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Middleton Place All-Access Admission / Self Guided Tour & Lunch from Charleston

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From $120.90

229 reviews   (4.71)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 5 hours

Departs: Charleston, Charleston

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

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Explore historic Middleton Place on this all-inclusive 5-hour excursion from downtown Charleston, SC. Home to two of America's Founding Fathers and boasting the oldest landscaped gardens in the country, Middleton Place is a must-see for those seeking to be immersed in American history and culture. 

This exclusive tour includes round-trip transportation from Charleston aboard a luxury, air-conditioned motorcoach. Enjoy scenic views through the plantation's Gardens; a Narrated 45-min House Museum Tour; and self-guided tours through the Plantation Chapel, Butterfly Lakes, Plantation Stable Yards, Eliza's House, and the Museum Shop & Garden Market. Don't forget the Low Country lunch at Middleton Place Restaurant. Selection includes she crab soup, shrimp & grits, fried chicken, pulled pork, sides or a salad, and dessert. Guarantee your seat on this popular luxury tour to Middleton Place by booking today.

What's Included

A short, introductory video at the beginning of your tour

Access to the Museum Shop & Garden Market

Access to the Plantation Stable Yards featuring Water Buffalo, Gulf Coast Sheep, Guinea hogs, Dominique Chickens and Cashmere Goats

Complimentary bottle of water

Luxury transportation aboard an air-conditioned bus with included power outlets

Middleton Place All-Access Admission & Guided Tour with Lunch from Charleston

Narrated 45-minute House Museum Tour

Professional Driver/Guide

Self-Guided Tour of Eliza's House

Self-Guided Tour of the Gardens & Grounds

Self-Guided Tour of the Plantation Chapel

Three-course Low Country Lunch at Middleton Place Restaurant included

What's Not Included

Alcoholic drinks (available for purchase at Lunch)


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 6 - 64

Additional Info

  • Air filters on the bus are replaced every week, bus tours operate at half capacity to allow for social distancing between groups.
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guests are encouraged to follow the provided itinerary on their date of travel, however are free to explore the property as they please (NOTE: Lunch and House Museum Tour times are fixed times and cannot be rescheduled)
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please plan to arrive 15-30 minutes prior to your reserved departure time to allow for check-in and boarding.
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is required
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guests will receive a guide and itinerary for their selected tour on the date of travel
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required. Shuttles are collapsible-wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations. Collapsible wheelchairs with r
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

All sales are final. No refund is available for cancellations.

  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Middleton Place
Two of America’s Founding Fathers called Middleton Place home: Henry Middleton, a president of the First Continental Congress, and son Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Now a National Historic Landmark, it is home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens; a House Museum filled with Middleton possessions; Plantation Stable Yards with heritage breeds; and Eliza’s House, a freedman’s dwelling that serves as the centerpiece of Middleton Place’s interpretation of the lives of the enslaved people who built the property.

Sit back and relax on a luxury, air-conditioned motorcoach as you enjoy a short video provided by the Middleton Place Foundation on your way to the plantation. Upon arrival to Middleton Place, you will have the opportunity to explore all of the historic sites on this 65-acre plantation such as the House Museum, Gardens, Plantation Chapel, Parterre, Plantation Stable Yards, and Eliza's House. 

Enjoy a three-course Low Country Lunch at the Middleton Place Restaurant  during your visit. Inspired by the recipes and spirit of former resident chef and renowned southern chef Edna Lewis, The Middleton Place Restaurant offers traditional Low Country favorites made from fresh, local, organic ingredients, harvested from the on-site organic farm and gardens. Lunch options include she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, collard greens, and dessert. 

9:15am Morning Departure Itinerary

9:15am - Tours depart at 9:15am from the Charleston Visitor's Center

10:00am - Arrival to Middleton Place, 30-minute Self-Guided Tour of the Gardens & Grounds

10:30am - Narrated 45-minute House Museum Tour

11:15am - Restroom break, Self-Guided Tours of Plantation Chapel, Parterre, and the Butterfly Lakes

11:30am - Three-Course Low Country Lunch at the Middleton Place Restaurant 

12:30pm - Self-Guided Tour of Eliza's House and the Plantation Stable Yards

1:30pm - Return to parking adjacent to Museum Shop & Garden Market

1:45pm - Departure from Middleton Place

2:30pm - Approximate arrival to Charleston Visitor's Center

12:15pm Afternoon Departure Itinerary

12:15pm - Tours depart at 12:15pm from the Charleston Visitor's Center

12:45pm - Arrival to Middleton Place, travelers head directly to Middleton Place Restaurant for Lunch

1:00p - Three-Course Low Country Lunch at the Middleton Place Restaurant

2:30pm - Narrated 45-minute House Museum Tour

3:15pm - Self-Guided Tours of the Gardens, Plantation Chapel, Parterre, and the Butterfly Lakes

3:45pm - Self-Guided Tour of Eliza's House and the Plantation Stable Yards 

4:30pm - Return to parking adjacent to Museum Shop & Garden Market

4:45pm - Departure from Middleton Place

5:30pm - Approximate arrival to Charleston Visitor's Center

5 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Middleton Place Equestrian Center
Access to the Middleton Place Stable Yards featuring Water Buffalo, Gulf Coast Sheep, Guinea hogs, Dominique Chickens and Cashmere Goats

• Admission Ticket Free

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Pass by entrance to Magnolia Plantation on way to Middleton Place.

• Admission Ticket Free


Charleston Xmas Trip
davidpG214IA, 21-12-2022
Middleton is a great place to visit. The history of the Middletons was very interesting.
Lunch was very good! Neal our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Charleston and South Carolina.
Early fall vacation
nancyfY2476NR, 10-11-2022
Wonderful tour. Wayne our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Would recommend adding more time to walk the grounds. Lots of history tied to this plantation.
A wonderful Experience.
Deann_C, 19-10-2022
The entire day was enjoyable. The included lunch was a nice touch. The driver was quite knowledgeable and even went the extra mile to see to our needs. The grounds are breathtaking.
A good, but not complete historical tour and perspective
Ucla90alum, 31-12-2022
Our van driver Neal was a wealth of information on not just what to expect on the tour, but on the history, dining and hotels in Charleston. We learned a ton from Neal. He was very personable, enthusiastic, and more than willing to help. The Middleton house/museum tour was steeped in American south history and intrigue but was nearly 100% from the Middleton's perspective and hardly any from the African slave's point of view, the very same African slaves who actually built and ran Middleton Planation in its hay day. I think this is too bad. To the tour's credit, there were some mention and artifacts from before and after the slaves were freed, just not enough and skewed too much to the white Middleton's story.
An pleasant half-day excursion but it would be more beautiful if flowers were in bloom
Dedgehog, 08-12-2022
Pineapple Tour’s part is driving guests there and back and making all the arrangements with Middleton Place. Outside of the two scheduled events (house museum tour and lunch), guests are on their own to wander the estate and look at the farm buildings and animals (lots of sheep!) and Eliza's house. We enjoyed our visit and the lunch but I would have liked a little more time to walk down to the butterfly lakes. Our driver, Wayne, was friendly and informative. BTW - don't forget to tip your lunch server.