Experience Charleston’s truly horrifying history.
On the Charleston Terrors, you will experience the truly horrifying history of this beautiful city. Like the waters of the Cooper River, history runs deep and dark around here.
Charleston Terrors offers a raw look at the festering underworld of the jewel of South Carolina. Our unique collection of captivating and unnerving historical stories reveals what makes Charleston one of the most compelling haunted locations on the East coast.
Dungeons, Disease, and Dock Street
Early Charleston was constantly under attack from Native Americans, the French, the Spanish, and Pirates. The city’s original walled area kept its residents in close quarters and siege conditions bred high tempers and excused acts of depravity.
The Provost Dungeon and its dramatic barrel-vaulted ceilings were built to hold military prisoners, runaway slaves and captured pirates. Conditions were less than sanitary and many perished. Their many spirits linger on, allegedly infecting the dreams of those who hold the chains hanging from the walls.
Charleston may be well-known as one of the country’s most hospitable cities, but underneath the city’s pleasant façade lies a deep history filled with terrifying stories of desperation. As we walk around Charleston’s downtown area at night, you will see places like the Wegener Building, haunted by a nineteenth-century businessman who put his final hope for financial salvation, his last harvest of cotton, on a ship and watched it sail out of the harbor only to catch fire accidentally on the horizon. He hanged himself there and then, and his swinging corpse can sometimes be seen in the top floor windows of this regal building.
Over the course of more than 300 years, Charleston has accumulated a past rotten with stories of human misery. Fascinating locations like a bar with some spectral patrons who have overstayed their welcome, and haunted graveyards packed with whole families who succumbed to frequent outbreaks of Yellow fever, Smallpox and Malaria.
During the day, you can explore Charleston’s beautiful city center, and interact with the famously friendly locals. At night, join us and take a trip through the scandalous past of Charleston’s colonial history and beyond. Your tour will help you understand that even in Chucktown, evil can lurk at the very center of civility.
When you feel the shiver of the unnatural heighten your senses, and your stomach tightens, you might just be coming face to face with the true terror of South Carolina’s oldest and largest city.
What draws the supernatural to Charleston?
From the beginning of Charleston’s history in the late 17th century, the city has been filled with supernatural energy. In 1671, early settlers often got into bloody skirmishes with angry local Indians and their powerful shamans. Seventeen years later, the area was hit by a devastating smallpox outbreak, an earthquake, and a series of yellow fever epidemics that killed around fifteen percent of the city’s population. Soon after, Malaria began killing people. People suffered and died in the Charleston area at an alarming rate. Any city founded on this type of tragedy and misfortune is bound to have deep psychic scars that reverberate throughout its history. Charleston’s rich history has made it a hotbed for the truly strange and terrifying truths that are hiding just under the charming façade of this port town.
The Charleston Terrors walking route is a great way to see the amazing sites of historical Charleston while also getting your fill of the ghostly atmosphere of the city’s most haunted locations. This tour is perfect for first-time visitors and seasoned locals alike!
Experiencing the horrifying reality in person and at night will help you feel like you are a part of the city’s strange and ghostly history.
Reserve your tour today and experience a side of Charleston that not many get to see.Read sightings & stories!
The Charleston Terrors ghost tour explores one of the oldest and most haunted cities in America. Tour times may vary, click on ‘book now’ for all available times. You’ll discover both the paranormal and historical sides of each of the carefully selected tour locations. There are many “ghost stories” surrounding Charleston, but what you’ll hear is researched, up-to-date, and authentic histories form some of the spookiest places around.
All tours meet in front of Charleston City Hall, located at 80 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, next to Washington Square Park and across from St. Michael’s church.
The standard tour route is 60 minutes, 1 mile. Six different locations are included in the standard tour. The extended tour is 90 minutes total. Our extended tour includes four extra locations, adding .4 miles to the distance for a total distance of 1.4 miles.
Charleston Terrors ghost tours are 60 minute tours held every night. Tour times may vary, click on ‘book now’ for all available times. Please arrive at least ten minutes early and allow plenty of time for parking and walking to the location. Tours are held rain or shine.
Admission for the Charleston Terrors tour must be purchased ahead of time on our site. Click “Buy Tickets” to bring up the ticket order process, fill the (short!) form out completely, and confirm your reservation, then… you’re done!
