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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

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Address: 122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-727-2165
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates...
History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates, Patriots and Presidents! Explore the location where pirates were once held and view a section of the 1698 fortification that once protected the Walled City. Completed in 1771 as the New Exchange and Customs House, recognized today as South Carolina's most historic building. Where Patriots were imprisoned, the Constitution was ratified and George Washington was entertained.
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Lots to see in one stop.

A nice breadth of artifacts and lots of history in the building itself. Good ability to be self guided here if you don't want to be led around.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Tulsa
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Tulsa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

A nice breadth of artifacts and lots of history in the building itself. Good ability to be self guided here if you don't want to be led around.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We had an abbreviated tour of dungeon before a private dinner in hall where George Washington entertained (lovely upstairs room!). The tour was quick and given by a young man who rattled off information but was not very engaging. Perhaps it was because it was the end of a long day but this tour was not as memorable as others.... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

On a hot August day in Charleston, you will be pleasantly surprised to find this enlightening activity suitable for visitors of all ranges. The guide was great and very knowledge about the history of Charleston. The scenes presented plenty of great photo ops as long as you have camera capable of taking photos in low light. Overall we enjoyed and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I think this was my favorite place to visit while in Charleston, it had a lot of history, and the dungeon was amazing. Learning what Charleston actually looked like when it was originally settled by the British in the beginning and seeing the actual original battery wall that was under the building, was absolutely amazing. Plus, the tour that they... More 

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Greenville, SC
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We went with Friends to tour the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon on a Saturday afternoon. The tour which last about 35 minutes start on every half hour. The cost is $10 per ticket which is very reasonable. There are lots of old pictures and stuff hanging on the walls that are available for self paced viewing. It was interesting... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

..worth a visit, a 1700 structure well intact. Historical references re: the site with artifacts for view. The dungeon is guided tour only, well preserved for its years.

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Medinah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

tour is guided through the lower level Provost Dungeon. Good with a lot of information on early Charleston. Upper level "the Great Hall" had a lot of history including information on George Washington and others who were there. Main level you could only access one half of the area. The other half you could only look into. I'm thinking that... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We took the tour of the Provost Dungeon and also the self guided tour of the Old Exchange. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to find out how important this building was in Charleston's history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The guided tour on the lower level gives a good understanding of the outline of the old city. A portion of the original wall is visible.

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Louisburg, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We learned a lot about Charleston history and about the Provost Dungeon. Not good for little children.

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