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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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star-5
Thanks, Jason!
Daniel_J
, Jun 2022
Great experience. By taking this trip early in the morning, we knew what we wanted to walk to later in the day. Very worthwhile!
star-5
Wonderful carriage tour with Old South
Carol_S
, Jun 2022
My mom came to visit and we took a horse and carriage ride. Our driver was David and our horse was named Jason. He was an EXCELLENT guide and our horse was wonderful too. I would highly recommend this tour
star-5
Charming Charleston experience
Wendy_P
, Jun 2022
Beautiful time of day. We booked a 5:00 tour to avoid the heat. The tour guide was interesting and informative. It’s a great way to experience Charleston.
star-5
Great tour!
Cheryl_H
, Jun 2022
We had a wonderful time and the docent did a great job. Definitely recommend this tour Second time doing the tour but this one was much better.
star-5
A great way to experience Charleston!
Cari_C
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, relatable, and funny. Our horse, Buddy, even smiled for a picture at the end of our tour. Charleston is a beautiful city, and we felt like we were able to experience it and learn a great deal about it while on our tour.
star-5
Awesome
Stiven_S
, Jun 2022
Janice the speaker and Rudy were awesome. I had a great experience with my wife. Will definitely come back again
star-3
GUIDE was nice (Austin) but with accent and talking too fast, only understood/heard about 10 percent of what he said
Kim_S
, Jun 2022
The horse! Spending time before ride at carriage house learning about horses and meeting them and talking to drivers
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, we are so sorry you did not have a great tour experience. Our mission is to provide a fun and entertaining tour to every guest. I would like for you to contact me so we may discuss how to remedy the situation. We appreciate you choosing Old South Carriage Company. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager 843-723-9712
star-5
The guide was very...
Donna_B
, Jun 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the city. I learned a lot and found many of the stories fascinating. Definitely worth the money to take this tour. Our horse was “Moose” who was very pleasant as well.
star-5
Great tour for a girls’ weekend in Charleston
Anita_P
, Jun 2022
Historic homes and charm of the neighborhoods are a must see. Our tour guide Madison and horse Jason were great hosts!
star-4
Really knowledgeable...
Tony_B
, Jun 2022
Really knowledgeable guide we had a blast. Will come back again. Look forward to seeing Bob )horse) again
star-3
Tour guide was...
Rachel_H
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was knowledgeable but the overall experience was not very enjoyable. Not worth the cost of the ticket
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi, thank you for your input. Our company has been giving tours for nearly forty years. If any customer is not satisfied. We want to hear about it. Please reach out to me so we may discuss how to remedy the situation. We appreciate you choosing Old South Carriage Company. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager 843-723-9712
star-5
It was lovely, but the...
Kelly_B
, Jun 2022
It was lovely, but the tour guide didn’t speak very loudly!! Needed to speak louder especially for people in the back!!
star-5
Great history lesson ,...
Dale_H
, Jun 2022
Great history lesson , very knowledgeable guides friendly people clean facilities , loved the architecture
star-5
The guide was very...
Joe_H
, Jun 2022
The guide was very informative and likely. Our family enjoyed the commentary and information about the history of the city and the horse drawing our carriage. Our horse was very well behaved and followed the drivers directions. Would definitely recommend for all couples/ families.
star-4
Interesting and fun
Cristen_L
, Jun 2022
Seeing the million dollar homes. Learning about the architecture. Learning about the fires, floods and other natural disasters affected the area.
star-5
Florida family visit
John_G
, Jun 2022
Brie was a wonderful tour guy who kept the whole time interesting and educational. Prince was our force for the day and he couldn’t have been more professional and accommodating.
star-5
Highlight of our Charleston vacation!
Barbara_E
, Jun 2022
The tour guide Bill was very knowledgeable. Moose is an awesome horse. Very handsome. Highly recommend this company.
star-5
Great experience!
Giana_C
, Jun 2022
Great experience! My family and I loved it! We learned so many interesting facts about Charleston’s history and discovered a few new places to visit as well.
star-5
This tour is a fantastic...
Jillian_W
, Jun 2022
This tour is a fantastic way to learn some of the history of Charleston and get a good overview of the city. Scott and Mac gave a great tour!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, we are glad you had a wonderful experience. We agree that we have the best licensed tour guides and ponies in the city!!! Come back and see us soon! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Had a wonderful...
David_J
, Jun 2022
Had a wonderful experience! Beau and Mike were great!!! Mike was very witty and knowledgeable! Beautiful facility.
icon Response from Host , Jun 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

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