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.
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 tour locations, the jail 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 as 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.
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. Walking takes about 15-20 minutes as it is six blocks from our office.
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For a more detailed description of the Jail’s history, click here.
Space is limited – Book online today! Book Your Tour! For questions and information about the tour or your reservation, call us at 843-766-2080.
ghost Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.8 based on 32 reviews
“Suzie Q was our guide. We did the after hours tour where you do your own investigation. We had several ghostly experiences including one that had us run down from the third floor to the 1st. Even after that, we stayed another hour and had more experiences too!”
“We did 2 tours. 1st was the VIP tour with Adam. Very informative. Kept us intrigued the whole time. 2nd was the jail tour with Andrew. The creepiest experience of my life!! Dont miss both of these tours!!!”
“Had such a great experience. Larry is a great guide, very interesting and fun to listen to. The tour was cool, taking us through some beautiful and creepy areas. Felt lots of unwelcoming vibes and cold spots along the way. So much fun!”
“The Old Jail in Charleston really does contain an energy of its own. Our tour guide Braxton was informative and engaging. He was also very considerate of those who may have been scared and made sure everyone was well. If you really want to come face-to-face with a troubled ghost, bring your camera and visit here.”
“Attended an after dark tour of the Old Charleston Jail 7/5/18- an unforgettable experience. Sean was a great guide, and Jason was wonderful too. Found several orbs in photographs and my family member reported hearing clanking and far off conversations from behind her.”
“The tour was excellent! Everything you would expect from a scary tour. Our guide Adam was well spoken, informed and went at a comfortable pace to meet everyone’s needs! Highly recommended experience when visiting Charleston!”
“This is the 3rd ghost tour I've done in Charleston and it was one of the best. I had some tactile experiences including something touching my hand, breathing in my face and on my arm. Randy was very knowledgeable and a great guide!”