Charleston Downtown Architecture Walk, Charleston

Charleston is a very beautiful city, with a rich history, famous for its southern hospitality. Those who like architecture will find some marvelous buildings, structures, churches, mansions and other outstanding sights here. Take the tour below to see some of the most beautiful Downtown architecture.
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Charleston Downtown Architecture Walk Map

Guide Name: Charleston Downtown Architecture Walk
Guide Location: USA » Charleston (See other walking tours in Charleston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Author: alice
Rainbow Row

1) Rainbow Row (must see)

Rainbow Row is the name for a series of colorful historic houses in Charleston. The houses are located north of Tradd St. and south of Elliot St. on East Bay Street. It is referred to as Rainbow Row for the pastel colors used to paint all of the houses. It is a common tourist attraction and is one of the most photographed parts of Charleston. Common myths concerning Charleston include variants on the reasons for the paint colors. According to some tales, the houses were painted in the various...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Charleston County Courthouse

2) Charleston County Courthouse

Charleston County Courthouse is a Neoclassical building in Charleston designed by Irish architect James Hoban. It was a likely model for Hoban's most famous building, The White House and both buildings are modelled after Leinster House, the current seat of the Irish Parliament in Dublin.

President George Washington visited Charleston on his Southern Tour in May 1791, may have met with Hoban, and summoned the architect to Philadelphia in June 1792. The following month, Hoban was named the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Governor's House Inn

3) Governor's House Inn

Governor's House Inn was built in 1760 and was once the house of Edward Rutledge, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Governor of South Carolina. Today it is a very pleasant inn and a National...   view more
Hibernian Hall

4) Hibernian Hall

Hibernian Hall in Charleston is located at 105 Meeting Street, just north of the intersection of Meeting and Broad Street, more commonly referred to as the "Four Corners of the Law". The building was constructed in 1840 by Thomas U. Walter of Philadelphia in the Greek Revival style, with six giant-order Ionic columns supporting the pediment. The building is home to the Hibernian Society, an Irish benevolent society. The first floor was used as a meeting space, and the second floor as...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Dock Street Theatre

5) Dock Street Theatre (must see)

Dock Street Theatre is a theater in the historic French Quarter neighborhood of downtown Charleston. It was the first building in America designed for use as a theater. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The theater is currently in the final stages of a $20 million renovation that includes major improvements in resistance to dangerous seismic activity and hurricane wind events, the addition of elevators to make the facility fully wheelchair accessible, and greatly improved...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Philip's Episcopal Church

6) St. Philip's Episcopal Church (must see)

St. Philip's Episcopal Church is an historic Episcopal church in the French Quarter neighborhood of Charleston. Its National Historic Landmark description states: "Built in 1836 (spire completed in 1850), this stuccoed brick church features an imposing tower designed in the Wren-Gibbs tradition. Three Tuscan pedimented porticoes contribute to this design to make a building of the highest quality and sophistication." On November 7, 1973, it was added to the National Register of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Trotts Cottage

7) Trotts Cottage

Trotts Cottage is an amazing structure of the pre-revolutionary era. At present, the house is a bookshop with a collection of about 5000 volumes of historic and contemporary southern fiction and historic memorabilia that are for sale. The Cottage is famous for its architecture and design, with original and reproduced furniture after the style of the early 1700s and an amazing large central...   view more
Circular Congregational Church

8) Circular Congregational Church (must see)

Circular Congregational Church and Parish House is a church in Charleston. The church was a Pantheon-type building 88 feet in diameter with seven great doors and 26 windows. On its main floor and in the gallery it was said to accommodate 2,000 worshipers! On December 11, 1861, a great fire started near the Cooper River. During the night, a “ hurricane of fire ” swept all the way across the city, leaving in its wake the ruins of Old Circular. Once again Circular Church raised the eyebrows of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Old City Market

9) Old City Market (must see)

The Old City Market is also one of the most visited spots in Charleston. It has a history stretching back to over 200 years, and, besides being a very popular shopping place for tourists and locals alike, it is also a very interesting architectural structure. The main building was established in 1841 and it resembles a Greek temple. Also there are four open-air buildings that house the...   view more

Walking Tours in Charleston, South Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Charleston

Create Your Own Walk in Charleston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Charleston is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Charleston Downtown Art Galleries Walk

Charleston Downtown Art Galleries Walk

Charleston is a very beautiful, southern city, with a rich history and very friendly people. It is also home to some amazing and interesting art galleries and museums. Take the following driving tour and discover Charleston's most appreciated art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Charleston Art and Culture Walk

Charleston Art and Culture Walk

Charleston was founded in 1670 and is a great tourist destination that offers you some of the most amazing, old and interesting tourist attractions. There is some great art and culture to be visited and enjoyed. Take the following tour to see it all.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Charleston Harleston Village Churches Tour

Charleston Harleston Village Churches Tour

Charleston is very famous for its number of churches, as well as for being very open and tolerating different kinds of religious faiths. Charleston is the only city in the USA to have an independent Huguenot church. Here is a tour that will take you through Charleston’s Harleston Village churches.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Charleston’s Downtown History Museums Walk

Charleston’s Downtown History Museums Walk

Charleston is very famous for its large number of historic houses and history museums. Take the tour below to see some of the most famous and interesting history museums in Downtown Charleston. Take this walking tour and you will learn more about history of Charleston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Charleston is the oldest and the largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades, including "America's Most Friendly City" and also "The most polite and hospitable city in America". It is also home to some amazing and interesting art galleries, historic houses and museums, astonishing churches and architectural structures. Take the walk below to see some of the most popular and interesting tourist attractions in Charleston.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Charleston Nightlife Walking Tour

Charleston Nightlife Walking Tour

Downtown Charleston is full of very interesting and entertaining spots, bars, nightclubs, discotheques, etc. There are places that cater to people of all ages and tastes. Take the walking tour below to see some of the most popular night spots in Downtown Charleston.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km