Ride a horse-drawn carriage through the heart of historic Charleston on a guided tour through the heart of the city. Soak up the old fashioned charm of cobblestone streets lined with antebellum houses, lush gardens, and landmark churches as you listen to stories about Charleston history, architecture, and culture.
This tour begins at the Big Red Barn in downtown Charleston, where you'll meet a knowledgeable driver-guide and settle into a carriage drawn by a pair of horses. Follow a route that takes in some of the historic downtown district’s most elegant mansions and gardens, learning about the architecture of each place as you drive along. Catch the scent of jasmine flowers from deep, shady porches, and pass by rows of bristling palmetto trees.
Get an overview of Charleston’s dramatic history, from long-ago pirate raids to plantations, Revolutionary battles, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The city was founded in 1670, and Charleston's historic buildings have been meticulously preserved and restored. Guides combine humor with history for a lighthearted experience of Charleston’s atmospheric center, and you'll cover between 25 and 30 blocks of the downtown district. This tour concludes with drop-off at the Big Red Barn.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Beautiful ride in a historic town
, Aug 2019
Ask for Mr Hood (sorry I forgot his first name). He is extremely knowledgeable and absolutely loves his town of Charleston, SC. The history behind those homes and business that made that great city is remarkable. The care given to their team of horses is second to none. I highly recommend this hour long tour.
Jayson, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the history of Charleston, the local stories and architecture of downtown Charleston. Overall it was a good hour spent and even our children enjoyed it.
Carriage driver did a good job at providing historic information about the area we reviewed. Not sure the path I went through was the most historic, but the path is determined by the city and traffic so I can't blame the tour operator.
Not only did our carriage ride begin on time, we also drew the best carriage route and were able to see Rainbow Row. I was unaware of how the city of Charleston requires a drawing system so that all of the carriages would not be on the same route holding up traffic in the city. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we really enjoyed ourselves.
got there a few minutes early and met an older gengleman who gave us the lowdown on all the things and people that made the tour what it was. quite an educated man and very intelligent ans very well mannered. hopped up in the carrigae and away we went. it is amazing how much history has transpired since the days of the pirates and before slavery, during slavery and up through martin luther king to today. beautiful town, amazing gardens and all the history you might ever want to know about this beautiful town. can't say enough. well done!!!
I liked this tour - but there were lots of competing carriages and other tours about town ... which kept it interesting. I loved the horses and the information we got along the way, so I'm going to recommend it!