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 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.
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!
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“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!”
“This would have had to be one of the most scariest thing I have done. This is great for people who love scary things. Right when I walked in the jail I felt itchy and loss of breath and just felt heavy. An amazing experience”
“Done a ton of tours all kinds- Andrea our guide was great from how built in revolutionary grave to all stories of real torture and horror of 14k plus who pershied - Ypu FEEL the meg energy! Do did my husband who is not a believer in anything like this- son is history Major- Very important to know what occurred blocks from the Battery mansions! A must see - and today jails have TV! ? Go ASAP! True history soon sold - Bullfog scores again ! Thx 8 pm was great!”
“Just as with my first Ghost and Graveyard Walking tour with Bulldog Tours a few years ago, the tour of the Old Charleston Jail was very thought-provoking. Eric Lavender was a super guide - knowledgeable and attentive. The history of this landmark is gruesome and visiting on a cold, rainy night only added to the experience. Priced right and a perfect length. Can't wait for my next visit to Charleston and my next tour with Bulldog Tours.”
“As soon as I entered the jail I felt tremors, which is completely normal in any old city for me but Downstairs just before the exit I experienced a full force from a lot of entities in one room. They really are there. This place is genuinely haunted.”
“My 2 friends and I went on 2 City Jail Tours and one Ghosts and Graveyard Tour over Halloween weekend. We had THE best scare ever!! Randy and Joy were awesome!! Professional, knowledgable and they enjoyed sharing the secrets of the spirits haunting the Holy City. A must do!!”