Haunted Jail Tour

Why We Love This

  • Led by knowledgeable guides whose stories take you back in time
  • Visit jail cells that housed notorious criminals
  • A architectural gem

The Old City Jail opened its doors, or rather began closing them in 1802. It was in continuous operation until 1939, when it was closed with the outbreak of World War II. The jail is an architectural gem that has survived, earthquakes, fire, and the ravages of time. Most of the original building remains in tact. Home to many notorious criminals, former slaves and Civil War POWs, the jail is, according to many, the most haunted site in the South.

What You'll Do

Explore Charleston’s notorious Old City Jail. On this tour, you may hear stories of Levina and John Fisher, convicted of highway robbery and hung despite their insistence of innocence. You may meet meet Denmark Vesey, who successfully planned a slave revolt and hear about Jaque Alexander Tardy, a pirate who framed John Gibson, and was hanged despite his innocence. This tour will give you an overview in understanding the architectural history of the Old Jail and the surrounding buildings, all developed as public space in Charleston's original plan.

Age & Fitness

All ages welcome.

Meeting Location

18 Anson St. Charleston, SC 29401

When To Arrive

Please note to check in at 18 Anson St. 30 minutes in advance to pick up tickets and directions to the jail.


Free parking available at jail.

Food & Drinks

Food & drink not provided.

Cancellations & Refunds

Tickets are non-refundable but can be rescheduled if notice is given at least 24 hours beforehand. Walking tour takes place rain or shine.

"Creepy and well done "

December 31, 2018 - 

This was a really enjoyable experience. Our guide was very informative and didn’t oversell anything.

"One of the spookiest places I've ever been..."

October 13, 2017 - 

I've been a haunted house / horror film fan my whole life and when I spotted the Haunted Jail tour I knew I had to go. My whole family loved it - the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history - and it really was one of the spookiest places I've ever visited.

"Great experience "

August 10, 2017 - 

Great tour ton of history there

"Review of jail tour "

April 4, 2017 - 

We thought it was too gruesome and graphic for kids. We had an eight year old with us and decided to leave before entering the morge area Wish the description of the tour was more accurate.


March 17, 2017 - 

It was so scary and fun and interesting! I kinda wanna go again!

"Wonderful! "

January 25, 2017 - 

It was a wonderful experience

"Excellent "

January 14, 2017 - 

Tour guide was very informative

"Fun, but pricey"

December 28, 2016 - 

My wife & I have been on a few ghost tours. We enjoy the tours primarily for the history lesson we get. We enjoyed the tour with our adult children, but $100 for 45 minutes is a bit steep.

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