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 stayed at the Middleton Inn so we had access to the gardens even after the tours ended. I loved the gardens and the home tour was very informative. I wish we would have had more time here.  more »
  • We have visited Middleton Place three times. The gardens are so pretty. There are staff in costume to make you feel like you stepped back in time. A must see!  more »
  • We spent hours walking through the ground, and the house tour is a must. The highlight of our trip was Doug the Cooper. He was so passionate about the history of the plantation and his craft. He was o...  more »
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  • I went here for a wedding and it was absolutely gorgeous! The area was clean and the gardens well taken care of. Even in the heat of August in South Carolina everything was setup and done perfectly. The pre-reception bar area we went to was down by the lake, which had near by bathrooms (I wish they had air conditioning though instead of a window fan) and the catering staff pleasant enough. They have one golf cart that comes and picks up guests but the walk to the dinner/reception hall wasn't far. There are many great trees to look at on the way there. The hall was pretty enough and roomy so our party didn't feel tight. All in all I believe it's a great place to have a wedding.
  • Wonderful plantation to visit. The gardens were really well kept and there’s a lot of breathtaking views. The staff is so warm and very knowledgeable. We met the blacksmith, the potter and the woodworker. All wonderful people! We enjoyed our visit despite the rain. I would definitely recommend to a friend!!
  • Look for the events where they have people representing the time period. So neat to see a real blacksmith, Baker, weaver, etc. Tours are done by great volunteers. Bring a picnic, wonderful shade trees to dine under. We've stayed at the inn before (amazing ans surprisingly modern) and have done a horseback tour of the plantation, kayaked the Ashley River , and dined at the restaurant.
  • Middleton is really amazing! The views are unbelievable! It's such a truly wonderful place to visit. The artisans make it an educational experience. The history of the place is very interesting. My favorite is the spot where the filmed The Patriot. Really incredible!!!
  • Lived in the Charleston area for 6 years and never visited this place. Have hit most of the other plantations in the area. All were great, but Middleton is in a step above. The grounds, buildings and staff are all first class. Located off Ashley River Road and the Ashley River, it is stunning. There is plenty to see and do, so you can spend a good part of the day touring. Ate lunch at the restaurant and was pleased. Prices are reasonable and the service professional and not pushy. Great place to spend some time!

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