Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Old City Jail, which housed some of Charleston’s most infamous criminals, 19th-century pirates, and Civil War prisoners. Located on Magazine Street downtown, the Old City Jail was in operation from 1802 until 1939, and most of the building’s original structures — like the cells and warden’s quarters — remain intact.
The Haunted Jail Tour takes you through the cells, hallways, and into the places where Charleston’s worst criminals lived and died. Brace yourself as you hear stories like the legend of Lavinia and John Fisher, hotel owners from the 1800s who supposedly poisoned their guests. Featured on such shows as Ghost Adventures, the story goes that Lavinia’s ghost still, very audibly, haunts the premises.
By far one of our most popular Charleston ghost tours, this is quite possibly the scariest place you will ever go — no joke. Open often to the public for arts events, the jail even gives locals an eerie chill down the spine as soon as one steps foot into the space. Visitors go as far to say they’ve seen objects move or even disappear, while others hear voices, the slamming of doors, or chains as they’re allegedly dragged against the floor of the jail.
The experience is NOT recommended for small children — or men who cry easily.
Still game? Good.
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Please make sure to check in at our office, 18 Anson St, no later than 45 minutes prior to your reservation time. While you do purchase your tickets at our office, the tour does start at the Old City Jail. Upon arrival, a Bulldog Tours employee will furnish you with a physical ticket and directions to the Jail. There is free parking provided at the Jail if you wish to drive. If not, walking takes about 15-20 minutes as it is six blocks from our office.
- “The jail tour was very informative, dark and scary!!” – Mike from Bloomington, MN
- “Everything we would have hoped it would be and more! The best haunted tour I have taken. Braxton was impressive with his storytelling and knowledge of the history of the city.” – Fontana, CA
- “The Jail tour was great!I heard it was the best in town and they were right!” – Cincinatti, OH