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“Can't Miss, Must Do & Worth TWICE the price!”

Ed Grimball's Walking Tour of Historic Charleston
Ranked #32 of 238 Tours in Charleston
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Owner description: Ed Grimball is a 12th generation Charlestonian whose family settled on Edisto Island in 1682 and has been here ever since. Ed opened his walking tour business in 1996 and would consider it a privilege to personally show you his city.Your tour will explore the cracks and crevices of old, beautiful Charleston, touching on many subjects such as the Civil War, the Great Earthquake, the Preservation Movement, and our magnificent architecture. Must sees on your tour include the Four Corners of Law, the Battery, and Rainbow Row.
Reviewed 23 November 2007

We have just returned from a 9 days in South Carolina, of which, we spent 4 days in the Charleston area. Ed Grimball's tour was THE HIGHLIGHT of our Charleston visit. We arrived on Sunday 11/11/07 @ 9:15 near the Pineapple Fountain on the Charleston waterfront, Ed arrived promptly at 9:25, introduced himself and the other tour members and off we went into the city.

Charleston is very quiet, on a Sunday morning, not crowded and easy to navigate the small streets. It is also easy to find parking on the street…not so later in day. With the cool morning air and the city virtually to ourselves, we were able to absorb Ed’s southern style and most of all, his deep knowledge of the history, architecture and change this city has undergone over the past 300+ years.

Ed told us to relax and enjoy ourselves…and we did so, thoroughly. We were a group of 4 out of a total of 6 tour members. It was especially nice to be in such a small group; Ed says the groups are limited to 20 at the most.

We heard about the history of the city, it’s pivotal position in America’s preservation of historic landmark buildings, the great earthquake in 1886 and scores of informational tidbits that we would never been able to glean without Ed’s masterful touring abilities and his obvious love for his city of origin. During the tour, there were countless other tours that passed near us. Most of the other tours did not appear to have such an energetic and caring tour guide, most of them appeared to be commercialized. Ed is the one and only tour guide of Ed Grimball tours. If you book with Ed, you get Ed…and this is clearly a benefit. The tour is advertised as 2 hours, we ended at 3 hours and Ed offered to stay as long as we had questions. Clearly Ed loves what he does, noting that he retired from a career to start this tour business…that fact mostly says it all. Don’t miss the pictures below; you will see Ed talks with his hands as much as he does verbally.

If you appreciate history and have a desire to learn about this storied and lovely city, Ed Grimball’s tour is a “CAN'T MISS ”, “MUST DO”. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, Ed's tour is a 12.

We found out about this tour on trip advisor, only 2 reviews, so we decided to find out for ourselves and fortunately Ed exceeded our expectations. We will take another Ed Grimball tour on our next visit, as there is so much to learn about this city, that we felt we could take his tours over and over and not experience much duplication.

16  Thank SunK
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Reviewed 28 May 2007

A friend and I were referred to Ed's walking tour through the Hotel we stayed at, and what a tour it was! Ed was very thorough and knowledgeable in his descriptions and explanations of the sites he showed us. He has at least 2 sources for each thing he tells us, so you know you are getting historically accurate information. He was very polite and even got us to shelter when an unexpected storm came up. He entertained us by telling us cute stories of funny moments from his past several years doing tours. The tour was only to last 2 hours, but it ended up lasting 3 hours and he was so gracious, thanking us for the extra time we gave him! His tour is a real gem, if you have a few hours, treat yourself to Ed Grimball's Walking Tour of Historic Charleston!

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Reviewed 3 May 2007

I think it's time that Ed Grimball was listed as an attraction in his own right- not just as a footnote in reviews of the Holiday Inn Historic District! Ed has lived in Charleston his whole life and has a true love for the place that is the one thing that a person can't help but appreciate and come away with from his tour. It's miles above and beyond the type of info you'd get taking some touristy tour from a teenager. Ed makes sure he has 2 sources for everything he tells people- he takes his business seriously. Now, Ed does take his time talking- so if you're in some big rush, I wouldn't suggest this tour to you. Our tour was billed as 2 hours, but Ed took 3 with us, and thanked us repeatedly for allowing him the extra time- when I felt we should be thanking him! After the tour, as we walked in the direction of the city market with Ed, he even had to switch the side he was walking on once we crossed the street because it just didn't feel right. A gentleman always walks on the outside (streetside) of ladies. Take this tour for a lovely afternoon soaking up Charleston with a true southern gentleman!

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