Middleton Place
Middleton Place
4.5
Historic SitesPoints of Interest & LandmarksGardens
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
About
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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  • Matt B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Got our money’s worth
    This was worth it. From our shuttle driver Wayne (a heck of a tour guide himself!) to the grounds and the volunteers who gave us the tour this was really well organized and informative. Lunch was a nice surprise, food was excellent. Plenty of time to walk the grounds on our own. Saw a few gators too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Imma P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful visit - Mr. Bruce Georgi and history of slavery part of the tour
    We Visited Middleton Place with our two children 13 and 10 and the highlight of our visit was the time spent with Mr. Bruce Georgi. We learnt so much.The almost hour spent with him gave us so much detail, history perspective on the history of slavery in the US. He is so knowledgeable and did not hesitate to answer all the questions my children had even after the tour time finished. Thank you so much Mr Bruce!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • OneHappyCouple2007
    443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking through History
    After looking at all the reviews online, I actually found a better deal by going to the Drayton Hall website where I was able to find a combo tour of both Middleton Place and Drayton Hall at a 25% discount. So, after picking our day we showed up to a near empty Middleton Place. Staff were very friendly and eager to answer any questions we had. Middleton Place offers several guided tours that are free of charge. The house was not open on Monday so we just enjoyed all the gardens and history. After taking all of Middleton Place in, we headed down the road 5 miles to see what Drayton Hall had to offer. Even though Drayton is much smaller, you get to what the house looked like back in 1784. Charles Drayton did a great job of keeping notes in his diary, which allows us now to look back in history. Just so you are aware, if you plan to visit, it will easily take you around 5 hours to see both venues (and that is without getting lunch) so plan ahead. We truly enjoyed visiting both Middleton Place and Drayton Hall and hope to incorporate some of their beautiful garden themes at our own home. ;o)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Kaia R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best of Charleston! My favorite of the trip!
    I did not expect to love this place as much as I did. It is truly magical here. Our guide for the beyond the fields tour was a wonderful story teller and things he said will stick with me for life. Absolutely worth the time/money to experience this place.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Shieldsnan
    Monument, Colorado63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great daytrip or spend the night
    Middleton Place is a lovely estate. We spent one night there which I would highly recommend. Their accommodations are superb! The rooms even have fireplaces! The included morning breakfast was incredible. We ate enough for the whole day! We spent 4 or 5 hours touring the estate gardens, livestock facilities and our buildings. It was a great day.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Greg P
    Galva, Illinois332 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Place
    We went to all four plantations while in Charleston and Middleton was absolutely the one I enjoyed the most. We had three hours here at the end of our last day in the area and it was not enough if you take the three tours offered in admission. I would suggest doing all three tours.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • CarolAnneD
    Leeds, United Kingdom83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Day Out
    A very interesting place to visit. The gardens are stunning and we had a garden tour with Lou who was most informative. We must return for the azaleas and camellias in the spring! The house tour was very interesting and altogether we spent the whole day there and learnt a lot about the Middleton family and American history.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Yehbut
    Hilton Head, South Carolina1,428 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to visit anytime of the year!
    We enjoyed our time at this timeless wonderland!! Full of history and wildlife you have to spent several days here to truly enjoy its unique nature and beauty!! Many outdoor walking paths, steps, and waterways! Love it!!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • michaelbroton
    Stafford, Virginia11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this house
    I had no idea what to expect when we booked the tour. The tour of the house is everything that was advertised and better. The staff did a great job describing the house and grounds and took the time to answer the man questions that I had. This is one of the best house tours in Charleston. A must see of mansions in Ashley River.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Nav1go
    Virginia1,084 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad I chose this for day activity.
    We spent about 4 hours, starting with walking the first half of the property markers in about an hour. It takes you past many of the higher stops and you can do those as well such as the 900+ year old oak. Then had the buffet lunch at the restaurant on the property. We had a 1230 house tour - my one criticism is I would prefer this be guided because you get so much more and there is central space on both floors for the guide to speak while people move about the rooms. After about 30 min in the house we had some time to watch the sheep and go to Eliza’s house, the former slave quarters, before catching the 130 plantation breeds tour. We finished that at 2 and walked back to the reflecting pool and across the the far side of the property but soon decided to call it a day when the camélia garden wasn’t yet blooming. Plan this as a full half day excursion and take your time as the property is enormous and if you like animals, the sheep, goats, water buffalo and horses are all engaging.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
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ShannonC12112
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Have to agree with the other reviewers who found Middleton Place to be historically sugar coated. The gardens are beautiful for sure and the staff were very friendly and willing to answer questions, but I personally they didn't appreciate their approach to telling the story of the slaves who worked there. Also found it to be very expensive- $90 for 2 people to visit the gardens and see the interior of the house. Would recommend this for people interested in viewing the gardens and a peaceful walk or picnic outside.
Written June 29, 2020
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Mommy1Indiana
Scottsburg, IN368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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L E Crosley
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Gardens are spectacular. Saw an alligator sunning in the pond on an unseasonably warm December day. Take some time to visit the Garden Marketplace. Here the living history craftspeople who work in the Stable yard sell the wares they create in the various outbuildings. 70% of the purchase price goes back to the craftperson, so you know you're helping real people when your purchase souvenirs from there.

History lovers will enjoy the house. I consider it worth the additional purchase price.
Written December 7, 2020
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marz
Massachusetts1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
2 of my friends and myself took the Middleton Place with lunch tour with Pineapple Tours yesterday. For what we saw the tour was good the lunch not so much. The tour guide for Pineapple Tours and the person who greeted us when we arrived advised that we were on a schedule and needed to be at the house and restaurant at least 5 minutes before the time as they were very strict about the schedule. We were a little early for both, the issue is it took us 45 minutes to get served our meal and the quiche was cold and the shrimp and grits was warm. We were fearful of sending it back as we didn’t know how long it would take to get it back. Needless to say by the time we finished our lunch we needed to head back to the bus. Our driver was very apologetic and explained that he had notified them well in advance of our arrival so there should not of been any issue. We spent $91 for this trip and didn’t see half of what was promised very disappointing,
Written June 19, 2023
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888travelert
Indianapolis, IN140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited during an unusual time. The world all but shut down due to the Corona Virus. Our goal was to stay outside and take in the beauty of the south. This was the perfect spot to accomplish that goal. We had several plantations to choose from and we asked many people for suggestions and then we found that Middleton Place was offering a dramatic monologue by "Mama Hattie." Let me just say that Mama Hattie brought me to tears. She was amazing and I will count her performance as a highlight of our visit to Charleston. As for the plantation - there was a photo opp around every corner. Absolutely beautiful - reminded me of the grand gardens in England.
Written March 19, 2020
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Cody M
Myrtle Beach, SC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Rubicon_Johnny
Myersville, MD248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Sara J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, NY52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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AverageJoe55
Atlanta, GA606 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
We visited on a weekday morning in June and spent four hours. Encourage a summer visit to start as early as the grounds open. They are well maintained but this place is huge!! Gardens are lovely. We toured the house and especially learned a great deal from Greg, the docent working there. He has a passion for not only the Plantation but history surrounding it and the area. It is a bit out of the way but worth the time. Even starting at 9 am it gets hot quickly so plan accordingly. At least there are plenty of benches in the shade to stop and marvel at the grounds.
Written June 22, 2020
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