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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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Charleston, United States

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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
Gratuities

Departure Point

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 at time of booking
  • 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 10 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.

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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 10 travelers.

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

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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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Everything we were hoping it would be!
Denise_C
, Jan 2021
Such a great tour! Learned so much about the history of Charleston, also mixed with humorous stories!! David Lucas was great! Highly recommend this tour for the family!!
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Thank you Denise! We are so happy when someone enjoys a tour and learns new things too!
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Edgecombe Family
Charmaine_E
, Jan 2021
So funny. My family and I can’t remember our drivers name, only our horse name. Jack. Anyway our driver was the best and he was just so detailed. So much information and my family and I ate it up. So much history! What an awesome experience. Thank you!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Love to hear that your family had a great time on our historic carriage tour! Our tour guides are trained professionals that can engage all ages of people taking our tours. Thanks for joining us!
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Wonderful time
Dawn
, Jan 2021
We had a wonderful time. Guide was knowledgeable and interesting. Horses are absolutely beautiful...
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Thanks Dawn! So glad you had a good time!
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Charming Tour through Historic Charleston
Marilyn_M
, Jan 2021
Our group of 8 had a wonderful time exploring Charleston's historic district and learning interesting details about the city and its residents. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly and "Bill" the horse was so smart that he could follow the traffic signs. :) Thank you for a memorable part of our trip to beautiful Charleston.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Marilyn, was a pleasure having y’all join us on the 1 hour historic carriage tour! Welcome to Charleston!
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Story telling makes tour rich
Jude_M
, Jan 2021
Excellent tour guide, knowledgeable and friendly. His stories made the city come alive. Thanks, Drake!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thanks for sharing your experience Jude- Our 1 hour historic residential tour explores the old historic district of downtown and is a great way to see the city. Glad you had a good time!
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Great way to see and learn about Charleston!
Andrea_G
, Jan 2021
We had a fabulous time on the carriage tour. Our guide was super knowledgeable and made the trip even more enjoyable. We loved learning about the history of Charleston and getting to see all the wonderful historic areas and buildings.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thanks for sharing your experience Andrea- Our 1 hour historic residential tour explores the old historic district of downtown and is a great way to see the city. Glad you had a good time!
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Amazing tour
jennifer_r
, Jan 2021
Carol our tour guide was amazing. She had great knowledge of the area. She was witty and charming. Couldn't ask for more. A+
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thanks Jennifer, appreciate y'all coming out and touring with us!
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History tour in a Carriage!
Carol_L
, Jan 2021
The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We thoroughly enjoyed the carriage ride! Easy to find tour place and great accommodations.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Carol, was a pleasure having y’all join us on the 1 hour historic carriage tour! Welcome to Charleston!
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Great to her lots of information comfortable carriage
Lonita_O
, Dec 2020
Out guide Chris was great.... Knowledgeable & funny! He answered questions & explained things in detail.
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Thanks Lonita, appreciate y'all coming out and touring with us!
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Excellent guide and wonderful city !
Lois_D
, Dec 2020
Our tour guide was great she had so much information about the city. We would definitely recommend this company!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thanks Lois, appreciate the review! Our historic carriage tours are a lot of fun and a great way to see the city in a new way!
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