Middleton Place

Middleton Place, Charleston: Hours, Address, Middleton Place Reviews: 4.5/5

Middleton Place
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Gardens
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Middleton Place National Historic Landmark is home to America’s oldest and most important landscaped gardens. Began in 1741, the historic site today encompasses 110 acres including the Gardens, House Museum, Stableyards, and Eliza’s House. Together they tell the inclusive history of all who lived, worked, and died here. The stories of the Middleton family including two Founding Fathers and generations of enslaved people are interwoven throughout the property. Visitors have opportunities to experience those stories with both guided or self-guided tours.
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Sara J
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May 2022
The grounds are absolutely stunning and there are enough tours and exhibits to keep you busy for a good chunk of the day. However, the house tour costs extra and is NOT worth it. One guide gave a quick summary of the family outside the house, and then inside another guide talked about the family portraits in the hall. After that we were set loose to tour the house ourselves. I can see why they did that--the house is not very big and it would be impossible for a whole group to look at most of the rooms at once. However, I don't feel like I got much out of the tour, and the most interesting parts (the photograph of the ruins before the earthquake knocked them down, the photos and details about enslaved people who worked on the plantation) were available in other parts of the grounds that were open to general admission.

Also, while the tour guides made sure to always acknowledge that the wealth and grandeur of Middleton Place was only made possible because the family owned slaves, I felt like they often fell short of imparting what their lives were like. We attended the Beyond the Fields: Enslavement at Middleton Place tour and it was rambling and far-ranging. It often went on tangents that had nothing to do with the slave trade and the experiences of enslaved people.
Written May 2, 2022
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Cristi67
Evans Mills, NY41 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Absolutely stunning! We visited in the middle of a very stormy, windy rainy day and yet were still not disappointed. Definitely recommend taking the tours because you’ll learn so much and further appreciate your visit. The house tour was short and very informative. If you skip this tour you’ll miss the opportunity to see/hear some amazing history. Our incredible garden tour guide was not only highly informative but he also braved the weather with us and didn’t cut his talk short one bit. Be sure to wear walking shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy on rainy days. We visited Magnolia the next day and were struck by how very different the two gardens are and how glad we were that we did both. The market had hot beverages that warmed us up after and light lunch & snacks had we wanted those too.
Written April 4, 2022
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Rubicon_Johnny
Myersville, MD261 contributions
Mar 2022
Middleton Place was a wonderful stop on our Charleston vacation this March. We planned ahead and scheduled a private VIP tour which included a carriage ride on the grounds, a credit towards lunch at the restaurant, and tickets to the house tour. The carriage ride was fantastic and we really learned a lot from our tour guides during the ride. The Middleton Place house tour is interesting, but not absolutely a must see, and the same for the restaurant. It was tasty, but also priced a bit steep for the quality and options that are served. Perhaps the best thing about Middleton Place are the gardens. The gardens are absolutely breathtaking and massive. If you visit Middleton Place but don't spend at least 2/3 of your time taking in the gardens, then I'm afraid you may have missed out on the best part.
Written March 12, 2022
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Kim N
United States184 contributions
Mar 2021
We enjoyed a beautiful walk around Middleton Place. Trails were easy to follow but watch our for gators! We enjoyed the history and beauty of Middleton Place. If you're interested in eating at the restaurant, I recommend you putting your name in 30-45 minutes before you're looking to sit down. We only wanted to eat outside and by the time our name came up, they were no longer seating people outdoors.
Written March 28, 2021
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Cody M
Yokohama, Japan4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
Beautiful grounds with plenty of majestic giant oaks, flowers, and wildlife to fill a whole morning. The restaurant also served delicious low country cuisine for lunch at affordable prices. Visit in the morning and you can easily feel like you have the whole place to yourself because there is so much ground to cover and things to see. Best gardens in Charleston.
Written January 10, 2022
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Stacey T
