Alleys and Hidden Passages Walking Tour

Why We Love This

  • Read hidden messages on wrought iron gates
  • Discover a part of history not accessible by boat or carriage

Lowcountry Walking Tours

Walk down many “hidden” alleys and find yourself walking through cobblestone, brick and stone pathways, while learning about the secret and, now illegal, trade practices.

What You'll Do

In Charleston, it has often been said that a man who lives in an alley can still be respected. After going on this tour, one would be hard hard-pressed to disagree. Your guide, a former history teacher, leads you through narrow passages and gathers everyone with enthusiasm as he describes the grounds that George Washington once stood centuries before and urges you to snap pictures outside former quarters that housed soldiers during the Revolutionary War. You may have the opportunity to walk through a street once known as “Cow Alley,” since renamed, “Philadelphia Alley,” in honor of William Johnson, and you may wander into “Pirate’s Courtyard” which was used for the trading of smuggled goods. After going on this journey, you will often find yourself looking at wrought iron gates and comparing it to the one's you saw along "Stoll's Alley." Rehabilitation is alive and well in Charleston. Don't miss out.

Age & Fitness

All ages welcome.

Meeting Location

122 East Bay Street, North side of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

When To Arrive

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early.


Multiple parking garages in the area.

Food & Drinks

Feel free to bring a nonalcoholic beverage of your choice.

Cancellations & Refunds

Cancellations and full refunds will be allowed until 24 hours prior to activity or rental pick-up/delivery. If you need to cancel or are requesting a refund, please contact the provider directly using contact information received upon order confirmation.

"Learned A Ton"

July 8, 2015 - 

This tour was awesome. At first, I had no idea what to expect but wanted to try something different and loved it. I would totally recommend this tour to anyone that is interested in history and culture.

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