Middleton Place, Charleston

Middleton Place once housed several generations of the Middleton family, including Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Now the plantation, which was built in 1755, has been named a National Historic Landmark and serves as a museum. Perhaps most impressively, the plantation is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America, where the staff takes care to ensure that there is always something in bloom year round. Enjoy U.S. history amid these tranquil gardens. Take a tour of the house, get a glimpse of colonial life by visiting the stable yards, or ask about guided kayak tours or horseback riding to see the grounds from a different angle. Plan to visit Middleton Place and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Charleston attractions using our Charleston travel planner.
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  • We were torn between this and other plantation tours, but glad that we chose Middleton Place. We did not do any of the add-on tours, but it was well worth it. Don't miss the 1000 year old live oak, an...  more »
  • As others have said, there are extra fees on top of the general admission in order to get tours of the house and gardens but we felt it was worth it. The tour guide for the house was VERY knowledgeabl...  more »
  • The massive grounds are quite lovely and very well maintained. I particularly enjoyed the free roaming livestock and stable area. The main and only House (to visit) is actually smaller than I thought ...  more »
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  • It's a bit pricey if you want the full historical house tour and carriage experience on top of the entry fee. A lot is included with the entry fee and you could be very happy with just that at this location. Make sure to ask questions. I liked the carriage tour because I love horses, but otherwise you could leave this part out. The house tour has great historical information and items throughout. If you are only looking for historical info, the other presentations available within the entry fee will provide a lot of that for you about the plantation. The garden tour could be self guided which is beautiful at every part or you could choose to follow a guide at the top of each hour for some assistance for free.
  • Such a wonderful experience from both a historical and natural perspective. Highly recommend the restaurant located within the heart of the grounds. Be prepared to walk, so bring cumfy attire.
  • We are members here and love our family pass. Great place to take friends and relax for the day. Excellent buffet at the Restaurant. Great garden and home tour, and wagon ride. Very peaceful and beautiful!
  • A very well preserved historic landmark for tourists and locals alike. Come here to take a look back in time and admire the tenacity of the slaves that built this place up. You can get lost in the many secret gardens and enjoy the ponds. There's a museum, a restaurant and a souvenir shop. Make sure you make a stop to visit the sugar cane mill, the water buffaloes, the guinea hogs, the cows and the horses. It makes for a very pleasant visit with children. There's also a hotel in the property but you don't need to stay at the hotel to access the plantation fields. You've got to walk around to get to most places since there's no transportation within. Great place!
  • Middleton Place is one of the most beautiful areas to get married in the Charleston area. Incredible gardens and a rich history make a must. Incredibly professional staff.

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