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Edmondston-Alston House
Edmondston-Alston House

Edmondston-Alston House

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21 E Battery, Charleston, South Carolina, 29401

The Basics

Experience a bit of Charleston history (and lovely waterfront vistas) by stopping at the Edmondston-Alston House. See Civil War-era relics, including an original Ordinance of Secession document; book a tour to learn about the house’s architectural details; and admire the home’s decorative objects and furniture. Some Charleston walking tours include admission to the Edmondston-Alston House with a guide to offer stories along the way.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Charleston

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Great tour
Marie_J, Aug 2021
Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission
Very informative!! Guide was professional, knowledgeable and friendly! The houses are amazing! White Point Garden at the battery is awesome.
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Excellent tour
MARYJO_D, Apr 2021
Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission
Todd is a fantastic guide - So knowledgeable and fun!!! After spending 5 days filled with tours and tour guides - Todd was by far the best!!!
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Great tour
ac123452, Oct 2019
Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission
Todd our guide was terrific. His love of history for the Middleton family and Charleston made for an enlightening. I would highly recommend this tour

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Architecture fans will appreciate the house’s federal and Greek-revival details.

  • The best way to explore the museum is on a guided tour, which is included when you pre-book admission online.

  • A combination ticket to the Edmondston-Alston House and Middleton Place offers a great value for history buffs.

  • Travelers report that tours are not wheelchair accessible, and strollers are not permitted.

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How to Get There

Conveniently located in Charleston's city center, across from Charleston Harbor, the Edmondston-Alston House is easiest to reach by car. Take US-17, and head south on East Bay Street. Alternatively, you can take the Charleston Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH), which stops near the museum, on Broad Street.

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When to Get There

The Edmondston-Alston House is open daily, but hours vary. The best way to experience the museum is on a 30-minute guided tour, so check the schedule when planning a visit. Weekends and holidays are the most crowded. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Fine Art in Appleton

After visiting the Edmondston-Alston House, stop by Middleton Place, one of Charlston’s top attractions. Don't miss the landscaped gardens, stables, and museum at this historic plantation located about a 30-minute drive from the Edmondston-Alston House. Visitors can get a great value by booking a combination ticket to both attractions or pre-booking general admission and a tour.

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