Visitor Information, Charleston City Market
Brief Overview of City Market Area
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There are many facets to a Charleston SC vacation and many varied attractions, from the harbor to the inland plantations. But the hub of activity - and a natural starting point for your visit - is Charleston's Historic Market area.
The Market has been a central part of life in Charleston for over 200 years. The Greek Revival-style Market Hall building facing Meeting Street was completed in 1841, and today houses the Daughters of the Confederacy Museum. Behind it, vendor's sheds stretch all the way to East Bay Street, and are populated by over 100 vendors.
As you make your way through Charleston's Historic Market you will rub shoulders - literally - with locals, vendors and tourists from all over. Within the Market you will find an incredible diversity of clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, food items, artwork, and crafts of all kinds - including the Low Country's famous sweetgrass baskets. And you'll experience an energy and vitality that will challenge that slow, laid-back southern stereotype.
Vendors are open for business every day from the early morning hours until 6pm, and are open later on the weekends. Convenient and inexpensive parking is located nearby, as indicated on this parking garage map.
Take a leisurely carriage ride down Charleston's main drags and back streets. Learn about Charleston's history and culture as you soak in the historic architecture and tranquil gardens. Carriage tours start and end right in the Market area.
The historic Charleston City Market is a must see for visitors to Charleston, SC. It is a place to start your visit and a perfect meeting spot while in town. Celebrate Charleston's contributions to art, history and culture, from the 17th century to the modern day.
Getting to Charleston
Unlike many of America's historic Colonial towns (ever been to Boston?) getting to and around Charleston is fairly straightforward.
Interstate 26 is the main highway serving Charleston. It terminates at Meeting Street, which is the main drive into town that leads you to the Historic Market area.
Charleston Visitors Center
The Charleston Visitors Center is always a good place to drop by when in Charleston before or after your visit to the Historic Charleston City Market. At the Visitors Center you can view a video presentation, “Forever Charleston,” that will serve as your introduction to the city. Also, you will find tons of information on activities of all kinds."
Hours: (Mar.-Oct.) 8:30-5:30; (Nov.-Feb.) 8:30-5:00
Address: 375 Meeting St.
Phone: (843) 853-8000 or toll-free (800) 868-8118