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iconOffered in: English
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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
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Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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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
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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, 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 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

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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 16 travelers.

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

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Traveler Tips


  • "Take the earliest ride or an evening ride to avoid the heat!" See review
  • "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

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Terrific tour!
Lorraine_D
, Apr 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed being educated in Charleston’s vast history. Scenery was beautiful. Scott, our guide was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. Mack, our house knows and performs his job well!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Scott and Mac do make a great team! We're so happy to hear you had such a great time on your carriage tour!
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I am happy I went early in the morning
TheresaMarie_R
, Apr 2021
It was a lot of fun and very informative. I am happy I went early in the morning. The tour guide shared many details about Charleston’s history.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Aren't carriage tours the best way to start your trip to a new city? Come see us again sometime!
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Make this the first thing you do in Charleston
Jean_C
, Apr 2021
Great tour guide ... loads of fun! All the stories about the homes and churches were so interesting to learn about. I'll be back next time I'm in Charleston.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks for sharing your experience, Jean! We love return customers so we would love to see you next time you're in Charleston!
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Getting aquatinted with Charleston
MAC
, Apr 2021
Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The tour was informative. We found the carriage seats to be very comfortable! A great experience!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks for your review Mac! Happy to hear that you had a great time while learning new things!
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Great but tight
Wendy_L
, Apr 2021
Our guide was knowledgeable and interesting. It was a great way to learn about Charleston’s church history. The only negative was that the carriage was very full. 4 average-sized adults crammed on one bench is too tight. If it’s family, it might be ok, but when you are sitting right up against someone you don’t know, it’s uncomfortable. Especially as you are bumping into each other on the uneven streets.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for sharing your experience. So happy to hear that you enjoyed learning about Charleston!
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star-3
A nice way to take in the city
Melissa_P
, Apr 2021
Enjoyed the history and views of the city but wasn’t too pleased with the route we were given. Wanted more history and scenes near the water but ended up with just the churches.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hey Melissa, Thank you for sharing your experience. Glad the tour was enjoyable! As you know, the city of Charleston controls where each and every carriage goes through a lottery system. Each area in the historic residential district is unique in its own way and our tour guides will narrate and discuss what we see along the route. Thanks for joining us and hope to see you again soon
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Could be better
Jim_H
, Apr 2021
People to close together on the carriage. Nice driver with funny stories. Not sure I would recommend this to my friends.
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star-5
great tour
Thomas_F
, Apr 2021
Rivers was great, very knowledgeable and entertaining. I'm trying to leave a good review and you're putting a minimum number of words?? should take a start off.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for your review. Happy to hear that you had a good time with Rivers. Sorry that Trip Advisor makes you leave a minimum number of words!
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Billy and Ron are #1
Ramondo_S
, Apr 2021
Billy was one of the friendliest and most personable and knowledgeable people we met on our Charleston vacation. The tour was so relaxing, educational, and just plain enjoyable. I recommend you sign up for an early ride so that parking is much more readily available.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Wow, what a great review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour. Happy that you were able to find a parking spot; thank you for sharing so that others know. Welcome to Charleston!
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Spring vacation
Warner_D
, Apr 2021
We had a great experience.The driver was very entertaining and very knowledgeable. We have ridden the carriage ride before we always chose Old South.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you Warner, we love return customers! Glad you had a good time and see you again soon!
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