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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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 , 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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
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
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.

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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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Wonderful guide and Leo....
LaVonne_W
, Aug 2022
Wonderful guide and Leo. Great views and stories. Different routes every ride. Nice to see these horses get an easier life in retirement.
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Elder's 25th Wedding Anniversary 08/05/22
AnnelleLeroy_E
, Aug 2022
Learning about the horse Wayne and of course about Historic Charleston SC. My husband and I throughly enjoyed this 5 day trip. Thank you The Elder's
star-5
Jack & John Awesome Duo
Tyrone_D
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide John and his horse Jack were great. Very informative and hilarious. Would love to do other locations when here next time but hope the bingo ball comes out with another location
star-5
The history lessons and...
Edwardine_C
, Aug 2022
The history lessons and beautiful Charleston. I love our horse Eli and how smart he was in getting around the streets
star-5
Great ride
Ted_K
, Aug 2022
Very informative - Jack was great! Guide knowledgeable! Glad we had a nice breeze. Granddaughter enjoyed the ride and sights
star-5
Janice & Leo 5 stars!!!!!
Sharon_B
, Aug 2022
Janice and Leo were amazing!! We truly enjoyed our carriage ride. We learned a great deal about the city we didn’t know, and we have been here several times! It was a great trip!!!
star-5
We had a fantastic time...
Elizabeth_B
, Aug 2022
We had a fantastic time on our carriage tour. David was an excellent guide and a great storyteller as we learned about the history of the sights and area. It was a wonderful way to familiarize ourselves with historic Charleston.
star-5
Geat tour
Renata_H
, Aug 2022
Very informative guide man. Thanks a lot for a great time. Horse was very smart even he was scared of the big trucks. Francis was excellent
star-5
Trotting through Charleston
Charline_S
, Aug 2022
We had a great historical view of Charleston with a very knowledgeable tour guide. We really were able to experience the beauty and history of the city!!
star-5
❣️
Joseph_C
, Aug 2022
Excellent storyteller! Very informative and beautiful ride through Charleston! We enjoyed and would highly recommend!
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Charleston Carriage Tour
Kathy_H
, Aug 2022
Tour Guide, Janice and Leo the house did a great job showing us the historical church route. It was very enjoyable but very hot!
star-5
Try it if you are visiting for the first time
ashente_r
, Aug 2022
Great experience, informational, great weather with great guides. The kids really enjoyed themselves.
icon Response from Host , Aug 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
star-5
Fun History!
Hans_G
, Aug 2022
Loved learning about the historical past of Charleston, and it was fun riding the horse drawn carriage.
icon Response from Host , Aug 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. Old South Carriage Co.
star-1
A good old time
Sara_R
, Jul 2022
The tour was great. The tour guide was knowledgeable about the history of Charleston. She engages us the whole time.
icon Response from Host , Aug 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
star-5
Amazing experience!
Samantha_N
, Jul 2022
Incredible tour! I recently moved to Charleston and took my dad on the tour while he was visiting. Our guide was so knowledgeable and passionate about Charleston and our horse was sweet. We had an incredible time and I’ll definitely bring friends and family back on this tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks so much for sharing your experience, glad you had a great time! We hope to see you again soon. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Wonderful time
Jamie_S
, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful time and learned so much! I’m so glad we did this! Our guide taught us so much about local history and answered my questions. He was very knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Aug 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
star-5
Nice tour
Jody_V
, Jul 2022
Everything was great. Really informative. Guide did a nice job. He was knowledgeable about all the important buildings and historical facts . He deserves a raise. I’m from Pennsylvania and live in the country close to where the Amish horses are bread. See them all the time.
icon Response from Host , Aug 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
star-5
Well worth your time
Paul_I
, Jul 2022
Beautiful houses and well told stories from our guide. History of the town and its people brought to life in a whimsical way
icon Response from Host , Aug 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. Old South Carriage Co.
star-5
True History of Old Charleston -Horse & Carriage Tour
Laurette_S
, Jul 2022
The tour guide, David Lucas was outstanding. We learned so much from him about Charleston. Besides being a great storyteller and historian he has a wonderful sense of humor! It was a memorable tour.
star-5
We enjoyed the tour of...
Rosana_B
, Jul 2022
We enjoyed the tour of the beautiful historic mansions that we never thought existed. It was the best city tour, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. We learned a lot from this tour, we highly recommend to everyone who visits Charleston, SC.

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