Middleton Place
Middleton Place
4.5
Historic SitesPoints of Interest & LandmarksGardens
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Middleton Place National Historic Landmark is home to America’s oldest and most important landscaped gardens. Began in 1741, the historic site today encompasses 110 acres including the Gardens, House Museum, Stableyards, and Eliza’s House. Together they tell the inclusive history of all who lived, worked, and died here. The stories of the Middleton family including two Founding Fathers and generations of enslaved people are interwoven throughout the property. Visitors have opportunities to experience those stories with both guided or self-guided tours.
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  • Palangala R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place
    Wonderful place to visit and also stay at. The gardens and other outdoor areas are a pleasure to walk through. The Inn has spacious rooms, good breakfast and friendly stuff. It is also a good place to learn about the history of plantation life in Charleston.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Polina Z
    Cascade Locks, Oregon13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional
    Exceptional! Please plan to spend at least 4 hours there. The gardens are stunning, beautiful and very quiet. I wish we would have more time there. Got to see new born piglets, our kids were ecstatic.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 21 April 2023
  • Sara V
    South Dakota3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful grounds, interesting history.
    The grounds of Middleton are meticulous. Interesting history in the house tour. The grounds also have numerous alligators. The salad at the restaurant as fresh and delicious. The plantation also has a gift shop and garden center.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2023
  • StigJim
    Alliance, Ohio551 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s All About the Gardens and Out Buildings
    We clearly did not leave enough time, because you could easily spend an entire day seeing the gardens and visiting the stables and so on. Suffice it to say that the grounds are beautiful and well maintained. As other reviewers have noted, there are plenty of animals about, including quite a lot of alligators. In fact, we found the causeway to the mill guarded by one; that was one building we didn’t visit… The house tour, really just one flank of the original house, was informative and exhibited a number of artifacts that you certainly don’t see every day. The gardens are the real drawing card, so if I were to return, I probably wouldn’t do the house tour.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Jeanne M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of preserved history!
    We really enjoyed touring this historic plantation and having lunch on their outdoor patio overlooking the water. The staff was. very informative when we toured the home and the outer buildings were very interesting also. Would definitely recommend Middleton Place as a must visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Monica D
    Nashua, New Hampshire22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty grounds and lots of history
    What a beautiful place this is. So interesting to learn about the history. There are people in various spots around the property who share historical facts. Everyone we spoke with was so friendly. We also had a chance to get a small bite to eat at the restaurant on the property. Beautiful decor and setting and the food was delicious. We shared fried green tomatoes and a piece of pecan pie and iced tea. It was quite a lovely visit. Also really enjoyed the animals including recently (2-4 weeks) born lambs.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Cole H
    1 contribution
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    Get your tour from Lou!
    We took a tour of the gardens while we were at Middleton and our tour guide, Lou, was absolutely amazing. He really knew his stuff. He was personable and friendly. I’ve been on a lot of guided tours before, but Lou was one of the best tour guides we’ve ever had! If you go to see the gardens of Middleton, try to get a tour from Lou, you won’t be disappointed!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Matt B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Got our money’s worth
    This was worth it. From our shuttle driver Wayne (a heck of a tour guide himself!) to the grounds and the volunteers who gave us the tour this was really well organized and informative. Lunch was a nice surprise, food was excellent. Plenty of time to walk the grounds on our own. Saw a few gators too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Imma P
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    Beautiful visit - Mr. Bruce Georgi and history of slavery part of the tour
    We Visited Middleton Place with our two children 13 and 10 and the highlight of our visit was the time spent with Mr. Bruce Georgi. We learnt so much.The almost hour spent with him gave us so much detail, history perspective on the history of slavery in the US. He is so knowledgeable and did not hesitate to answer all the questions my children had even after the tour time finished. Thank you so much Mr Bruce!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • OneHappyCouple2007
    460 contributions
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    Walking through History
    After looking at all the reviews online, I actually found a better deal by going to the Drayton Hall website where I was able to find a combo tour of both Middleton Place and Drayton Hall at a 25% discount. So, after picking our day we showed up to a near empty Middleton Place. Staff were very friendly and eager to answer any questions we had. Middleton Place offers several guided tours that are free of charge. The house was not open on Monday so we just enjoyed all the gardens and history. After taking all of Middleton Place in, we headed down the road 5 miles to see what Drayton Hall had to offer. Even though Drayton is much smaller, you get to what the house looked like back in 1784. Charles Drayton did a great job of keeping notes in his diary, which allows us now to look back in history. Just so you are aware, if you plan to visit, it will easily take you around 5 hours to see both venues (and that is without getting lunch) so plan ahead. We truly enjoyed visiting both Middleton Place and Drayton Hall and hope to incorporate some of their beautiful garden themes at our own home. ;o)
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
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Apr 2024 • Friends
The best part of our visit to Middleton Place was the Beyond Slavery presentation. Gary did a great job of presenting the plantation's role in slavery in a factual and unbiased manner. The lady introducing the house tour was extremely helpful. The docents in the house were friendly and informative.
Written 16 April 2024
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ycarney
Vero Beach, FL390 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
I cannot say enough about these gardens. We toured the gardens and grounds on our own, and although we spent hours there, I'm sure there was lots we didn't get to see. The place is absolutely magnificent. Just walking around makes you feel at peace and totally as one with nature. There were birds and alligators, not to mention the incredible trees and foliage. They do such an incredible job maintaining the miles of paths and walkways. We also had the opportunity to be among sheep, and actually could touch the since they walked among us in another area of the gardens. What a wonderful experience which I would recommend to anyone whether you are alone or with friends or family. A must see.
Written 11 April 2024
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA35,819 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Couples
We decided to go to Middleton Place and spend the whole day there. We loved Charleston so much that we will possibly return next year and include Magnolia Plantation and Drayton Hall.

