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Where does the tour start?
You will receive the full meeting point details and a map after you finalize your booking, in a confirmation email.
Do I have to book my Free Tour?
Yes, it's necessary to book your Free Tour in order to receive the full meeting point details via email on time. This helps ensure an enjoyable experience and good coordination between guides and tour guests. Booking is free, quick, and easy!
Can I contact my guide?
Yes, you will be able to message your guide with any questions that you might have after making a reservation, up until the start of the tour.
Can I make a booking for a larger group?
Maybe! In order to keep the group sizes manageable, each guide sets their own limit of guests per booking and departure. Choose the Free Tour you want to book, select the number of people in your group, and see if there are any departures available that suit your needs.
Are Free Tours really Free?
Yes, with Free Tours, there's no set price; instead, the guides rely on the tips of participants to sustain their livelihoods. By contributing a fair amount that reflects the value you receive from the tour, you not only support the guides but also express your appreciation for their expertise and dedication.

Best Free Tours in Charleston

Charleston is a wonderful tourist destination known for its well-preserved and colorful architecture, popular restaurants, and the good manners of its citizens. Join one of the Free Tours in Charleston and discover why it's been frequently named as "America’s Friendliest City". There are a number of Free Walking Tours in Charleston available, and they all offer a comfortable and affordable way to explore the city. Book the Essential Charleston City Tour with a guide for a walk around the historical center—you will delve into its fascinating colonial past, and discover how it came to be one of the wealthiest cities in America. Also recommended is the Free Architecture Tour where you will get the backstory of some of Charleston's distinctive buildings and discover why it is affectionately called the "Holy City". Looking for spine-chilling tales about one of America's oldest cities? Try the Charleston Ghost tour and find out its darker side!

Highlights of Free Tour in Charleston

Charleston offers a trove of tourist attractions! Did you know that Charleston was the wealthiest of America’s original colonies? This wealth can be seen through the architecture of the original homes and buildings. On the Charleston Free Walking Tours, you'll visit buildings loaded with historic value, such as Heyward-Washington House and the photogenic Rainbow Row. Of course, Charleston is known as the Holy City because of its number of churches, make sure to visit a few along your route. South Carolina was a state where slavery was commonplace and was key to its wealth. Pay a visit to the Old Slave Mart Museum to educate yourself on this aspect of Charleston’s past. The famous Dock Street and Sottile Theatres will offer lots of fun to drama enthusiasts. And did you know that Charleston is also home to America's first ever museum? Yes! The interesting Charleston Museum is still open today.

Things to Do in Charleston

Once you have soaked up the ambience of Charleston’s historic cobbled streets, think about heading further afield. The city is blessed with some beautiful scenery and outstanding areas of natural beauty. After a busy day of sightseeing, pay a visit to Folly Beach. It’s a great day trip away from the hustle and bustle of city life. On a hot day, head down to Waterfront Park to take in the views or even cool off on the famous Pineapple Fountain. We also recommend taking a day trip to Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens. These beautiful grounds have featured in a number of films and TV series. However, no matter how idyllic it appears, its history is far from it. Visit here to learn about what life was like for enslaved people. Finally, visit Charleston in May and catch America’s Spoleto Festival USA, a seventeen-day festival featuring over 100 performances by artists spread throughout the city.

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