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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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Charleston, United States
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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
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
Certified driver/guide
1-hour carriage tour
Belgian or Percheron draft horse
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

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 at time of booking
  • 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 10 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 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Do not miss the opportunity to get an inside look to historic Charleston." See review
  • "Take the earliest ride or an evening ride to avoid the heat!" See review
  • "It could have been longer but we’ll worth the money." See review

Reviews

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Must do experience!
Ashley_R
, Oct 2020
Great tour. Friendly guide Mike and awesome horse Bill! The route we were on took us on Battery and the homes are beautiful.
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History
Julie_T
, Oct 2020
So informative really nice would highly recommend . Great tour guide will go again . So much to see so much to learn .
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Charleston Via Carriage.
Doreen_H
, Oct 2020
Snap pictures while slowly moving about in Charleston via of horse drawn carriage. Guide provides an excellent explanation of Charleston history. Great way to see the city highlights while saving steps and learning as you go.
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Charleston Highlights
Doreen_H
, Oct 2020
Enjoyable way to see the city while saving a few steps on our feet. Had only one day to experience Charleston, and the info shared was enough for us to want to come back for a few more days.
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AMAZING
Charles_C
, Oct 2020
Excellent, Drake was very delightful and Sam was an amazing Horse. Very informative. Would definitely do it again. It was much better than I ever expected..
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Great informative experience
JohnD_A
, Oct 2020
This was a very organized company with friendly and helpful staff. Our guide on the carriage was informative with a great sense of humor and knowledgeable of Charleston’s history. We felt very safe with his guiding Tom, our beautiful horse. The stables snd horses seem to be very clean and the horses were treated with gentle and humane care.
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Awesome experience
Rodney_G
, Oct 2020
Tour was awesome and our guide was very knowledgeable and fun. We loved the care that they give to their horses.
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Great family outing
Megan_M
, Oct 2020
Tour guide was great, funny and knowledgeable. Horses seemed well taken care of and were the highlight of the experience for my daughters. Would definitely go again.
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Great experience
Wendy_D
, Oct 2020
Lots of history lessons are told riding through the narrow streets ! All of the horses are so well taken care of, I had a special fondness for Max. The tour guide David Henry Lucas is a wealth of knowledge and he makes the tour entertaining. Definitely will bring the rest of the family with me next time!
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Great experience
Teresa_L
, Oct 2020
This was my first trip to Charleston. The Guide was very knowledge of the area. Loved the whole experience.
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