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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

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Address: 3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7109
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+1 843-571-1266
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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South Carolina's Most Visited Plantation and Gardens. National Registry of...

South Carolina's Most Visited Plantation and Gardens. National Registry of Historic Places. Ancient Oak Avenue. Tours full of History. World Famous Gardens of the 19th Century "Romantic Style". Selected by Travel + Leisure (2014) as the only South Carolina garden deemed one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens".

Reconstruction Period Plantation Home Tour. Award Winning Slave Cabin Tour. Very popular Nature-Train Tour. Rice Field Boat Tour. Family Oriented. Petting Zoo and Nature Center. Audubon Swamp Self-Guided Tour. Amazing Nesting Rookery. If you have only one Plantation to see, don't miss us!

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Lovely plantation.

Beautiful house and gardens. It would be better not in winter! However recommend the nature train and house tour. Cafe had some nice food but no indoor area.

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is an excellent tour around A route if you are traveling by car that is not far from a few other sites. The plantation is large and the staff are very knowledgeable. The Charleston tea plantation is in a partnership with the Bigelow's. Yes that's right as in Bigelow tea. There is so much history here on the plantation.... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've been to Magnolia at least 20 times over the years as a family tradition, and just love it. I had my wedding photos taken on a bridge there in 1993! We always learn or see something new. The grounds are gorgeous, the house holds so much history. The petting zoo is so much fun. The gift shop is outstanding,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On our last morning in Charleston we visited Magnolia Plantation. I wish we had more time to tour! Even though it was a cold December morning (no gator sightings 😞) it was beautiful!! Can't wait to visit again when the gardens are blooming!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful house and gardens. It would be better not in winter! However recommend the nature train and house tour. Cafe had some nice food but no indoor area.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They claim to have bicycle paths around the area but there are also these tour trains which stop and block the trails. In addition, I see some of the workers or perhaps the owners drive cars along the trail also.

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Gadsden, Alabama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to see it all but the train and boat were either full, done for the day or unavailable (I'm not really clear as to which it was). I wish we had been able to see the From Slavery to Freedom Tour but the House tour time didn't work - I would have preferred the former though. The garden... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The house and gardens were absolutely beautiful. Visitors can easily spend hours or a full day at the plantation. I believe the only tour that was not open during the winter, was the river boat. The admission is $15 with additional payment for each of the tours. The historical video, house, and small maze are must does and the swamps... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The plant selection, variety and history of the place make this a truly worthwhile stop. The camellia forest was in bloom in December despite the cold and was lovely on a gloomy, grey day. There are several different garden styles and habitats for lots of variety. Some roses, rhodos and the Japanese Almond were in bloom and the Nandina was... More 

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glorious Midwest
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Atmospheric and not over-restored, with camellias in bloom and beautiful views even in January. Our house tour guide, Ric, did a great job bringing to life the family and lifestyle at the main house, and it's amazing(and unusual) that the plantation is still in the same family after many generations. You can watch a rich variety of waterfowl diving for... More 

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Wheaton Aston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful place to visit and particularly tranquil during December when we were there. The Demonstrations and guided tours were interesting and informative. Gardens and landscaping were beautiful. Restaurant had a good choice of meals and the food was excellent.

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