Guided tour

Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

Activity provider: Palmetto Carriage
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 54.95 per person

Take a 1-hour horse or mule-drawn carriage tour through Charleston's beautiful historic district. See beautiful buildings, churches, houses & gardens.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover 25-30 blocks of Charleston's historic downtown district
  • See houses, gardens, mansions, churches, and parks
  • Learn about buildings, history, architecture, flora and the people that make up the "Holy City"
Full description

This tour begins at the Big Red Barn in downtown Charleston, where you'll meet a knowledgeable driver-guide and settle into a carriage drawn by either horses or mules.

Follow a route that takes in some of the historic downtown district’s most elegant mansions and gardens, learning about the architecture of each place as you drive along. Catch the scent of jasmine flowers from deep, shady porches, and pass by rows of bristling palmetto trees.

Get an overview of Charleston’s dramatic history, from long-ago pirate raids to plantations, Revolutionary battles, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The city was founded in 1670, and Charleston's historic buildings have been meticulously preserved and restored.

Guides combine humor with history for a lighthearted experience of Charleston’s atmospheric center, and you'll cover between 25 and 30 blocks of the downtown district. This tour concludes with drop-off at the Big Red Barn.

  • Access to City Market, Charleston
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Horse carriage
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet by the big red barn of Palmetto Carriage Works.

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    Not allowed

    • Alcohol and drugs
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    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 242 reviews

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    After our flight from California was canceled at 11:15 am in Dallas, we didn’t make it to Charleston until 1:00 pm on Saturday. That meant we missed our tour but the owner was very gracious and allowed us to go on a tour on Sunday morning. We’re so appreciative. On the tour, I loved hearing about the churches, the silent bells used for ammunition, the light blue ceilings to fend off ghost, and some other local stories. Ian did a good job of entertaining all of us!

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    April 24, 2022

    We enjoyed the tour very much. The online reservation process was easy and very well organized as we arrived for our tour. Our horse Buddy provided a smooth ride. Our guide Sean was friendly and very knowledgeable. We learned so much about the history of Charleston and seeing the sights from the comfort of the carriage . We recommend this tour for all, especially first time visitors.

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    August 2, 2021

    Scott was our guide. Elwood was our horse. Scott was a great guide in our tour of Charleston with some little jokes along the way that kept us all continually smiling. Scott was very knowledgeable about the history of Charleston making sure we all could see. It made our family do a lot more walking and looking up at the historical Architectural designs later that day. We took many pictures because of Scott. We also bought books that he had talked about on the tour. Our family loves history and books. I truly was impressed by the he communicated with Elwood with only a word or a sound. You could tell these two had a long standing horse/friend relationship, which is truly rare. I recommend personally that they always be paired together.

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    July 7, 2021

    Product ID: 75922