Important Fall Tours Information
- Tours take place rain or shine. Prepare for inclement weather, if forecasted. The Preservation Society reserves the right to cancel the tours if dangerous or threatening conditions arise.
- In accordance with South Carolina state law, photography is not permitted on private property.
- We recommend you wear comfortable, flat-soled shoes and bring a capped water bottle.
- No printed confirmations are required and all guests will be admitted using “will call.”
- All sales are final. Eventbrite fees are non-refundable. Refund requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis until September 1. After September 1, guests who notify the office in advance may either exchange their tickets for a comparable tour if space is available, or convert their tickets to a tax-deductible charitable contribution.
Proceeds from the Fall Tours support the Preservation Society of Charleston’s mission to advocate for the preservation and enjoyment of Charleston’s distinct character, quality of life, and diverse neighborhoods.
Thank you for your support!
Are box office/outlet sales available? Hours of operation?
Yes, under each tour category 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 are welcome on our Piazzas and Gardens Tours. Children ages 6 to 12 (accompanied by a paying adult) may purchase a ticket for $25 by calling the office at 843.405.1050.
Will my ticket be mailed or emailed?
A map and tour ticket will be emailed to ticket holders at least one week prior to each tour.
Can I buy my ticket in person?
All tickets must be purchased online and in advance. Walk-ins and day-of ticket sales will not be accepted.
How far in advance should I purchase my ticket?
We recommend purchasing tickets as early as possible. The number of guests per tour is very limited and tours may sell out.
Where should I park?
We recommend referring to the City of Charleston’s list of public parking garages here to find the option closet to the starting point of your tour.
Is public transportation available?
The City of Charleston offers various public transportation options. Please visit the CARTA website for more information.
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?
What is the dress code?
Dress comfortably but respectfully. Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes.
Are the tours ADA compliant?
The tours typically 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. Out of respect for the tour guides and fellow guests, please silence and put away cell phones and do not take calls or use mobile devices on tour. Photography is not permitted on private property.
Are there restrooms located throughout the tour?
Restroom facilities are not readily available in Charleston’s historic residential neighborhoods. Your tour 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 may 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?
Do we get to go inside the houses?
The Insider’s Architecture Tours is the best opportunity to experience the interiors of private residences. Some, but not all, properties on Piazzas and Gardens Tours may allow guests a look inside. Walking Tours do not include any private properties.
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?
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.
Charleston’s neighborhoods and streets are each unique! Please note the description of each tour. The properties on tour will vary from 18th-century houses to modern interpretations and will include numerous architectural styles.