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Charleston Old Walled City Walking Tours

151 Meeting Street, at the BB&T Building, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)
843-343-4851
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Ranked #37 of 174 Activities in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Tour Charleston's Historic Sites with Al Ray, Charleston native and licensed guide for 35 years. Enjoy the Old Walled City Walking Tour at 10AM or the Home and Garden Walking Tour at 1:30 PM Wed-Sun. The Slavery and Freedom Tour and the Charleston Ghost Tour are offered by appointment. Call for rates to tour Charleston privately with Al on foot or with a driver any day of the week at a time convenient for your schedule. Walking Tours depart in front of 151 Meeting Street at the BB&T Bank Building. We meet on the sidewalk. Open Wednesday-Sunday, Reservations Please!

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Santa Rosa, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

we had a private tour with Al .ray and so pleased we did, he knew so much history and took us all around and filled our minds with days past. It was informative, fun and beautiful to see the city with our own personal guide instead of a large group. Al would be the one I'd have again when we... More

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North Augusta, South Carolina, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We have been to Charleston many times and either walked the historic district on our own or taken the Carriage tour, but this Tour was so much more. Walking the old Walled City with a very knowledgeable guide was well worth the money! I highly recommend this tour. Tour was 1.25 miles and 2 hours long. I feel like I... More

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prague
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were really pleased with our tour of Charleston with Al. I called Al at the suggestion of another tour company and he was recommended as being very knowledgable about the city and able to give a tour tailored to our interests. We had two college students in our group and a high school student with some very specific interests.... More

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AGRinSC, Owner at Charleston Old Walled City Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thank You for your wonderful endorsement! I especially thank you for noting the referral from another company. I have been touring Charleston for over thirty years and have made the study of American History my avocation for more years than that. I an acknowledged as the "tour guides tour guide" by many in the community. Even though I have done... More

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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Found this tour on Groupon and decided a 2 hour walking tour was good way for my family to learn about some Charleston history of the downtown area. We decided on the shorter tour with our teenage sons and skipped the slightly longer tour with gardens. Al was born and raised in Charleston and slightly "customized" the tour for us.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

What an enjoyable, educational, and entertaining tour! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed touring Charleston with Al. We got lucky and had Al to ourselves. We requested to learn about Charleston's colonial period (as we had already taken another tour focusing on the Civil War), and Al accommodated our request. He truly is very knowledgable about Charleston. We can't say... More

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Buford, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Loved walking through Charleston with Al Ray, who shared his knowledge and revealed the heart and character of the City of Charleston. Al knows so much about the city, he can almost customize the focus of each tour based on the interests of those in attendance. Highly recommend this walking tour for anyone visiting the city, can't wait to come... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

Al Ray does an outstanding job leading this tour. He has a wealth of information about the city of Charleston and shares it in a personal and interesting way. We booked online and had him all to ourselves. Included were tours of two historic houses and the armory museum. We learned things about the city and architecture that we certainly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We chose this tour because of the positive reviews on trip advisor. Our guide Al was extraordinarily knowledgeable and personable. The tour's pace is perfect for any age. This was definitely one of the highlights of our visit and a "must do" when visiting Charleston. We enjoyed the tour so much that we look forward to returning to Charleston to... More

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Charleston, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Today we had the pleasure of walking around Historic Charleston with tour guide, Al Ray. It was a great deal of fun as he is a wealth of knowledge on Charleston history. He is funny and loves what he does. He continues to keep it interesting with amusing stories and bits of folklore. I highly recommend this tour as he... More

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AGRinSC, Owner at Charleston Old Walled City Walking Tours, responded to this review

So glad that you enjoyed yourself! I'm glad that you noted that you could hear me over the din of the street. One thing people forget when choosing a guide is the ability to emote. I'm in the perfect profession for a loudmouth! Thanks for the great review! More

Chicago, IL
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

My wife and I booked Al for a private tour of Charleston and asked that he accommodate both her love of gardens and architecture with my love of history. We were not disappointed. He is extremely informative and has a great sense of humor to keep it fun. He really draws you into the era and makes history come alive.... More

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