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Philadelphia Alley

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Address: Charleston, SC
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Historic Downtown Walking Tour
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Charleston's Alleys and Hidden Passages

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Dueling history

We read the history of the alley as we walked through and it made it a time machine. Can you imagine having to show up here for a duel? Happy that wasn't what was going on here... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2016
lserendip
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Charleston, South Carolina
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

According to multiple tour guides, this alley was used for dueling because you couldn't see any of the many churches in Charleston from this alley. As many as 16 men died there, so you might see a ghost walking by yourself late at night. However, it's well-lit, which was a letdown. Kids loved the story, so it was fun watching... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

We read the history of the alley as we walked through and it made it a time machine. Can you imagine having to show up here for a duel? Happy that wasn't what was going on here today. A pretty alley with an interesting history.

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1 Thank lserendip
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

A friend who recently visited told me to find it on Queen St and to take a quiet stroll through. It is easy to walk by this narrow alley unless you watch for it. There is not a sign to mark it or I missed it. Forget about finding a parking meter on Sunday when they are free and park... More 

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2 Thank Blacksoup
charleston, sc
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Great stone work and flowers. Very quaint walk way with some history and maybe a few ghosts. Some tours will use the alleyway as a cut through and stop to tell you the stories

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Solomons, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

This is a pretty little walkway in the old part of Charleston. Not a destination, but a pleasant little byway that shouldn't be missed. Pretty even in late winter/early spring.

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1 Thank Kate M
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

We walked through here on our walking tour as well as on our own. It is very quiet and has some interesting history!

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1 Thank Christa P
Wewoka, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

Philadelphia Alley is located in downtown historic Charleston. It's been here since the mid 1760's although most of the surrounding buildings were destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the early 1800's. The brick paved alleyway is lush with greenery and flowers making for a nice stroll. Very well done!

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2 Thank pednurse
Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

This hidden treasure of an alley was a surprise find while walking around Charleston's French Quarter. It is tiny, with plenty of greenery and historic buildings with amazing architectural details. It's full of history, and a plethora of photo opportunities. Definitely recommended.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

This alley is good for pictures and learning a little history. We did this during the day but am sure it is fun at night. You just feel the history as you walk through it.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We've been on two ghost tours and both guides said this alley is known for paranormal activities. It runs behind a church graveyard and it's creepy to walk down at night. Some reviewers have said they don't see what the fuss is about, but I bet they did not go down Philadephia Alley at night. Locate it during the day,... More 

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