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Historic Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

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  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Travel back to Colonial times aboard a horse-drawn carriage and discover more than 300 years of history on this guided, 1-hour tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches and gardens of yesteryear on this narrated tour around historic Charleston. Enjoy the romantic clip-clop sound as this educational adventure winds through the streets and learn about this ‘Holy City’ and its rich history and role in Civil War times. See the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, one of the most historic buildings in America, and much more.
  • Experience the romance of a horse-drawn carriage tour
  • Learn about Charleston’s storied past from the tour guide
  • See one of the most historic buildings in America
  • Fun for the entire family

What's Included

  • 1-Hour Historic Horse & Carriage Ride of Charleston
  • Professional guide
  • See beautiful gardens and parks, stately mansions, and historic churches
  • Learn about the people and events that shaped the history of this "Holy City"
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 45 Pinckney St
    45 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

    Directions: Please check in with an attendant at the desk inside our barn at 45 Pinckney Street. Dates: Tours depart approximately every 20 to 30 minutes from 9:30 am to 5pm during daylight savings (the last carriage will depart at 4pm during non-daylight savings time)

Departure Time

1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:30 AM - 04:00 PM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: Routes are chosen prior to departure on the date of travel. This is determined by a City of Charleston Tourism official and is out of the control of the local operator.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note: Tours depart approximately every 30 minutes starting at 9:30am on a first come first served basis, you will be assigned a specific departure time when you check in for your tour on the day of travel.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Historic Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston?

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

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Historic Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Best Decision
Erica_G, Aug 2022
We decided to book this tour last minute and it was the best decision. Our tour guide Eric was amazing and so knowledgeable! He was super friendly and shared so much information. The horse we had, Gibbs, was well taken care of. I would highly recommend this tour if you are in town.
Worth the money
JoshDavison, Jul 2022
We really enjoyed this tour through Charleston. The horses are treated well and the staff were both helpful and friendly.
The host on the tour was...
Cameron_W, Jul 2022
The host on the tour was very knowledgeable about charleston in all aspects. He even gave us information the different restaurants to try and stay away from.
Riding through Charleston
Brian_W, Jul 2022
Daniel was an excellent tour guide. He made the tour interesting and humorous. The carriage ride was my favorite part of visiting Charleston.
Fun informative tour
Warren_H, Jul 2022
We had a blast on our tour and learned a lot. Our tour driver Charlie was a wealth of information, sharing insights that only a local resident would know. In addition he even provided great restaurant recommendations. It was a fun tour with a great tour guide and I would highly recommend it.. Plus the tour was supposed to be an hour but ours ended up being an hour and a half. We definitely felt as though we got our money’s worth.
Great job, knowledgeable,...
Pam_P, Jul 2022
Great job, knowledgeable, felt sorry for animal, extreme heat with no relief I could tell . Guide talked about all the other jobs he had and mentioned tips many times
Great family outing
Michael_W, Jul 2022
Richard and Grey awesome tour guides Very knowledgeable and took time to share historical places etc
1 traveler found this review helpful
Thoughtful - and fact...
Susan_D, Jun 2022
Thoughtful - and fact filled tour of Charleston. Guide was the right amount of entertainer and educator.
Our guide was...
Debi_M, Jun 2022
Our guide was knowledgeable with personality. Knowledge with a sense of humor. I do wish the broken wheel would have been addressed before our ride.
History unfolded.
Michael_B, Jun 2022
Such a wonderful way to see the historic city and hear about the heritage. Picasso was a wonderful horse and RT was a fabulous guide. He knew so much and was great at answering the groups’ questions. Highly recommend.
The carriage was raggedy;...
KittyLewis, May 2022
The carriage was raggedy; the tour was decent but he seemed to enjoy telling the more lurid side of history. Maybe that’s popular but I’ve been on 3 tours from other companies that were more informative.
Joan_H, May 2022
Our driver was on the last tour of the Sunday.. but we were very Impressed with the same energetic stamina of any good tour. We loved our tour. It’s good to get the 1 he tour vs other company 40 minutes.
Seeing Charleston from behind the foot steps of Ironsides!
Camilla_D, Apr 2022
Our guide’s sense of humor and his wealth of knowledge for Charleston’s history. You can tell he enjoys what he does!
A trip back in time.
Marie_F, Apr 2022
David was a great tour guide and Chico the horse kept us giggling every time he stopped to eat the street plants. This is a great way to spend an hour in Charleston and see the old style homes and streets.
Nice informative tour of beautiful Charleston
Laurie_B, Apr 2022
Enjoyed easy, relaxing tour with historic info along beautifully lined streets of Charleston. One hour was adequate time. Rick gave an informative and lively presentation. Decent price.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Carriage Ride
Jane_C, Mar 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. He kept his tour upbeat and entertaining. I would definitely recommend this carriage ride.
The driver was very...
Marsha_S, Mar 2022
The driver was very knowledgeable and fun too. Recommend these tours. Wish we could have taken more as each tour is covers different parts of the downtown area. Did these in Wilmington, NC too and they are great.
Nice tour but not informative
Brennan_M, Mar 2022
A nice tour around downtown Charleston but our guide barely engaged with us. Not informative enough. Very very disappointed.
Well worth the money...
Dawn_R, Mar 2022
Well worth the money spent. Tour guide was great and so knowledgeable. Learned so much history about Charleston.
Excellent!! Best thing we did in Charleston
matt_v, Mar 2022
Very knowledgeable historian. Very funny as well. We would go on it again. Well worth the money. Probably the best thing that we experienced in Charleston


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