- 45 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
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.
- All entrance fees included
- All-inclusive tour
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Professional Guide
- Exploring creep jail cells & hallways
- Entry/Admission - Old City Jail
- Transportation to/from attractions
21 Magazine St
Returns to original departure point
The Haunted Jail Tour takes you through the cells, hallways, and into the places where Charleston’s worst criminals lived and died. Brace yourself as you hear stories like the legend of Lavinia and John Fisher, hotel owners from the 1800s who supposedly poisoned their guests. Featured on such shows as Ghost Adventures, the story goes that Lavinia’s ghost still, very audibly, haunts the premises.
This Haunted Jail Tour is quite possibly the scariest place you will ever go! Open often to the public for arts events, the jail even gives locals an eerie chill down the spine as soon as one steps foot into the space. Visitors go as far to say they’ve seen objects move or even disappear, while others hear voices, the slamming of doors, or chains as they’re allegedly dragged against the floor of the jail.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Randy should be in a play! He is passionate about the stories from the jail. He is a great story teller
Loved hearing the history behind the jail. We went at night which I think was the best time. The tour guide was great..
Great attraction where you have the opportunity to learn about history. The tour guide was great! Definitely worth the money.
Was quite fascinating - you head through a few rooms although all of them are mostly empty - just a few resurrected old cages where some of the inmates were held. One of the ladies within the group claimed to have something touching her head when we were in a dark room and it made it pretty exciting! Not so much for her though, she was a little freaked out but if you can handle being spooked a little this is a decent tour.
I would say this is more of a historical tour but we really enjoyed it. For the it was worth it for our family!
The jail ghost tour was a little disappointing. We didn't get to see the morgue or other parts of the building. Most of the windows were intentionally closed to make the visitors hot and justify cutting the tour short, so the operators could fit in more starting times. The jail has such a fascinating history, and the guides could do a lot more with it. As always, when it comes to ghosts, the almighty dollar still rules.
Very dark, lots of stories and history. But I thought the walk there through dark alleys was scarier. Interesting history about the jail. Very sad.
Awesome tour, Will was an interesting tour guide, totally enjoyed him!
Though the jail is very hot in the summertime, the tour guides are knowledgeable and make the experience a lot of fun.