Guided tour

Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

Activity provider: Old South Carriage Co

Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

Activity provider: Old South Carriage Co

From US$ 50 per person

Make your way through historic downtown Charleston on a traditional horse-drawn carriage with a guide. See the mansions, churches, and gardens of the city.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Tour the historic residential district of Charleston
  • Enjoy a guided tour with a licensed tour guide
  • Experience the sights of the city and discover places you could visit later
  • Learn about the 350-year history of Charleston
Full description
This 60-minute narrated carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic downtown Charleston. It really is the best way to see the “Holy City” and learn about its rich and vast history. The tour begins at our stables just one block from the city market, where a number of our horses live. Restrooms and water are available as well as a loading ramp to easily board one of the custom-built carriages.  Departing from the barn, you will continue to the city gate located in the Old City Market. Historic Downtown Charleston is split up into a number of areas that each tour is directed to travel to. Some highlights of these areas are Charleston Harbor, Rainbow Row, 4 Corners of Law, King Street, White Point Gardens, and the Charleston Battery.  A licensed tour guide will be narrating the entire tour with informative and entertaining commentary. At the end of the tour you will arrive back at the stables, where you will get off the carriage using the unloading dock.
  • Access to Waterfront Park
  • Access to Charleston Harbor
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Horse carriage
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Meeting point

    Arrive 15 minutes early to the local partner's barn. Enter the main lobby area through the front door and check in with one of the customer service specialists at the desk. Restrooms are available in the lobby area along with seating.

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    • If inclement weather prevents tours from departing, we can refund your tour or reschedule for another time.
    • Purchasing your tickets online in advance is highly recommended because it allows you to reserve seats for a particular tour time
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 195 reviews

    Review summary

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    The carriage ride was nice, but our tour guide Ben kind of joked around more with the passengers than keeping the momentum on staying on track with the historical facts of various historical sites. It’s okay to incorporate humor to the touring experience, but stay on the historical facts to make the experience more enjoyable for the tourists who are coming from out of town.

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    August 13, 2022

    Really fun, relaxing and informative way to see the city. Perfect for someone who has never been there before, and it was great for my little kids because they didn’t have to do as much walking to see the sights. Also, our guide was very patient with their questions and wiggles. Great experience! I would 100% come back and do it again!

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    March 30, 2022

    We were not made aware which tour we were getting when we signed up. Although we enjoyed the homes tour, my husband would have preferred a more historical one. Our guide Emily was very knowledgeable and friendly while the horse (Bob/Billy/we forget!) was hilarious. Overall was a very enjoyable excursion.

    March 24, 2022

    Product ID: 134529