Important Fall Tours & Master Series Tips
- Tours go on rain or shine. Prepare for inclement weather if forecasted.
- 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.
- We will be complying with current CDC safety guidelines.
- 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.
- Ticketholders for TOUR events will need to follow the instructions on their confirmation carefully. When and where tours begin are specific to each tour and each will follow a designated order to avoid lines.
- No printed confirmations are required and all guests will be admitted using “will call.”
- A 3% processing fee with be added to the purchase of each ticket.
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!
Please note that all current CDC COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.
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 morning History Walks and Talks?
The site where guests will meet and depart will depend on the tour purchased. Please note the location specified in your confirmation email. Before starting each tour, guides will distribute parking coupons to those requesting them.
Is there an age restriction for attendance?
For the ABCs and Haunted Charleston Morning History Walks and Talks, children ages 6 to 12 (accompanied by a paying adult) may purchase a ticket for $15.
For the Piazzas and Gardens Tours, children ages 6 to 12 (accompanied by a paying adult) may purchase a ticket for $25.
Will my ticket be mailed?
A map and tour ticket will be emailed at least one week prior to each tour.
Can I buy my ticket in person?
We strongly encourage online sales for contactless entry. All tickets must be purchased in advanced.
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.
Where should I park?
The tours are accessible from the public parking garage at 93 Queen Street.
The fee for ticket-holders is $5 per car per day with a city-issued voucher. (Voucher is not valid for the garage on Queen between Meeting and King Streets.) Vouchers are available at each property and from tour guides.
Is public transportation available?
The City of Charleston has public transportation options. Please visit their website for more information. http://www.ridecarta.com/
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 handicap accessible?
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 on the Morning Walks and Talks?
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?
Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, private residences will not be open to guests on Piazzas and Gardens Tours.
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.
How do I volunteer?
Please EMAIL or call Susan Epstein 843.405.1050
Are tickets tax deductible?
If you are unable to use your ticket(s) please call the PreservationSociety at 843.405.1050 BEFORE your tour begins. We will issue a donation letter provided we have been notified as described. Donation letters cannot be issued after the tour date.