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Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston

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  • 35 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover downtown Charleston on a Southern-style carriage ride that passes through the Commercial District and Waterfront Park. Learn about the history, architecture, and people of this old South Carolina city throughout the tour.
  • Carriage ride in downtown Charleston
  • View the architecture of downtown
  • Learn about the city's history from your guide
  • Take a leisurely carriage ride that allows for great photo ops

What's Included

  • Narrated Evening Horse & Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston
  • Learn more about Charleston's Commercial District and Waterfront Park
  • Evening carriage tours cover parts of the old walled city, historic churches, and public buildings
  • Pass by sites such as The Old Exchange Building where George Washington visited, and Waterfront Park
  • Evening tours are a great way to avoid the summer sun
  • Learn about Charleston’s history, architecture, flora, and people
  • Professional Guide
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 8 Guignard St
    8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

    Look for the Big Red Barn!

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Make your own way to central Charleston to begin your tour in the early evening.

Meet your guide and the team of mules that gently pull your carriage around the heart of Charleston.

Head into downtown Charleston's Commercial District and hear the history of the buildings along the route. Pass the Old Exchange Building, once visited by George Washington, and learn about the architecture of several historic churches. Continue through Waterfront Park, which is situated on the Cooper River before returning to your starting point to end your tour.

Joe Riley Waterfront Park (Pass By)

During this 35-minute evening carriage tour, you learn about Charleston’s history, architecture, flora, and the people that make up the “Holy City,” all while enjoying a cool evening breeze. This tour is a great option during the hotter months to avoid the summer sun. Our evening Charleston carriage tours cover parts of the old walled city, historic churches, and public buildings as well as the Cooper River Water Front.

Charleston City Market (Pass By)

Your carriage tour will pass through the City Market

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where does the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston depart from?

A:All of our tours begin and end at the Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard Street, one block from the City Market.

Apr 2021

Q:Is parking available for the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?

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:Can I bring my young child with me on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?

A:Absolutely! This tour is fun for the whole family!

Apr 2021

Q:How long is the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?

A:The carriage tour is approximately 35 minutes long.

Apr 2021

Q:Is the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston narrated?

A:Yes, we only hire guides who are members of the Palmetto Guild of Certified Tour Guides. In order to be certified, guides must pass an extensive test facilitated by the City of Charleston and attend recertification classes every three years.

Apr 2021

Q:What will I see during the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?

A:You will learn about Charleston’s history, architecture, flora, & the people that make up the “Holy City.” Our evening Charleston carriage tours cover parts of the old walled city, historic churches, public buildings, & the Cooper River Water Front.

Apr 2021

Q:How many people does the carriage seat during the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?

A:Our large public carriages can seat up to 16 people, not including the driver who stands at the front. You can purchase an extra seat if you are concerned about having enough space. We also have smaller carriages that seat up to four or eight people.

Apr 2021

Q:Can I bring snacks/drinks with me on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?

A:Absolutely! We sell drinks and snacks in our Barn Shop, or you can bring your own. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in accordance with the City’s “open container” law.

Apr 2021

Q:Is the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston handicap accessible?

A:Our carriages pull up to a boarding platform in the Big Red Barn which is almost level with the carriages. There is a bit of a gap to step over, but we have a ramp leading to the platform, and we can assist as needed.

Apr 2021

Q:Can I bring my service animal with me on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?

A:Absolutely. We can accommodate service animals with advance notice. Please specify if you would like to bring a dog in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Apr 2021

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Great start to the evening
Matt_D, Aug 2022
Great way to start the evening. Discovered places to eat and Drink for the rest of the night. Great guide with unique stories of Charleston history.
The Perfect Way to Begin a Visit to Charleston!
Rebecca_J, Aug 2022
We had the most wonderful time on our carriage ride! Everyone who works here is so kind and welcoming! This was our very first visit to Charleston and our first adventure in the city. It could not have been more perfect! Our guide was immensely knowledgeable and shared history in such an interesting and captivating way. The time went too quickly! Highly recommend!
We enjoyed learning about...
Andrea_T, Aug 2022
We enjoyed learning about the sites of Charleston on this carriage ride! It was informative and enjoyable!
Waste of money
Stephanie_G, Jul 2022
Save your money and walk around if you want to know about horses and how hard life is for a tour guide waste your money. Everyone up front was awesome but when they told us to go around for our ride everything changed. We were met with a rather hostile greeter who beforehand we walked by her to check in up front then had to check in with her. It is because of her I gave a 2 star review and the ride sucked!!!
Nice evening tour
Miranda_C, Jul 2022
Learned lots of interesting historical facts! Our guide was wonderful. Loved this experience. Would reccomend!
Great Carriage Ride!
CristinaOHara, Jul 2022
Ross was a amazing Tour Guide!! The whole tour was lovely!! We saw great parts of the city!!! Ross and Musk were great Tour Guides!
Great tour
Matthew_H, Jun 2022
We had the horse Chester, great horse and guide! Knew a lot of history, and included everyone in conversation. wish it would’ve lasted a little longer but a great tour.
Well worth the Trip
JoAnn_M, Jun 2022
We had a fantastic time our guide was great she was very informative I learned a lot of things that I didn’t know especially about Charleston and the horses. Carriage ride was fun my granddaughter enjoyed it we enjoyed it a lot and I would recommend it to anyone that would like a short tour of the Charleston historical area
Perfect way to enjoy the evening.
Nickie_G, May 2022
Josh was great! He was knowledgeable, friendly and personable. Great time and would definitely recommend.
Day Trip to Charleston
Michele_R, May 2022
We enjoyed learning about the history and architecture of Charleston. The vibe of the trip was fun and had plenty of photo ops.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Evening carriage
PEGGY_T, May 2022
I loved the horse. He was beautiful and had lots of character. All the horses were very well taken care of. Loved the history talk. Loved the scenery. Our guide was great. Lots of personality. Wish it was longer and later at night.
Learning about Charleston...
Pat_W, Apr 2022
Learning about Charleston French Quarter from our guide, Fox was so interesting and enjoyable. Palmetto Carriage Tours takes really good care of their beloved horses and it was a great tour.
First ride!
Joshua_S, Apr 2022
Nice experience for the first time. I should’ve booked a longer tour. The tour was short, but I enjoyed it.
Great before dinner evening tour
Christine_C, Apr 2022
Tour guide was great and full of information - Wonderful way to spend the night before dinner- A lot of fun!
Loved it!
Catherine_F, Apr 2022
Loved our tour guide. Yogi and BooBoo it a great job pulling the carriage. Very calm enjoyable ride.
Mother/Son evening horse-drawn carriage ride
Nicole_R, Mar 2022
The horses were beautiful and a smooth ride through historical Charleston. The guide was nice and seemed to know a lot about the city.
Nice tour
Elaine_M, Feb 2022
First carriage ride in Charleston for my partner. Pleasant people and well narrated. Efficient service.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Take the money and run
Johanna_G, Dec 2021
The horse was tired and sped us through the tour. No any fault of the guide. Felt a little rushed last one to leave and first back. We watched the video saying any one can visit the barn and the horses especially after the tour. My son was told leave leave immediately by the blond woman. I felt like you received my 120 dollars and were done in 40 minutes go away.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very good experience
Colby_M, Oct 2021
The guide was really funny but also helpful with answering any questions we had. Definitely coming back to do it again
Charleston History
Deidra_L, Sep 2021
Super fun 45m tour very knowledgeable tour guide easy to understand and fun!! Nice clean stables horses well cared for Big Plus
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