We were at the entrance at 11AM, bought the tickets using the AAA discount, and were right in time for the Gardens overview tour (duration 30 minutes). The weather was stunning and the Gardens looked magnificent: bright colors of blooming azaleas, magnolias and camelias on the background of huge live oaks covered with Spanish moss was something that deserves the paintbrush of of Claude Monet. And the geometrical ponds of the typical French garden, little bridges, camelia alleys… heaven! Since the time the Middleton place was built and up to now it has belonged to the same family: the Middletons, who had become not very rich after the abolition of slavery and yet they managed to keep the ownership of this huge plantation.

Our next thirty minutes tour was “Meet the Plantation Animals”. There are horses (real war horses!), one mule, two young water buffalos, two Guersney cows, sheep, rabbits, chickens, goats and very friendly pig, Rocky. I loved them all! These are the same breeds of farm animals as the plantation used to own back in the 19th century. Also, we were lucky to spot many birds and animals in Middleton Place: two alligators decided to get out of the water and bask in the sun. Then three big turtles did the same and happily posed for pictures. We also noticed a flock of big cormorants.

For lunch we went to the Middleton Plsce restaurant. We shared a bowl of She-crab soup (not even close to the one we had at the Olde Pink House in Savannah) and a cheeseburger, which was excellent. Overall, very enjoyable meal.

We finished our lunch right in time for our last tour: The Slaves and The Fields. The guide told us about the slave trade the prices for each type of the slaves (skilled workers were the most expensive, and about exhausting work in the rice fields and the grim consequences of it. Very interesting forty minutes overview.

All these tours are included in the price of the ticket but for the House a separate ticket is required.

We still had an hour left to spend in this spectacular place and were almost the last to leave.

Middleton plantation is not to be missed, if you are in Charleston.

We had a fabulous day!
Written 2 April 2024
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Wendelin M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The historic presentation "Beyond the Fields - Enslavement at Middleton Place" to us seems to be a "Must-listen-to" and should definitely stay as an important part of the program at Middleton Place. And this is why:

1. It made us reflect about our own both conscious and unconscious biases.
2. It made us aware of slavery as a system from which a large part of the white population benefitted in many different ways.
3. It also made us aware of the fact that the fundaments of (white people's) material wealth and most of the infrastructure, buildings, farms, and all kinds of services were built or provided by enslaved people.
4. Our guide Jerry very successfully connected us to the topic of slavery in an existential way without conveying a sense of guilt.
5. As visitors from Germany - the country whose people mass-murdered the jews and other minorities - we perceived especially the (both physical and non-physical) atrocities committed by slave-traders, masters and the like as just another example for the very dark side of mankind.

We wish you lasting success with keeping the memory of slavery alive!

Wendelin
from Kronberg / Germany
Written 30 March 2024
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advcards
Reno, NV3,640 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Prices started at thirty four dollars for a ticket. Property was nice. They have a restaurant, restrooms and gift shop.
Written 28 March 2024
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James R
Bluffton, SC33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Fantastic place,probably the prettiest and most extensive property that we have visited.Flowers are amazing,tours are very insightful.A must visit when in the Charleston area.
Written 26 March 2024
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Susan L
Durham, NC460 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
Simply beautiful! We went in mid-March and the camilias were still in bloom and the azaleas had just started to come out. Gorgeous! We didn't get the 'combo' tickets for the gardens and house because the "house" was destroyed and so the building you go into is a small outer building that survived.

We spent about 2 hours at the site and we did take advantage of the garden overview tour which was free and lasted about 30 mins.
Written 15 March 2024
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lanabbott
Pembroke, Canada194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Wow, this plantation is absolutely beautiful. Well worth the trip. The gardens are so well maintained and the addition of the animals is nice for kids.
We even saw a few alligators.
Written 14 March 2024
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Amy L
Minnetonka, MN16 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Family
I really enjoyed this spot. Beautiful scenery and flowers weren't all out yet, but the greenery, live oaks, turtles and gators and the river as the backdrop were outstanding. highly recommend the 40 min story telling of the enslaved at the plantation. Our presenter was so well spoken, it was very moving. The restaurant on site is fantastic!
Written 10 March 2024
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Canapinya
Montreal, Canada132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We only had the day to visit Charleston and as usual I planned in advance, squeezing in as much as I could. The reviews I read said you only need a couple of hours and that would be sufficient but that is not true if you really appreciate all the place has to offer, not to mention, to get the most out of the entrance fee ;) this place could easily take the day to visit if you want to take advantage of the multiple tours included + the tour of the house (+$). As no pictures are allowed in the house, you need time to read everything and ask questions of the helpful staff. The house itself is not what was the main house originally three-stories high but is now in ruins, so you are visiting a building beside that was part of the great residence. The grounds are vast and well kept. You can walk around the gardens and feel like you went back in time. Watch out for gators as we were surprised to find one near the water pf the large pond beside the butterfly pools. The staff is super helpful and friendly directing you from one point of interest to another. Plan your visit in advance so you make the most of it and don’t miss anything. Check out their website for the different activities.
Written 10 March 2024
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