Nathaniel Russell House, Charleston

Experience all the grandeur of the city that was once among the most prosperous in the Western Hemisphere at Nathaniel Russell House. In the early 19th century, Charleston was a bustling trade hub, and the place where the merchant Nathaniel Russell made his fortune. His house is a masterfully restored gem of neoclassical, Adamesque architecture. Take in the lavish period decorations and furniture, hand-picked to best represent the original splendor of this historic house. Admire the famous three-story, floating spiral staircase--a masterpiece of interior design, even by today’s standards. Guided tours are available, but bear in mind that taking photos inside the house is not permitted. Using our international travel planner, Charleston attractions like Nathaniel Russell House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Our guide was amazing in relaying all the facts and history of the home. It's a jewel in Charleston's crown and not to be missed.  more »
  • This house is very nice. The tour was very informative and interesting. The rooms that we saw were amazing. Packed with history. The staircase is gorgeous. They are revealing the quarters upstairs whe...  more »
  • What we were able to see of the house was amazing! There were only two floors open as well as a couple of rooms. The house is currently being renovated, they are trying to bring it back to how it look...  more »
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  • This is our favorite home we've toured so far! The guides were exceptionally personable and down to earth. They shared in great detail what had gone into restoring the home which is a process that continues to this day. The home is uncluttered such that you can enjoy the beautiful architectural uniqueness that it holds. The staircase is absolutely breathtaking! It was also fun to sit and enjoy the gardens.
  • This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Charleston. We were unsure what to expect (I had no clue at all, as my wife bought tickets and only said we were going to some house tour). The docent was clearly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the whole place. We learned a lot about early Charleston history, architecture, and decor. Highly recommended if you are into this sort of thing. Leave the teenagers at the hotel pool. They won't dig it as much.
  • Definitely a must see home if you are visiting houses in downtown Charleston. Built by one of the wealthiest men in Charleston at the time.....early 1800's. It is truly a time capsule for how the wealthy lived in that era. Since the house is on the National Historical Landmark the staff is very informed about the home, and are very happy to answer questions about the house. It is located towards the end of Meeting Street which makes the home is to find, and around other attractions.
  • Guided tour of the house. The house has been refurbished to what it would have looked like. Very interesting history. A great look at Charleston history. Pair with the Aiken Rhett house tour for a discount.
  • The garden and the house was beautiful...it was really nice to see the tour guide be passionate about their jobs. They were very knowledgeable, so polite, and made everyone feel welcome. Plus, they always included every member of the tour group. Only down fall to this beautiful house was the owner made a lot of his wealth off of the slavery trade. Kind of sad history to know how some of the historical people in the city made their wealth. Very good price, especially if you get the 2 house package which includes the Aiken-Rhett home 30 minutes north. Spend a day in downtown, you'll enjoy the history.

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