raleigh nc53 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We visited on a beautiful day in May. The grounds surrounding the house are what you are paying to see with the cost of the ticket. They are truly beautiful and it is such a relaxing setting in which to spend a few hours. The house tour is nice but we found it to be a bit lacking. It is worth the $15 upcharge, so do it, but it would be nice to get a fully narrated tour rather than just an introduction and house rules, with a self guided tour. The parts of the house that are available on the tour are the main entry hall, dining room, parlor, library and 3 bedrooms. It's quite a small area. The formal gardens weren't quite as impressive as say those at Biltmore, but were pretty. We didn't take the guided garden tour but maybe we should have. We were a bit limited on time as this was our last stop prior to departing. Overall, we recommend it and really enjoyed our time there. Overall, the grounds are stunning and it is a nice way to spend a few hours in Charleston. Highly recommended.
Written May 14, 2022
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kristal h
246 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
Upon arrival we were greeted by free range sheep. Absolutely beautiful! We greatly appreciated the $5 student admission!!! Buy tickets online. My mom, 16 year old daughter, and I greatly enjoyed walking the grounds of Middleton Place together. We highly recommend buying a bottle of the all natural bug spray before beginning your tour. It worked!!! The gardens are beautiful and very well maintained. The trail paths are easy to follow. Due to my mom’s health, we walked probably half of them. Our visit to Eliza’s House was the most moving part of our visit. The tour guide present was very knowledgeable and shared so much history with us in a conversational way. We were impressed she was willing to say, “I do not know,” when asked a question she did not know the answer to. She was also very intentional to preface what there is historical evidence for and what is presumption or folklore. The House Museum was open for self guided tours with a guide on each level to answer questions. Masks are required and provided within the House Museum. The restaurant was open, but we did not eat there. The farm exhibits had two staff members available to answer questions; it was not a full working exhibit today, which was fine with us. The signage is adequate for a self guided tour. We spent approximately 4 hours at Middleton Place. Depending on pace and interest, one could easily spend a full day.
Written June 8, 2020
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7tammy
Ohio269 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
We have been to plantations in LA. By comparison, this plantation is lacking. The $29 entry fee does NOT get you into the house. That is an extra $15 each. It wasn't worth the money. The tour is self guided. You don't know what you are seeing unless you ask. Once outside again, we realized we only saw 1/3 to maybe 1/2 of the house. The grounds, however, are well kept. The restaurant was VERY disappointing. The lunch buffet is $25 each. We decided to pay the money as a treat (we wouldn't normally pay that much for lunch, let alone for a buffet). Well the joke was on us. The food was dry and cold at 12:15 pm - lunch time!! The staff took our plate, stirred the food, and gave us a second plate. It did no good. We push our second plate away uneaten. We got a sliver of pecan pie for dessert. It was good. They brought us a check for $54 for 2 even though the manager knew we didn't eat more then a fee bites. After a discussion, she cut the bill in half. The day was a disappointment.
Written March 7, 2022
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T A
5 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
We were looking for something low key to do near where we were staying instead going into Charleston (we had plans to go there in the evening).

It was very chilly that day (cloudy, breezy and mid fifties). We walked around the visitor’s center (lean to roof with some pictures and maps on the wall) and garden market (pavilion with stuff for sell and $2 self serve coffee).

We intended to walk the gardens but quickly decided we weren’t paying $29 to walk around the yard in the cold. Anything else you want to do besides “walk around the yard” costs extra.
Written April 9, 2022
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Mommy1Indiana
Scottsburg, IN256 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
I enjoyed a solo trip here while my family fished. It was so peaceful and the grounds were well landscaped. The volunteer for the garden tour was very knowledgeable. You had to pay extra to go in the house but since I was limited on time, I just spent the time exploring the gardens. There is an extensive area with historical signs by the stables, to show vehicles, pottery, and other things of interest from that time period. Highly recommend! You could occasionally hear construction sounds in the distance and the tour guide said it's a battle between progress and preservation. So glad the family has chosen to preserve this!
Written October 15, 2020
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