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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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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 , 14 Anson St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Departure Point: Old South Carriage Address: 14 Anson St. Charleston, SC 29401 Dates: Daily - MUST check-in 15-minutes

This activity will end right where it started.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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:
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?
A: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?
A: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?
A: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
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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
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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
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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
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Can I bring my dog with me on the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A: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
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.
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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.

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  • "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
  • "The starting location is an easy 10 minute walk from the cruise port and easy to find." See review

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star-5
Best carriage tour
Michael_C
, Sep 2022
Dan, our tour guide, was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and witty and friendly. And Old Jim, the horse, was beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hi, we are so glad you enjoyed your tour, are licensed tour guides are the best in the business, and of course historic Charleston is magnificent. Please visit us again in the future. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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History of Charleston churches, people and places
Loss_C
, Sep 2022
Absolutely worth the money! Very informative. Great way to get an overview of the history of downtown Charleston. Learn sone interesting facts about the architecture and past .
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We appreciate you using Old South Carriage company to view our beautiful historic city. Come see us again in the future! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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Time well spent
Carl_N
, Sep 2022
Learning a little bit about Charleston And it’s history. It was fun to see all the antique houses. Our guide was very Informative as well as entertaining
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hello, we appreciate your wonderful words, our horses are our family!! We are glad you had an enjoyable experience. Thank you for choosing Old South Carriage Co. Scott B. Guest relations manager
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Just the experience of...
Sheila_H
, Sep 2022
Just the experience of being on Leo the horse with my new husband going through downtown Charleston Learning more about the history of this beautiful city
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hey y’all, we so much appreciate your excellent review, Old South Carriage Companies mission is to provide a first class experience to all of our guests. Come back and see us soon! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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star-5
Great- shouldn’t miss- experience!
Tom_N
, Sep 2022
Great tour guide (Row) , great horse (Rowdy). Lots of very interesting history- could have easily enjoyed another hour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hello, we are glad you had a wonderful experience. We agree that we have the best licensed tour guides and ponies in the city!!! Come back and see us soon! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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J Lo are a dynamic duo!...
Lance_P
, Sep 2022
J Lo are a dynamic duo! Great tour with history and fun interaction. So glad we did this early in our trip
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hello, we are so glad you had a great experience on your tour of our amazing city! Please stop by again on your next visit. Thank you for choosing Old South Carriage Co. Scott B. Guest relations manager
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star-5
Great Narator
Marc_B
, Sep 2022
Great narrator. John , the good looking one was awesome . Clearly had a history degree/ background. Have taken multiple Charleston tours and this was the best
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Thank you for the glowing review. we appreciate you choosing Old South Carriage Co. to explore our beautiful, historic city! Scott B. Guest relations manager
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star-5
Fun ride in downtown Charleston.
Chuck_B
, Sep 2022
It was a fun ride with some Charleston history from our driver. We enjoyed the the tour and the narrative.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We hope to see you again in the future for another tour! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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Beautiful sight seeing...
Michael_C
, Sep 2022
Beautiful sight seeing tour! Fun way to learn Charleston history! Professional service that is punctual
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hi, thank you for the review, we are so glad you had a great tour. We hope you join us again in the future. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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star-5
Fun carriage ride
Tracy_G
, Sep 2022
We enjoyed Buddy, the beautiful draft horse that pulled our carriage. Roe, our tour guide, was the best ever, engaging, smart, funny. So enjoyable. Loved her historical knowledge of the city. We had the best time and so relaxing.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hi, thank you for the review, we are so glad you had a great tour. We hope you join us again in the future. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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Loved the history and...
Lisa_W
, Sep 2022
Loved the history and story telling. That guide was genuine and knowledgeable. Great way to see the architecture and hear the history of this awesome town.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Thank you for the glowing review. we appreciate you choosing Old South Carriage Co. to explore our beautiful, historic city! Scott B. Guest relations manager
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star-5
Nice facilities to wait...
Kathryn_L
, Sep 2022
Nice facilities to wait for our ride inc restrooms and water available. Austin our guide and a beautiful Belgian horse did a beautiful tour of Charleston great history and local lore. Highy recommend
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hi and thank you so much for this review, we love to hear that our patrons enjoyed their tour of our beautiful historic city by horse and carriage. Scott B. Guest relations manager
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Janice was very...
Scott_B
, Sep 2022
Janice was very knowledgeable and engaging,! Never felt rushed. She and her horse Leo make an outstanding team. I highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hello, Thank you so much for the lovely review. As a business, we treat our ponies as our pets. Please come back to see us again soon! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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Rolling through history!
Virginia_A
, Sep 2022
Our tour guide was above excellent. Knowledgeable, pleasant. Would highly recommend. Unique system for actual tour selection.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Thank you for the glowing review. we appreciate you choosing Old South Carriage Co. to explore our beautiful, historic city! Scott B. Guest relations manager
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Derek was a perfect guide...
Kevin_W
, Sep 2022
Derek was a perfect guide and Ricky “Bobby” was the perfect guy (horse) for the job! There were 4 of us- didnt know what to expect and it ended up being a huge highlight for a PERFECT 4 days in charleston!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hi and thank you so much for this review, we love to hear that our patrons enjoyed their tour of our beautiful historic city by horse and carriage. Scott B. Guest relations manager
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Beautiful boat tour
Robin_R
, Sep 2022
We brought a picture of our friend on a paint stick who could not make the trip last minute and the tour guides were super friendly and gave us a shout out!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
We are so thrilled you had a great experience. All of our certified tour guides are so passionate about our beautiful cities history. Thank you for choosing Old South Carriage Co. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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Relaxing tour of Charleston, SC
Rachel_C
, Sep 2022
Our tour guide, Derrick, and horse, Francisco, were fantastic! The whole tour was very funny, informative, and entertaining.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hi, thank you for the review, we are so glad you had a great tour. We hope you join us again in the future. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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star-4
Very informative and enjoyable
Debra_H
, Sep 2022
Awesome info Charleston’s history! Narrator was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It was a little hot but overall a very enjoyable and informative excursion
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We hope to see you again in the future for another tour! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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The tour guide and...
Robert_S
, Sep 2022
The tour guide and history of the city was very informative. Very enjoyable experience. Worth the money for sure I would highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hello, We are so glad to see you had a fun time with us on our Historic Carriage Tour. We hope the memories last a life time and you enjoyed your time with Old South Carriage Co. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
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Wonderful carriage ride
Sharon_S
, Sep 2022
Austin is an excellent tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and it was a wonderful ride. We would highly recommend taking the ride.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hi, Thank you for this 5 star review. Our goal at Old South Carriage Co. is to give our guests a memorable experience of this beautiful city. I am thrilled we accomplished that for you. Come and see us in the future for another tour! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager Old South Carriage Co.
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