Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

Charleston, United States

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1 hour (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English


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.
  • Carriage tour of Charleston
  • Hourly departures throughout the day
  • Learn about local history
  • Explore cobblestone streets
  • Ideal choice for families
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.


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Tina C
, Aug 2018

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.

Linda L
, Jul 2018

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!!!

Michael B
, Apr 2018

A great way to see this beautiful city!

Brian S
, Mar 2018

great tour. friendly and informative. wish it was longer because it was so enjoyable.

, Jan 2018

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!

Denise D
, Dec 2017

This was great and the animals well treated (they had their own personalities). The guide was great and talked the whole time about the history and buildings. Charleston is beautiful.

Robby F
, Dec 2017

Shawn was our driver yesterday and he was outstanding. The information he provided was both interesting and funny. He had a great attitude and his love for Charleston was very evident. Excellent tour - a must go!

Carol L
, Dec 2017

Wonderful carriage tour with Palmetto Carriage Works. Comfortable and informative one hour ride. Saw beautiful architecture, both churches and houses. Our guide was very informative regarding Charleston history. Fun for both younger and older!

Cecilia R
, Nov 2017

Quite an entertaining and educational comprehensive experience.

Leigh L
, Sep 2017

Loved this tour! It was wonderful hearing and seeing old Charleston and the beautiful homes!

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Product code: 40128P2

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