ARCHITECTURE, HISTORY, AND GARDENS

The Fall Tours

October 5-29, 2022

Charleston Walk and Talk Tours
  • Important Fall Tours Information

      1. Tours go on rain or shine. Prepare for inclement weather, if forecasted.
      2. In accordance with South Carolina state law, photography is not permitted on private property.
      3. We recommed you wear comfortable, flat-soled shoes and bring a capped water bottle.
      4. Refunds will be considered on a case by case basis and requests must be made via email or US Postal Service until September 1. After September 1, guests may exchange their tickets for a comparable tour if they notify the office in advance and if space is available.
      5. No printed confirmations are required and all guests will be admitted using “will call.”

      Proceeds from The Fall Tours & Master Series support the Preservation Society of Charleston’s important mission to protect and preserve our architectural and cultural heritage, provide educational initiatives to raise awareness of our unique and historic built environment, and celebrate preservation through our awards programs.

      Thank you for supporting our mission and our work to protect and preserve these cultural and historic resources!

  • GENERAL FAQS

    • Are box office/outlet sales available? Hours of operation?

      Yes, under each tour selection on the website is a link to purchase tickets or you can call the Fall Tours office at 843-405-1050 during business hours to make your purchase over the phone.

    • Where do guests gather for the tours?

      The site where guests will meet and depart will depend on the tour purchased. Please note the location specified in your confirmation email.

    • Is there an age restriction for attendance?

      Children ages 6 to 12 (accompanied by a paying adult) may purchase a ticket for $25.

    • Will my ticket be mailed or emailed?

      A map and tour ticket will be emailed at least one week prior to each tour.

    • Can I buy my ticket in person?

      All tickets must be purchased online and in advance.

    • How far in advance should I purchase my ticket?

      We recommend purchasing tickets as early as possible. The number of guests per tour is limited and tours may sell out.

  • PARKING

    • Where should I park?

      The tours are accessible from the public parking garage at 93 Queen Street.

    • Is public transportation available?

      The City of Charleston has public transportation options. Please visit their website for more information. http://www.ridecarta.com/

  • MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

    • Cameras/Recording Policy

      Photography is permitted only within the public right of way. No photos may be taken on private property.

    • Food and beverage

      Other than bottled water (with a cap), no smoking, eating, or drinking is allowed on private property.

    • Does the venue sell food and beverages? Does the venue sell alcohol?

      No.

    • What is the dress code?

      Dress comfortably but respectfully. Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes.

    • Are the tours ADA compliant?

      The tours require walking six or more blocks, often over uneven streets and sidewalks. Some, but not all, guests with mobility limitations have felt the tours met their expectations.

    • Is cell phone use permitted?

      No. Please silence and put away cell phones and do not take calls or use mobile devices on tour.

    • Are there restrooms located throughout the tour?

      Restroom facilities are not readily available in Charleston’s historic residential neighborhoods. Your map will indicate the location of the nearest public restroom, which may be a substantial walking distance away. Please plan accordingly.

    • How close together are the properties? What distance is covered?

      Tour footprints cover six or more blocks.

    • Are the properties on the tours museum houses?

      No, most are private houses and gardens owned by supporters of the Preservation Society of Charleston. There may be a public building such as a historic church included on each tour.

    • Are tickets refundable?

      Tours take place rain or shine. NO REFUNDS. You may exchange your ticket for a comparable time/event if we are notified in advance and space is available.

    • Do we get to go inside the houses?

      Private residences will not be open to guests on Piazzas and Gardens Tours or Walking Tours, however, the Insider’s Architecture and Garden Tours will showcase the interiors of private residences.

    • Are all of the houses old?

      There can be a great range in the age of the houses on each tour, from 18th-century dwellings to modern interpretations.

    • What if it rains?

      Tours take place rain or shine and there are no refunds for inclement weather.  You may exchange your ticket for another 2021 tour/date if space is available.

    • What is the weather like in October?

      October in Charleston can bring a range of weather experiences. Days can be hot and evenings can be cool. Guests may be more comfortable with a jacket or sweater.

    • How do I decide on a tour? Which tour is better? Tell me more about a tour.

      Neighborhoods and streets differ. Please note the description of each. The properties will vary from 18th-century houses to modern interpretations and will include numerous architectural styles.