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Haunted Jail Walking Tour in Charleston

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Explore Old Charleston Jail, one of the city’s paranormal hot spots, during this guided night tour that takes you back through its history from 1802 to 1939. Hear tales from your guide about the ghosts that allegedly haunt its halls. Prebooking means you can visit on the day and time you’d like, and it’s easy to fit into your busy schedule.
  • Explore the Old Charleston Jail at night—one of the only night tours offered 
  • Get the historical rundown starting at the day the jail was built in 1802
  • Hear about ghosts that supposedly haunt the halls from your guide
  • Choose from multiple tour times to best fit your schedule
What to Expect
Meet for this guided tour at the Old Charleston City Jail, and get ready to explore its haunted jail cells. Since it will be nighttime, prepare to get even more spooked. As you walk the hallways, your guide will tell you all about the city’s most famous criminals who lived and died there. You’ll enter the actual cells that held notorious prisoners, such as Lavinia and John Fisher. See if you can catch sight of Lavinia’s ghost, who has been said to still haunt the halls. Some tourgoers have claimed they’ve seen objects move on their own. Your tour ends back at the entrance of the prison with plenty of time to go out afterward to recover from your eerie adventure.
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Important Information
Departure Point
21 Magazine St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Professional Guide
  • Exploring creep jail cells & hallways
  • Entry/Admission - Old City Jail
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Alex . wrote a review Mar 2020
Nashville, Tennessee79 contributions19 helpful votes
I originally thought this was a walking tour through the city, but really it's just the old jail. Also, we originally booked with the last slot, 10pm, but were asked if we could combine with the 9pm group. We did, but in hindsight, I wish they would have left our original spot.
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Date of experience: March 2020
passport_required007 wrote a review Mar 2020
Columbus, Ohio7 contributions
This is a fantastic tour - you really should go at night, too. Wear sensible shoes and clothes though - as you will go up and down stairs in low-lighting. It is a crazy history of the jail and its past (and present?) occupants with a good delivery and knowledgeable guides.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from BulldogTours1, Manager at Haunted Jail Walking Tour in Charleston
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks so much for your review of the Haunted Jail Tour! There is no question that the jail has a very interesting and sad history. Thanks again for the recommendation and for visiting with us!
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Dee C wrote a review Mar 2020
Aurora, Illinois42 contributions7 helpful votes
Great history, Randy was our guide and is a great historian of this site and Charleston in general. Disappointed to hear they are trying to renovate this site as office space though. Randy told us some great spooky stories of the jail and it's history! I would totally recommend
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Response from BulldogTours1, Manager at Haunted Jail Walking Tour in Charleston
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks so much review of the Haunted Jail Tour with Randy! We are thrilled to hear you thoroughly enjoyed the time spent on his tour. We appreciate the feedback, the recommendation, and for spending your Friday the 13th with us!
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Logan wrote a review Mar 2020
Auburn, Alabama43 contributions4 helpful votes
We took this tour on Sunday, March 8th, 2020. This was a fun tour while we were in Charleston. It wasn't really "scary," however, I might call it spooky. There were never any times where I felt unsafe or anything, but you are in a very dark 200-year-old jail, so it was eerie.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from BulldogTours1, Manager at Haunted Jail Walking Tour in Charleston
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks so much for your review of the Haunted Jail Tour! The place is undoubtedly spooky but where a lot of the horror comes from is the suffering that took place within its walls. Our guides do their best to paint the image of what the Jail was like when it was operation as well as the telling of the events that lead us to believe that some of the former inmates continue to haunt the building. Thanks again for visiting the Old City Jail with us!
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Jennifer Q wrote a review Mar 2020
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Loved the structure and jail itself. Our tour guide talked waaaaay too much and we only saw like 3 rooms. They tried to pretend it was creepy but mostly it was just dark so bring a flashlight for walking stairs and such!
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Date of experience: March 2020
About the operator

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By: Bulldog Tours
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Randy was fantastic!
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Our tour guide Zach was a local historian who shared great information at such a personal level. I'd recommend thi
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My husband & I loved the tour of the haunted jail. There are so many stories of what happened there. I wanted to ha
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  • Duration: 45m
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