We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Aiken-Rhett House

48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
+1 843-723-1159
Website
Share
Save
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in many ways. For example, it remained in the hands of family descendents for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the house in 1995 and adopted a conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“audio tour” (238 reviews)
“own pace” (132 reviews)
“slave quarters” (297 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
LOCATION
48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403-6250
CONTACT
Website
+1 843-723-1159
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Charleston
from US$20,00
More Info
from US$29,95
More Info
from US$32,00
More Info
from US$72,00
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (1 355)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"audio tour"
in 238 reviews
"own pace"
in 132 reviews
"slave quarters"
in 297 reviews
"urban plantation"
in 61 reviews
"self guided"
in 77 reviews
"original wallpaper"
in 19 reviews
"original state"
in 36 reviews
"art gallery"
in 21 reviews
"preserved home"
in 23 reviews
"historic charleston foundation"
in 25 reviews
"combo ticket"
in 34 reviews
"step back in time"
in 28 reviews
"answer questions"
in 23 reviews
"take your time"
in 15 reviews
"visitor's center"
in 23 reviews
"civil war"
in 26 reviews
"headphones"
in 87 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 1 337 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed this bundled tour with the museum and another property. It was an audio tour that we attended alone. I would recommend going early or late in the summer as there is no AC. They will also have you store your belongings in a...More

Thank tedact
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 days ago

The tour was guided and very informative. Saw both the family quaters adn the slave quarters. We walked there from the Visitor's Center.

Thank Ann D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 days ago

I don't really like audio tours, especially when I'm with other people. It's hard to share the experience as well or even stay together for that matter. The heat was also very distracting and the people who worked there were by far the least friendly/helpful...More

Thank Barry G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

It has been 9 years since I last toured what once was a magnicent home. I understood and welcomed what was somewhat of a historical reality check in 2009. Unrestored, however, should not mean dirty and crumbling to dust. I liked seeing the original wall...More

Thank TheCovertCritic
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't visit if you are looking for an historic home tour full of reproductions and items unoriginal to the home. This is the real deal. The furnishings and decor are original. It is rare to find a home tour like this and I thoroughly enjoyed...More

Thank mgdteach
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

The self-guided audio tour of the Aiken-Rhett house was well-paced and informative. You could also stop the recording and linger longer in any area if you wished. I enjoyed and appreciated this very much as I did not feel rushed and was able to take...More

Thank SabbyNW
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the house about 15 years ago and enjoyed it then. The addition of the self-guided audio tour enhanced the experience greatly. You could feel the presence of the people that lived there - eerie and wonderful at the same time.

Thank KISNapa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had toured this house several years ago and it felt very spooky. This time we had an audio tour and it was much more thorough and enjoyable. You shouldn't miss this house. It's not restored so you get a real feeling of how life...More

Thank PalestineSusie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The self-paced audio tour was wonderful for a solo traveler. I enjoyed walking through the home on my own time. If you are interested in seeing a comprehensive home tour this may be the best one. You’ll get to experience the enslaved African quarters and...More

Thank FordFocus31
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rather than restore this home, the Foundation has chosen to preserve this House as it was when they took ownership. So, you will experience the property as-is. But don't worry, it's still a beautiful visit and there are still many original pieces. Just outside the...More

1  Thank 1979Spy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 63 hotels in Charleston
Hampton Inn Charleston - Historic District
2 135 reviews
.33 km away
Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District
218 reviews
.34 km away
Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown
747 reviews
.38 km away
The Dewberry Charleston
662 reviews
.41 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts
345 reviews
.42 km away
Basil Restaurant
634 reviews
.41 km away
Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
672 reviews
.42 km away
39 Rue de Jean
1 260 reviews
.42 km away
Nearby Attractions
Charleston Visitor Center
949 reviews
.27 km away
Charleston Museum
823 reviews
.22 km away
Charleston Music Hall
100 reviews
.34 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Jackie P
14 March 2018|
Answer
Response from LSD11 | Reviewed this property |
Allow an hour to visit each house. Parking is on-street for both houses.
2
Votes
Ryan H
28 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Kristen H | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple houses that have joint offers. The Aiken-Rhett House allows you to buy a joint ticket with the Natheniel Russell House. You can the ticket at either house the day of.
4
Votes
Gina H
19 November 2015|
Answer
Response from Sarah M | Reviewed this property |
an hour
1
Vote
;