Become a part of our tour and experience Charleston’s truly horrifying history.
Charleston Terrors offers an unflinching look at the dark underbelly of South Carolina. Our unique collection of captivating and unnerving historical stories reveal what makes Charleston one of the most compelling haunted locations on the East coast.
Dungeons, Disease, and Dock Street
Charleston may be well-known as one of the country’s nicest and most hospitable cities, but underneath the city’s pleasant façade lies a deep history filled with dark and unseemly stories. As you walk around Charleston’s downtown area, you will see the lively pubs, famous buildings, and legendary alleys that all have one major thing in common—history. Over the course of more than 300 years, Charleston has accumulated a storied past that has added to its charm, but also to its sinister undercurrent. Interesting locations like an 18th century dungeon, a hotel with some long-staying patrons, and haunted graveyards are just a few of the places that have molded Charleston into the city it is today. Any site with this much history is bound to leave psychic marks that reverberate throughout its existence.
During the day, you can explore Charleston’s beautiful city, and interact with the famously friendly locals. However, at night, you can 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 edges of the human experience.
When the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and you feel that familiar flutter in the pit of your stomach, you will know 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 negative energy. In 1671, early settlers often got into bloody skirmishes with angry local Indians. Seventeen years later, the area was hit by a devastating smallpox outbreak, earthquake, and a series of yellow fever pandemics 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 shipping town façade. Experiencing its horrifying reality in person 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 the side of Charleston that you will not get from the sunny locals and beautiful architecture.
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!Read sightings & stories!
Our Charleston Terrors ghost tour explores the most haunted places in Charleston, one of the oldest and most haunted cities in America. All tours start at 8pm. On our Charleston Terrors tour, you’ll discover both the paranormal and historical sides of each of our carefully selected tour locations. There are many “ghost stories” surrounding Charleston, but what you’ll hear from our guides is researched, up-to-date, and authentic.
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 our 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 at 8pm. 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.
What you'll see on 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 the efforts of soldiers and hotel staff. 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 site of the military headquarters in Charleston, this massive building is teeming with Revolutionary War era spirits. During wartime, the underground dungeon held a number of 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 for a beloved dog, may be 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 for affection and attention. You may get far more than what you ordered at this haunted restaurant…
The Pirate House
This very house 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 its pirate lore a must see stop on our ghost tour. The pirates he abaondoned to the city can still be heard and seen at their old stomping grounds, forever haunting and seeking revenge…
What is more thrilling than a ghost tour? Feel your heart race as you learn more about each tour stop, perhaps even seeing movement in the dark as you walk along the guided path.
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.
Learn New Stories about the City.
During the Charleston Ghost Tour, you will learn new and exciting information about the city. Travel back home to tell your family and friends about the famous stories as well as lesser-known tales you learned during the tour.
The ghost tour is fun, even for the non-believer. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will enjoy the stories told and learning more about each historic location.
A Memorable Experience.
Charleston Terrors offer you a memorable experience. The tour brings everyone together as stories are told about amazing moments in history. Have fun remembering the highlights of the tour long after your visit is through.