The Haunted Jail Tour

As seen on Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, and The Travel Channel

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.

If you want to learn the history behind the haunted, take our new Historic Charleston Jail Tour.

Call 843-722-8687 to make a reservation!

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.

Book online now!



Important Note – 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.

For private rentals of the Jail, please click here.

For a more detailed description of the Jail’s history, click here.


The Haunted Jail Tour Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.9 based on 11 reviews
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Old City Jail

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We had a great time! Sean knows his history and respects the grounds. We will be back!

Cellphone battery drained

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Before the tour I was taking pictures, and then the phone died. Total battery drain. Could not believe it. Think it was the figure I captured in one of the pictures, who knew I caught them.

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We went at 7pm and the tour was awesome! No drunk guests, our tour guide Glenn knew a ton about the history of the building and it's inmates, and he shared things on the paranormal side of it too! If you are looking for a great ghost tour, this is the place to go! Thanks Glenn and thanks Bulldog tours for a great experience!

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