A beautiful coastal city in South Carolina, Charleston is known for a few things: seafood, history, and architectural. The downtown peninsula is lined with gorgeous mansions and stately Charleston singles, many of which are renowned for both their design and history. If you’re interested in learning more about the prominent families of the city and their unique residences, try embarking on one of these Charleston house tours. Before arriving in the Holy City, you can plan some of your vacation activities based on our Destination Guide. This handy planner is packed with local insight on the best things to do and places to eat. Get your copy today!
Most Popular Charleston House Tours
The Calhoun Mansion
An iconic residence on Meeting Street, the Calhoun Mansion has stood in downtown Charleston since 1876. Constructed as a typical Victorian-style home, the property features more than 30 rooms and covers 24,000 square feet. During the tour, you’ll get up-close looks at some of the original owners most prized possessions, and you’ll have the opportunity to see the beautiful rooms, including a ballroom with ceilings 45 feet high. Follow your expert tour guide and he or she leads you through the home and the history, which began with the original owner George W. Williams, a Charlestonian businessman. Some of the mansion’s most unique items include Egyptian artifacts, elephant foot stools, and gorgeous Syrian lamps.
Nathaniel Russell House
This masterpiece of architecture took five years to build and was completed in 1808. According to the Historic Charleston Foundation, the Nathaniel Russell House cost $80,000 to construct, and at the time, the median price of a home was just $262. A grand show of craftsmanship and luxury, the three-story home belonged to Nathaniel Russell, a wealthy merchant from Rhode Island who made his fortune shipping goods. The home stayed in the family for decades before being purchased by 1857. After trading hands several times through the years, the property still sits on Meeting Street near the Battery restored to its original glory and renowned as one of the most important Neoclassical structures in American architecture.
Aiken Rhett House
A beautiful yellow-colored home on Elizabeth Street near Wragg Mall park, the Aiken Rhett home was built in 1820 but expanded when the Governor and his wife purchased the property from the original owner in 1830s. Now, it’s known as one of the best-preserved townhomes in the country. Tour the many rooms and learn more about the previous owners and the property itself.
Relax at Hotel Bella Grace
When visiting the Holy City, Hotel Bella Grace offers the perfect accommodations with proximity to many of the downtown Charleston house tours. Take advantage of our Tick Tock personal concierge service for transportation and reservation needs. If you’d like to cook some of your meals during your stay, select one of our many rooms featuring full kitchens with stovetops, ovens, dishwashers, and microwaves. Our Studio Suite offers guests an open floor plan with a kitchen, sleeper sofa, and a king-size bed.
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