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Drayton Hall
Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall

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50 Reviews
3380 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, South Carolina, 29414

The Basics

Drayton Hall is the earliest (and possibly the finest) example of Palladian architecture in the U.S.. Exhibits tell the stories of the family who built and lived in the house as well as the enslaved people who worked on the plantation and the area’s Native Americans.

Take a guided house tour (included with the price of admission), learn about the work archeologists are doing to uncover the undocumented lives of many of the people who lived and worked on the estate, and spend time on the grounds, which extend all the way to the Ashley River.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Charleston

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Plantation memories
Tom_C, Apr 2021
Drayton Hall Plantation Admission Ticket in Charleston
The narrator, the feeling of being there years ago, cleanliness of the facilities, and the ability to move around at your own pace.
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Refreshing and the feeling of the basic understanding of the estate
Ron_S, Sep 2021
Drayton Hall Admission Ticket with Interpreter-Guided Tour
We appreciate the breath of coverage and the depth of knowledge. The rain slowed us down but there was no crowds so we love the freedom to go when we wanted to. And freely ask questions do the guides Who had a in-depth knowledge of all. Well done.
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We really loved our driver, Mudge. He went over & beyond. However, the food/beverage situation needs improvement
Brandy_H, Jul 2021
Private Half Day Tour of Middleton Place & Drayton Hall Tour including Box Lunch
Most memorable- the driver (Mudge) Opinion: when offering a lunch box, we would recommend the food be fresh. We were picked up at 9:30am, & our driver already had the food in the front seat in a paper bag. We had just had breakfast, & had planned on eating the food for lunch (noon). But with it being in a paper bag & not kept cold… we did not get to enjoy it. The water in the cooler had no ice; therefore it was hot.
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Nice short tour
Cathy_R, Jul 2021
Drayton Hall Plantation Admission Ticket in Charleston
It was a great plantation to visit. Come early or late evening it was very hot. You can go into basement and 1st floor only. I wish you could view 2nd floor. It would be nice if they had pictures that showed what house looked like in each room. Beautiful land that takes you to the river.
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Beautiful and serene.
Nick_P, Apr 2021
Drayton Hall Plantation Admission Ticket in Charleston
The beautiful trees on the Ashley River. Standing on the banks of the river looking at the beautiful house and trees was breathtaking.
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Great Learning Experience!
Trent_S, Apr 2021
Drayton Hall Plantation Admission Ticket in Charleston
Being able to see the living conditions of the workers and the amazing condition of the home. The audio presentation was well done and easy to understand.
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A delightful day learning important history.
Jeanne L, Oct 2019
Drayton Hall Plantation Admission Ticket in Charleston
Myself and 3 friends enjoyed the docent-led tour of Drayton Hall and the Port to Plantation lecture and slide show. We were impressed with our docent - a young history grad who knew her material and delivered it in a polished yet friendly manner. The slide lecturer was learned and did not shrink from telling the story of slavery in all its profit-mongering detail. Everyone should hear it.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The entry fee includes access to the grounds and the Gates Gallery as well as educational activities, so make sure to leave a few hours to explore.

  • There is on-site café, located in the Sally Reahard Visitor Center.

  • Guided house tours typically last about 40 minutes, and it takes about an hour to explore the exhibition spaces.

  • Families should stop by the museum shop before the house tour to pick up an I Spy kids game that will make the experience more fun for little ones.

  • Drayton Hall's garden, exhibits, and trails are handicap accessible, though house tours are not.

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How to Get There

Most visitors drive to Drayton Hall, which is about 13 miles (21 kilometers) from downtown Charleston. Take US-17 to SC-61, then turn right through the white gates onto Magnolia Ferry Road, and Drayton Hall will be straight ahead.

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When to Get There

Drayton Hall is open every day except for major holidays. Charleston area traffic can impact drive time, so plan to leave a little extra time to find parking and check in for your tour.

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Learning About Archaeology at Drayton Hall

If you are curious about archaeological preservation, visit during one of Drayton Hall’s monthly archaeology demonstrations. Hosted in Hill Hall on the second Thursday of the month, these events allow you to explore an active archaeological site and see the objects uncovered through the diligent work of the staff archaeologists. Demonstrations are included in the hall’s admission price.

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