Embrace the unique history of The Holy City. Here is everything you need to know about one of Charleston’s most distinguished landmarks. At the meeting point of the Cooper and Ashley River, The Battery is waiting to be discovered. Continue reading to learn more about this how to plan your visit to this incredible piece of Charleston history. For more information on all of the best things to do in the area, don’t forget to request access to our complimentary Destination Guide. Full of best Holy City restaurants, attractions, and events, our expertly crafted guide is the perfect tool for planning the getaway of your dreams.
The Battery: Everything You Need to Know Before Your Visit
About the Battery
In the early years of American history, Charleston Harbor was one of the country’s most critical seaports. In the late 1600s, as the city began to develop, the site of the battery is where travelers arrived to Charleston. A stone monument also reminds us that the area was used for the daily execution of the infamous pirates that frequented the waters in and around Charleston.
Almost 200 years later, during the war of 1812, the British set up a blockade of Charleston Harbor in order to cut off supplies to one of the country’s most prominent naval bases. As a result, a fortified sea wall was built. This defense system was soon coined The Battery. The heavy artillery that served as a means to thwart impending attack has since been removed. In its place stands endless rows of swaying Palmetto trees, towering oaks, and stunning residential communities: a gentle blanket that swaddles the area’s much darker past.
What You’ll See
The brutal history of The Battery is ancient history. Today, the park is the perfect place to capture stunning views of Charleston Harbor as you peer through the Spanish moss. The homes on Rainbow Row look like something out of a Nicholas Sparks movie, and the area even features some of the city’s best restaurants. On your next visit, let the warm ocean breeze wash over you as you stroll along the edge of Charleston Harbor or through White Point Garden. There isn’t a better way to end your day!
How to Visit
Parking at The Battery is usually not much of an issue. There is free parking along the battery wall and metered parking on almost every street in Charleston. The park is located along the southern-most point of the peninsula and is open to the public 24 hours a day. Don’t miss out on one of The Holy City’s most iconic landmarks!
Relax in Style at Hotel Bella Grace in Downtown Charleston
After you’ve finished exploring Charleston, return to the comfort of Hotel Bella Grace. Our boutique hotel is in the heart of Charleston, giving you instant access to all of the best that the city has to offer. Our incredible location and luxurious guest suites are exactly what you need to take your Holy City getaway to the next level.
For example, our Studio Suite offers the perfect blend of elegance and sophistication. Enjoy state-of-the-art amenities and unparalleled customer service on your next visit. It’s never too early to start planning your trip!