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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour

Charleston, United States
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Offered in: English


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
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.

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Reviews by Viator travelers
, Aug 2019
Nice carriage tour! Comfortable seating. Great tour guide and Larry (horse) was big, strong and a bit stubborn. Charleston is a beautiful city. Lots of history. Lots to learn.
Rick K
, Aug 2019
Great time and very informative. micheal was a real good driver and very fun host. Ill go back for more.
Carriage ride
Julie D
, Aug 2019
We had the tour with rivers and rowdy..excellent tour..he was so full of enthusiasm and historical facts..very funny as wll..would highly recommend this tour... Would have liked to see rainbow alley but found out when on tour that it is a draw and drivers don't know which area they are taking Maybe divide areas into sections so visitors can choose which area they want to see Overall carriage ride was great
Great and Informative Day in Charleston
, Aug 2019
We had a great visit. Our guide was so informative and had a great personality....a real southern gentleman! (I can’t remember his name) I reserved for 11 am on 8/15 and since we got there early we were added to the 10:30 tour with our sweet horse, Ron. I would recommend Old South to anyone going to Charleston and will use them again next time.
Carriage ride
, Aug 2019
Booked a 5 pm carriage ride and everyone was prompt and friendly. Austin was our driver, Mac, our horse. Very informative, friendly and horse was well behaved aNd beautiful.
Lovely ride.
, Aug 2019
We loved our tour with Elliott. We learned a number of things about Charleston and its history. Highly recommend this tour.
Charleston historical carriage ride
, Aug 2019
We enjoyed the ride very much and Lori was very knowledgeable. However, we are wondering how she is doing bc she almost fainted and had to leave the ride. Hope she is feeling much better.
David M
, Aug 2019
Our guide, Rivers, was excellent. The tour was very informative and picturesque. Easiest way to see the city. Watch out for the 3rd party booking company Viator. They ripped me off for $10 that I had coming from a coupon code.
A fun and informative carriage ride through Charleston
, Aug 2019
My husband and I really enjoyed this ride - the guide was delightful, knowledgeable and with a good sense of humor. The horses are obviously well treated and the carriages well maintained. I would recommend this company to anyone. A lovely experience!
, Aug 2019
I would definitely recommend this it was one of the best experiences me and my wife had on our vacation and Charlie the horse was great

Product code: 6656RIDE

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