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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Experience more than 300 years of history on this guided carriage tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches, and gardens as your horse-drawn carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic Charleston. Belgian and Percheron draft horses will you lead you through the streets while you learn about this “Holy City” and its role in the Civil War.
  • Narrated horse-drawn carriage tour of Charleston
  • Follow a scenic route through 30 blocks of the historic district
  • See grand antebellum homes and hear about their former owners
  • Great photo ops of gardens with beautiful wrought iron gates
  • Belgian and Percheron draft horses lead your carriage through the streets
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1-Hour Horse & Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Charleston
Belgian or Percheron Draft Horse
Certified Driver/Guide
See Charleston highlights such as historically significant homes, churches and gardens
Hear stories of the city’s role in our nation's history from your certified guide
Gratuities
14 Anson St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This horse-drawn carriage ride and tour, a journey that travels back in time to the colonial beginnings of Charleston, meets at 14 Anson Street, home of the Old South Carriage Company. Charleston, the oldest and second-largest city in South Carolina, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pre-Civil-War-era houses.

As the tour progresses, pass by the old churches, antebellum mansions and lush gardens of Charleston — more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of residential real estate. Stop outside historic homes, like the Gov. William Aiken House, the former home of South Carolina Governor William Aiken, Jr. This house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Part of the charm of the tour are the horses that pull the carriage. These are the same kinds of draft horses that worked on American farms in the early 1800s, making this voyage all the more authentic.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Old South Carriage Company
Our stable is where your tour experience will begin and end. After checking in you can say hi to our draft horses, watch an educational video, purchases a bottle of water, or use our restroom. As you board your carriage via our inclined ramp / easy loading platform, your certified tour guide will greet you.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Charleston City Market
After leaving our stable, your carriage will stop at the City gate near the Market, where a route is assigned by the City of Charleston. Our industry is governed by this system in order to disperse the carriage traffic more evenly throughout the city. Your tour will cover about 30 blocks and 300+ years of history. Though specific landmarks vary by route, all tours pass by sights that give Charleston its unique charm – custom wrought iron gates, well-manicured gardens, historic mansions with picturesque piazzas, and the many church steeples of the “Holy City.”
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note: you MUST check-in 15-minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled with out refund.
  • Carriage can transport up to 16 passengers per departure.
  • Children 3 years and under are free provided that they sit on the lap of a parent or guardian. If you want your child to have a seat, you must purchase a child seat.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Old South Carriage

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour.
Q:
Where does the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour depart from?
A:
Carriages board and depart from our stable at 14 Anson Street (one block north of the City Market). Our stable provides protection from the elements while you wait.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is parking available for the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
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There are multiple parking garages and lots near the City Market. You can also park at the Visitor’s Center and ride the free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) to the Market.
Apr 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
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You MUST check in 15-minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. Failure to do so may result in your reservation being canceled without a refund.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my young child with me on the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
Yes, children 3 years and under are free provided that they sit on the lap of a parent or guardian. If you want your child to have a seat, you must purchase a child seat.
Apr 2021
Q:
How long is the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
The carriage tour lasts approximately an hour (50-60 mins.)
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour narrated?
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Yes. Our tours are narrated by a certified guide. All of our guides who provide historic tours are required to be members of the Palmetto Guild, which indicates they have successfully passed a comprehensive examination on the history of Charleston.
Apr 2021
Q:
What will I see during the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
The tour covers about 30 blocks and 300+ years of history. Specific landmarks may vary, but all tours pass by sights including custom wrought iron gates, gardens, historic mansions with picturesque piazzas, and the church steeples of the “Holy City.”
Apr 2021
Q:
How many people does the carriage seat during the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
Our surrey-style carriages seat up to 16 passengers and our wagonette carriages seat up to 8 passengers
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring snacks/drinks with me on the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
Food is not allowed on the carriage, however, you may bring drinks with you. You can purchase bottled water at our offices before or after your tour.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring a stroller on the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
We cannot accommodate strollers on the carriage, however, you may store your stroller at our stable while you're on tour.
Apr 2021
Q:
What if the weather is bad on the date of my Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
We run our tours during rain, however, not during thunderstorms. If extended periods of inclement weather are forecasted, we may close for the day. If there is bad weather on your selected date, contact us at the number on your ticket to confirm.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are carriages covered during the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:
Yes. The roof offers shade during sunny weather and some protection from rain–but if it’s raining hard, you will get wet. Lightweight ponchos are available for purchase at 14 Anson Street where you board your carriage.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my dog with me on the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
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We welcome dogs of all sizes if they’re well-behaved. Smaller pups may ride in your lap, and larger dogs can sit in the front row.
Apr 2021

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Traveler Tips


  • "Take the earliest ride or an evening ride to avoid the heat!" See review
  • "If you visit Charleston in the summer, take an early tour or in the evening." See review
  • "We took the tour at 5 pm which made it even more pleasant with a cool breeze." See review

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Great tour
Macey_M
, May 2021
Loved seeing Charleston from the back of a horse drawn carriage. Our horse was massive and we had plenty of space on the carriage- we weren't squished together like so many other carriages that we saw that day. Guide was knowledgeable and pleasant. Would highly recommend and would do again.
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Great family experience
Jessica_J
, May 2021
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. Buddy our horse was amusing. It was very enjoyable for all of us.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jessica- it was a pleasure having y’all join us on the 1 hour historic carriage tour! Welcome to Charleston!
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Rex the best
Lance_D
, May 2021
Jimmy was a great tour guide. And going and seeing all the churches and historic buildings. I would do it everytime I am here
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks Lance, appreciate y’all coming out and touring with us!
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Awesome
Martin_H
, May 2021
Great experience! Going to sign up for more! Learned a great deal. High lite of our trip. I have always seen the tours and finally did it and is was great!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for sharing your experience, Martin! We look forward to seeing you again!
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Always enjoyable
Joseph_F
, May 2021
One of the best we've been on. Excellent narration and tour guide. Great route and weather couldn't have been better.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
We have had some great weather lately! Happy to hear that you had a good time on your tour!
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Last minute Charleston experience
Marinela_N
, May 2021
Very informative and interesting. On time,was given an earlier time. Good for us..viator was easy to book with for last minute deal
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for the review! Happy to hear that you had such a good time learning new things!
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Fun and educational
Heather_D
, May 2021
What a great history lesson with humor and a gorgeous setting. My mom and I had a wonderful time . Thank you!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks Heather! So happy to hear that you and your mom had such a great time!
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star-5
The only way to tour the city!
Mr_N
, May 2021
Very informative and enjoyable ride. The tour guide definitely knew here stuff, and I enjoyed every min of it. I highly recommend anyone to take this tour, and if in the area again, I’d go again!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks Mr N, appreciate y’all coming out and touring with us!
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Fine
ntment
, May 2021
Guide had good sense of humor, knew his history. Spent a little too much time talking about and showing wrought iron and cast iron. Disappointed that tour only covered 1 small section of historic Charleston.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks, appreciate y’all coming out and touring with us!
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Excellent
Patricia_S
, May 2021
Tour guide was humorous and friendly and knowledgeable! We enjoyed it all! Ben the horse was strong and handsome.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Patricia- it was a pleasure having y’all join us on the 1 hour historic carriage tour! Welcome to Charleston!
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