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Haunted Jail Walking Tour in Charleston

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Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Old Charleston City Jail, which housed some of Charleston’s most infamous criminals, 19th-century pirates, and Civil War prisoners. The Old City Jail was in operation from 1802 until 1939, and most of the building’s original structures like the cells and warden’s quarters still remain intact.
Highlights
  • Explore the Old Charleston Jail at night—one of the only night tours offered 
  • Get the historical rundown starting at the day the jail was built in 1802
  • Hear about ghosts that supposedly haunt the halls from your guide
  • Choose from multiple tour times to best fit your schedule
What to Expect
Meet for this guided tour at the Old Charleston City Jail, and get ready to explore its haunted jail cells. Since it will be nighttime, prepare to get even more spooked.
As you walk the hallways, your guide will tell you all about the city’s most famous criminals who lived and died there. You’ll enter the actual cells that held notorious prisoners, such as Lavinia and John Fisher. See if you can catch sight of Lavinia’s ghost, who has been said to still haunt the halls. Some tourgoers have claimed they’ve seen objects move on their own.
Your tour ends back at the entrance of the prison with plenty of time to go out afterward to recover from your eerie adventure.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I own a ghost tour myself and when I ask people about Charleston, the jail tour is the one I hear about the most, so we decided to try it. It did not disappoint. The guide(Jack?), though he said he was pretty new, did a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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BulldogTours1, Manager at Bulldog Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks so much for your review! Jack has been a guide for a little over a year now, but absolutely loves the job and has a passion for the jail. Many of our guides use Ghost Detector, especially on the Paranormal Investigation at the Jail....More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did the night tour and it was great. It was hot but the staff warned us and offered water at $2 a bottle so bring your own! Guide Shawn was informative and made the tour exciting, interesting and spooky. My teens (13 and 16)...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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BulldogTours1, Manager at Bulldog Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks so much for your review! We always encourage bringing water with you to the Jail. The summers are brutal, especially without air conditioning in the jail. We are pleased to hear that everyone in your family enjoyed the tour. Thanks so much! Andrew Kuhn...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We’ve been on at least 6 different ghost tours in Charleston. This one was the most scary because of the setting and the real stories of some of Charleston’s worse criminals. I wouldn’t take anyone under 14 because the setting and stories are intense but...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Donna B
BulldogTours1, Manager at Bulldog Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks so much for your review! The Jail truly is a frightening place. We often encourage anyone with younger children to take the early tours while there is still some daylight. Thanks for spending your evening with us! Andrew Kuhn Tour Guide Manager

Reviewed 5 days ago

Randy. Awesome! Our tour guy Randy was great. He was very knowledgeable, a lot of very interesting history! If you have an iphone, take live photos, you never know what you will get.......More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank tinaw43
BulldogTours1, Manager at Bulldog Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for your review! While it is out of our control to have any experiences on our ghost tours, you are absolutely right that pictures are the way to go. We have numerous live photos with things we cannot explain. Thanks for spending...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

A very fun but scary walk through, not only did we get the history and stories of the jail and city, we also got some insider pointers from our guide. Randy was awesome and was very focused on making sure we had a fun but...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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BulldogTours1, Manager at Bulldog Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for your review! Since the jail is unrestored, it can be a little dangerous. Our guides make guests aware of those precautions before going inside. Randy does a terrific job and we are happy to hear you enjoyed his tour. Thanks again!...More

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I’m not really sure, I would say most likely a no. We went on a tour and some pretty crazy things happened! I thoroughly enjoyed the tour but would not spend the night even if someone paid me. You should ask Mike Brown form... More
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