Middleton Place, Charleston

4.4
#3 of 51 in Historic Sites in Coastal South Carolina
Garden Historic Site
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. To visit Middleton Place on your holiday in Charleston, and find out what else Charleston has to offer, use our Charleston travel itinerary planner.
Create an itinerary including Middleton Place
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
3,245 reviews
Google
4.5
  • Wonderful tour of grounds, house and slavery quarterl. ended the day with lunch at resturant and had the best shrimp and grits I have eaten in the low country. the grounds were breathtaking and the ro...  more »
  • The gardens are well maintained and a joy to stroll through. The house tour as well as the various educational exhibits, including those of slave quarters, a barrel maker, and a blacksmith, are very i...  more »
  • We researched several of the plantation tours in the Charleston area and Middleton Place had the best reviews and we were not disappointed. The staff is very professional and friendly (most are volunt...  more »
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Charleston

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Charleston

Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Charleston by other users

3 days in Charleston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in South Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in South Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Charleston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Charleston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Charleston & Hilton Head BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Coastal South Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Charleston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in South Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM GERMANY October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans