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Charleston, South Carolina


Gateway to the Carolinas

Visit Charleston


Charleston is one of the South’s prettiest towns, located on a peninsula between two rivers. Originally named after Charles II, the city was founded in 1670 before becoming a wealthy colony for the tobacco, rice and indigo trades. It’s these riches that still shine through today in grand period architecture.

All this has made Charleston something of a time capsule. Whether it’s Georgian townhouses, antebellum mansions or neoclassical flourishes, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’d stepped back into the 18th century. Take a stroll along the Gateway Walk, a garden path that will bring you between the city’s finest churches, before turning out to the surrounding plantations. Here, weeping willows bend over long gravel drives, delicate gardens make for delightful strolls and grand houses whisk you back to yesteryear.

You’ll even be able to stand where the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter, a 19th century pentagon island in the city’s harbour. But Charleston’s more shameful past is memorialised too, in the superb Charleston Museum and the unnerving Old Slave Mart. There’s even the Provost Dungeon, a real life pirate prison. And the best way to see it all? A horse and carriage tour, of course, as you play the role of the landed gentry.

You’ll also want to linger longer for the city’s unique geography, formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers running into the Atlantic. This dynamism has formed a collection of idyllic beaches – ideal for everything from sandcastles to surfing. Perhaps take to the water in an 84-foot tall ship schooner to explore Charleston’s coastal islands, divided by arterial waterways.  


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Top itineraries in Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina, USA historic downtown cityscape

Luxury Charleston & Coast

12-day tailor-made itinerary from £4,230 pp incl. flights

From city sights to sun-kissed islands, discover the highlights of the South Carolina coast, where antebellum mansions, historic plantations and neoclassical architecture contrast with a sublime natural world.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Best of the Carolinas & Georgia

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,085 pp incl. flights

From atmospheric mountains to pristine beaches, discover a region off the beaten track where incredible natural beauty and vibrant cities set the scene for an unforgettable road trip.

Palmetto Bluff

Luxury Deep South and Florida

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £11,345 pp incl. flights

Showcase everything historic cities to island retreats on this coastal road trip, complete with luxury stays and private touring. Enjoy Southern lunches, spot nesting turtles and tour Miami's Art-Deco delights. It's the perfect introduction to South Carolina, Georgia and Florid

Top places to stay in Charleston

Stylish bedroom at Charleston Place, Charleston USA

Charleston Place

Traditional hotel

Walking through the hotel’s wrought-iron gates, past its fountain and into its lobby – dominated by its twin staircases – you’ll be forgiven for thinking that, just like the rest of the city, the clock has been turned back.

Charleston articles

Charleston, South Carolina, USA historic downtown cityscape

Charming Charleston

There is something special, something alluring about Charleston, South Carolina. Perhaps it’s the 18th-century grandeur, the garden-lined charm of its antebellum houses or its spectacular surrounds of white-sand beaches and pristine barrier islands. It really is three destinations in one.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA at the historic homes on The Battery

British Airways announces new route to Charleston

British Airways has announced direct, non-stop flights between South Carolina and London, commencing spring 2019.

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