You do NOT need to print your tickets or worry about mobile passes! After completing your tour reservation online, you’ll automatically be added to the admission list for your tour time and date. Simply bring your ID with you for us to verify your reservation before your tour begins.
Some of the things you might see, only on this tour:
The Mills House Hotel
The Great Fire of 1861 decimated much of Charleston. It nearly reached the Mills House Hotel, a still-operational hotel, but was stopped short from devouring it by soldiers and hotel staff’s efforts. Unfortunately, many nearby residents were burned by the fire, and the hotel was used as a makeshift burn ward. Several residents perished in the hotel from their burns. Though the victims passed, they have never truly left this hotel…
Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
Once the military headquarters in Charleston, this massive building is teeming with Revolutionary War-era spirits. During wartime, the underground dungeon held several captives, including entire families. Many died in the dungeon while imprisoned due to the horrible conditions and treatment. Their tortured souls are still held prisoner inside, not even free in death…
Poogan’s Porch Restaurant
This restaurant, named after a beloved dog, maybe more pleasant than a prison but is just as paranormally active. A set of resident ghosts dwell within Poogan’s Porch hungry, not for Lowcountry dining, but affection and attention. You may get far more than you ordered at this haunted restaurant…
The Pirate House
This modest and decidedly ordinary-looking house allegedly entertained pirates and was used for their illegal black market trade. The city’s colorful history regarding pirates, especially the infamous Blackbeard who took the city hostage in 1718, make this house and it’s pirate lore a must-see stop on our ghost tour. When the siege ended, he abandoned many of his shipmates to the city’s forces, who executed every last one of them in short order. Their ghosts can still be heard and seen at their old stomping grounds, forever haunting and seeking revenge…
A pirate ghost wandering the streets!
The ghost of Pirate Stede Bonnet, a late in life convert, who chose piracy after making a fortune from his inherited sugarcane farm. Some terrible events in his life made him abandon everything, take his money and start the life of a pirate aboard his new ship, ‘the revenge,’ he had a good run, even falling in with Blackbeard. Still, eventually, he hung with his crew on the gallows and roams the streets to this day looking for revenge…
The Powder Boy
The Ghost of a colonial-era boy haunts the Powder Magazine of Cumberland Street, eternally searching for his missing mother.
Circular Congregational Church - and the ghosts who want to burnt it to the ground!
The pyromaniac ghosts of the Circular Congregational Church, over 300 years of pent-up spirits who nearly possessed a groundkeeper and made him try to burn down the church for the second time!
What you can experience on the Charleston Terrors!
Feel your heart race as you learn more about the history and ghosts at each tour stop, perhaps even seeing something moving in the dark as you walk along the guided path. After all what is more thrilling than a ghost tour?
Entertainment for All Ages
Are you traveling to Charleston and want to enjoy a fun, family-friendly event? This tour is perfect for kids and adults, and we ensure everyone will have a great time. Bring a date or even the whole family. We’ve had many romances blossom under the stars and not just after someone jumped into the arms of another! Your tour guides are professionals and love telling stories to delight the whole family.
Learn about Charleston, the Holy City by the sea.
During the Charleston Ghost Tour, you will learn new and fascinating information about the ghastly and surprising history of this many-layered city. Travel back home to tell your family and friends about the memorable stops and the unforgettable stories as well as lesser-known tales you learned during the tour. For instance, did you know Charleston strictly enforced State liquor sales rules and only sold booze one bottle at a time? This encouraged many speakeasies to open, long before Prohibition. You’ll see one on the tour, and discover the legend of the Blind Tiger!
You a Non-Believer
Charleston Terrors ghost tours are fun, even for the non-believer. You don’t need to believe in ghosts to enjoy the tour; the stories are captivating and full of entertaining characters and unbelievable true history. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will enjoy the stories told and learning more about each historic location. Who knows, something you experience on the tour could make a believer of you yet!
A Memorable Experience.
Charleston Terrors offer you a truly memorable experience in one of the most atmospheric cities in the United States. The tour brings everyone together as stories are told about amazing moments in the history of a truly incredible city. You will have fun remembering the highlights of the tour long after your visit is through.