A visit to Middleton Place offers insight into what Southern plantation life was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. A general admission ticket includes access to the sprawling landscaped gardens and plantation stable yards, while possible add-on experiences include a 45-minute guided tour of the House Museum or an open-air carriage tour of the grounds. Those with more time can book a room at the Middleton Place Inn, which includes access to all Middleton points of interest.
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Things to Know Before You Go
This site is a must-see for history buffs.
Give yourself a minimum of two hours (and as much as a full day) to tour the estate.
The gardens are mostly accessible for wheelchair users, and the site offers disabled parking and restrooms; the House Museum is not accessible.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing for outdoor conditions.
How to Get There
Middleton Place is located about 30–40 minutes from downtown Charleston along the Ashley River and is best visited by car via Interstate 95. Parking is free of charge. For those without access to a car, it’s also possible to visit on a private tour, which usually includes round-trip transportation from Charleston.
When to Get There
While Middleton Place is open throughout the year, many visitors plan their trip based on what’s blooming in the gardens. The winter months see centuries-old camellias burst into bloom, while vibrant azaleas put on a show above Rice Mill Pond in spring. In summer, expect roses, crepe myrtles, magnolias, and kalmia—as well as high temperatures.
A Taste of the Low Country
If walking around the grounds works up an appetite, grab a table at the Middleton Place Restaurant, where the menu features Carolina Low Country favorites like she-crab soup, collard greens, shrimp and grits, and Huguenot torte.
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