Cozy bars, interesting history, and top sights from Charleston City Market to Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal—discover it all in Downtown Charleston.

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Historical Buildings, Churches and Cathedrals

Top Hotels in Downtown Charleston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District
3.5 out of 5
560 King Street, Charleston
$159/night
Aug 8 - Aug 9
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,025 reviews)

"Location is excellent for dining and shopping. Room was very big and beds were very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District
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The Francis Marion Hotel
4 out of 5
387 King St, Charleston
$152/night
Aug 11 - Aug 12
4.2/5Excellent! (2,269 reviews)

"You have to pay for parking in garage next door. Wasn’t aware of that in advance but it was only $5 per entry."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019

The Francis Marion Hotel
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The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
115 Meeting Street, Charleston
$152/night
Jul 29 - Jul 30
4.4/5Excellent! (1,906 reviews)

"We loved staying here! The location is perfect! It is right in the middle of town, close enough to walk most places. It’s about 2 blocks from the market which you should absolutely visit. We also loved the live music at happy hour. I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
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Belmond Charleston Place
5 out of 5
205 Meeting Street, Charleston
$319/night
Jul 29 - Jul 30
4.7/5Exceptional! (2,013 reviews)

"Very convenient to all that downtown historic Charleston has to offer."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2019

Belmond Charleston Place
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Holiday Inn Express Charleston Dwtn - Medical Area
3 out of 5
250 Spring Street, Charleston
$89/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
3.7/5Good! (1,681 reviews)

"Need to update some of the facilities. Toilet would not work properly."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Holiday Inn Express Charleston Dwtn - Medical Area
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The Meeting Street Inn
3 out of 5
173 Meeting Street, Charleston
$129/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
4.4/5Excellent! (1,220 reviews)

"Historic. Beautiful welcoming lobby. Good morning buffet. Excellent wine and cheese every evening and cookies in the evening. The staff were helpful. Lovely courtyard. Comfortable bed. Chairs in room need to be cleaned. Bedspread a very drab uninviting beige-brown."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019

The Meeting Street Inn

Popular things to do in Downtown Charleston

Charleston City Market
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Charleston City Market

Purchase food, jewelry and handicrafts in the market and learn about local tradition, the Civil War and slavery at its museum.

Waterfront Park
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Waterfront Park

Stroll the city’s waterfront esplanades at sunset, when the afternoon sun begins to dip and the harbor is lit with soft colors.

South Carolina Aquarium
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South Carolina Aquarium

See an array of aquatic creatures, including an albino alligator, in underwater habitats ranging from salt marshes to coastal plains.

White Point Gardens
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White Point Gardens

Learn about pirates and examine the cannons and military memorials in an enchanting riverside park with fortifications that once defended the city.

Nathaniel Russell House
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Nathaniel Russell House

This 19th-century mansion is remarkable for its circular dining room, self-supporting three-story spiral staircase and elaborate detailing.

Aiken-Rhett House
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Aiken-Rhett House

Examine the impressive design and décor of this museum that was once a mansion where wealthy families lived and slaves labored.

Top activities in Downtown Charleston

Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston
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Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

$25

Sit in the lap of luxury as you cruise the streets of Charleston in style and comfort, on an amazing carriage ride. Expert guidance, professionalism and knowledge await your arrival to explore this iconic destination.

Historic City Tour & Southern Mansion Tour
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Historic City Tour & Southern Mansion Tour

$32

Immerse yourself in the colonial past, American heritage, and pre-war beauty of Charleston on this tour of the city's historic heart. After scoping out landmarks from Rainbow Row to the City Market, visit a restored mansion for a true glimpse of what life was like here in the country's early days.

Historic City Walking Tour
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Historic City Walking Tour

$18

Encounter the best that Charleston has to offer on this informative and memorable walking tour devoted to the city's history.

Historic City Landmarks Tour & Harbor Cruise
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Historic City Landmarks Tour & Harbor Cruise

$45

Feel the magic of Charleston on a pair of tours that show you the best of this venerable city. A relaxing ride takes you to the historic homes and landmarks that fill the town, and then a boat cruise on Charleston Harbor shows you the gentle waters that helped shape American history.

Evening Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston
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Evening Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

$16

On this 35 minute tour you will have an opportunity to see the "Holy City" during the best part of the day. The Evening Tour of Historic Charleston is an abbreviated version of the Daytime Tour allowing guests to see the highlights of this beautiful city in just over a half an hour.

Historic Charleston Harbor Tour
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Historic Charleston Harbor Tour

$30

Climb aboard the Carolina Belle for a daytime voyage through Charleston's harbor. This sightseeing cruise covers more than 20 miles (32 km) and 300 years of interesting area history. Come experience Charleston's history by sailing aboard the Carolina Belle.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Downtown Charleston

10 can’t-miss restaurants in Charleston
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10 can’t-miss restaurants in Charleston

Making a menu of one of the premiere foodie destinations

Charming Charleston
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Charming Charleston

Indulging in art, food and history on a weekend in Charleston

Charleston two ways
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Charleston two ways

Experiencing the charm of Charleston, his way and her way

Other neighborhoods in Charleston

Charleston Historic District
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Charleston Historic District

Historical Buildings, Churches, Tours

Charleston Historic District is a historic, walkable neighborhood with convenient options for restaurants and bars. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its architecture and college atmosphere. You can satisfy your cultural palate with the churches and shopping.

French Quarter
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French Quarter

Bars, Historical Buildings, Dining

French Quarter is a historic, walkable neighborhood with convenient options for bars and restaurants. You can satisfy your cultural palate with the churches and live music.

North-Central
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North-Central

North-Central is a welcoming neighborhood.

Harleston Village
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Harleston Village

Harleston Village is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

The Groves
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The Groves

The Groves is a welcoming neighborhood.

Old Village
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Old Village

Old Village is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.