghost on the tour?
Although it only happens a few times a year, customers on our tours do experience hauntings, most frequently in the Unitarian Church Graveyard. While we cannot promise you will see a ghost on the tour, it has happened. This is a tour of Charleston’s most haunted places, so be prepared for anything…
Is this an appropriate activity for children?
Yes. Keep in mind, however, that this activity contains eerie ghost tales and stories of death. If you feel that your child is easily frightened, they may not enjoy the tour. We do not employ hokey scare tactics such as jumping out from the bushes or corny theatrics. What we are talking about on tour is real.
What happens if it rains?
The tour takes place rain or shine. In the rare event of severe weather conditions, we may contact you about rescheduling possibilities. Otherwise, please dress appropriately for the day's weather.
Can I take a wheelchair or stroller on the tour?
Yes. But please keep in mind Charleston is a 345 year old city, so you will find it challenging to travel on the cobblestone streets and slate sidewalks.
Is this tour only for tourists?
No, we are a local favorite! Our tours are informative and entertaining for both residents and tourists alike. Much of our business comes from referrals from Charleston Area residents who have trusted us to give their guests a quality experience for over 19 years. Residents enjoy learning new stories and facts. We often vary our daily routes to keep the tour fresh and new feeling for repeat guests. Even if you are a supernatural enthusiast or a Charleston historian, our tours will entertain you and almost always teach you something new.
Where should we park?
Street parking can be difficult to find. To avoid the risk of tickets or towing, we recommend you park in a Parking Garage. The garage closest to the tour starting point is located at 1 Cumberland (on the corner of Concord and Cumberland) about fifty yards from the Circular Fountain where tours begin. They accept both cash and cards and have the added benefit of public restrooms.
Where does the tour end?
The tour usually ends either at the corner of Meeting and Queen Streets or at St. Phillip's Episcopal on Church Street. Our guides know the directions to anywhere in the historic district and will happily help to get you where you need to go.
Where can I buy the book, The Ghosts of Charleston on which the tour is based?
The ebook version is available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Signed copies are available at our Tour Headquarters and Bookstore (At the corner of Concord and Cumberland Streets). Copies are also available to order by contacting us at 843-723-1670 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the maximum number of people on the tour?
To keep your experience authentic, we prefer to keep our groups small and intimate. On our busiest days, the maximum number of guests that we allow per guide is 20.
Can I bring my dog on the tour?
Yes, we welcome small to mid-size, well behaved dogs on the tour. Keep all dogs on a leash or in a carrier. If they bark or misbehave, please walk them away from the tour until they stop.
Can I purchase a gift certificate?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! You can purchase gift certificates by calling us.
Can I book a private tour?
Absolutely! If you are interested in booking a private tour, please contact us.