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Unique way to experience Charleston's charms

It is not always entirely accessible, but it is a unique way to see a lot of what makes the city... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2018
summerville, sc, United States
Unexpected gem, though a little overgrown

Was looking for something different to do in Charleston and heard about the Gateway walk. It is a... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Waterford, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were excited to take this walk, but all the gates were locked. Shouldn't someone somewhere indicate that it is not a year-round walk? No one at the Visitors center told us, but really all the gates were locked.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed August 22, 2018

It is not always entirely accessible, but it is a unique way to see a lot of what makes the city special. As the city grows and is discovered by more and more people every year, this exploration is a desirable break from the rush...More

Date of experience: August 2018
5  Thank W7356DIjerryc
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Was looking for something different to do in Charleston and heard about the Gateway walk. It is a short walk (like 3 or 4 blocks, from Archdale to Church season) through gardens and graveyards in Charleston. Got a map from the hotel concierge. It is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank williamo30
Reviewed July 2, 2018

I would never have walked down this path without TripAdvisor. As you walk around the historical streets of Charleston, you see dozens and dozens of gated courtyards and walkways. All of them, but this one, are private that take you to someone's personal home. This...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank CraftBeers
Reviewed June 25, 2018

We have been coming to Charleston for the past 12 years and never knew about this walkway until this year. You can google a map of it. It is a beautiful walk. The graveyard at the Circular church was our highlight on it. Unfortunately the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank BradU42
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

The gateway walk is a fun area to explore. If I hadn’t read trip advisor I wouldn’t have found the place. It is worth a deviation from Kings street. Once you enter the gates you are transported into a small secret garden!

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Jedediah S
Reviewed May 16, 2018

You can get a free map at the Visitor Center. The starting point is the Unitarian Church Cemetery just off King Street. It has been left to grow naturally(wild) and is truly the most beautiful place in a town full of beautiful sites. The rest...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank jillsC2584XE
Reviewed May 7, 2018

I had been coming to Charleston for a few years, and even after that and living here for half a year, I still had never encountered the Gateway Walk. But we came upon the section of it that leaves King Street to the west. The...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Charming_Karl
Reviewed April 29, 2018

Strolling down busy King Street and around the battery, with all the tourists, few notice and know about this very special secluded spot. If you are heading down King Street, notice the big brick pillars and black iron gates on the right about two blocks...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Sally P
Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

Out of everything we did in Charleston I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the Gateway Walk the most - it ended up being my absolute favorite attraction. Firstly, it’s free. Secondly it’s absolutely gorgeous. Thirdly, it’s very exciting, like you’re taking...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Hannah R
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Laurinburg, North Carolina
Gateway Walk (3 Replies)
My husband and I will be visiting Charleston with our children(12, 11 and 2) on Nov. 28th-Dec. 1st. We pretty much know what we want to do while we're there...Middleton Place, Edmondston-Alston house, Nathaniel - Russel house, Patriots Point and Ft. Sumter. We also plan on doing a carriage ride and visiting Waterfront park and the battery. I came across The Gateway walk while looking up inexpensive things to do..we're trying to save as much money as we can...but I have found very little...More
September 06, 2010|
Response fromSCBlossom|
There are picnic tables at Middleton Place out under some of the beautiful oaks. There is also a place to eat under a covered area off the parking area called the Garden Market where they also sell sandwiches, soup and salads etc. Middleton Place has its Plantation Days in November. You can find out more specifics on their website. They have special craftsmen and some interactive activities of the way life used to be in the low country. I am not familiar with the Gateway Walk but will...More
Northfield, Minnesota
Question on Gateway Walk (3 Replies)
I want to do this walk in the morning. Is there a certain time in the morning that I can plan that all of the gates will be open?
August 14, 2012|
Response fromTony055|
Thanks! This is excellent information.
Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Gateway Walk (1 Replies)
I was reading about the Gateway Walk and was wondering if anyone had done the self guided tour before? I had read that not all the gates are open. Is the tour worth doing? We thought it would be an interesting walk to take as we are staying at the John Rutledge Inn and he is buried in one of the cemeteries we can walk through. Thanks!
June 16, 2014|
Response fromMikeStone29401|
The best part of Gateway Walk is from the Unitarian Church on Archdale Street to King Street. The stretch between King Street & Meeting Street, alongside Charleston Library Society & Gibbes Art Gallery, is less enjoyable. Two historic cemeteries, Circular Congregational and St Philip's Episcopal, are the rest of the walk. The gate between them is usually locked these days, but both of them are worth visiting, as is St. Michaels Cemetery.