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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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Certified driver/guide
1-hour carriage tour
Belgian or Percheron draft horse
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
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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Best Tour Ever!
Adriana_H
, Dec 2020
It was the best experience! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. It was the best way to really get to know Charleston!
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Fun educational experience
Christine_C
, Nov 2020
This was our second carriage ride in the Charleston area. First time with this company. The horse’s were very beautiful and the carriage was comfortable. The only thing I would suggest is that the company not put passengers on the first row with the driver. I read reviews prior to booking this trip and did not see anything about this mentioned. In today’s environment, and trying to social distance having the driver right in front of me made me very uncomfortable. Other than that the trip was wonderful.
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Good tour, no covid safety protocols
Jennifer_F
, Nov 2020
Our guide was wonderful but we were a little disappointed that there was no social distance or safety protocols in place. Our carriage was packed with people with no barriers between parties. When we said something about our concerns we were told we would pay extra for a private tour but it wouldn’t be worth it. Tour was good but definitely don’t go if you are concerned about safety protocols.
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Great job
McGowan_A
, Nov 2020
Great job by our tour guide he made the trip memorable and exciting great job his humor and knowledge of the area was phenomenal
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Nice ride
Jake2020
, Nov 2020
We lucked out and only had 2 others on the carriage ride. They really pack you in so I was relieved. I did notice some carriages had plastic between each row but not all of them did (ours did not) and I think that’s a good idea. It didn’t last an hour and I wished we could have seen the fountains and the water as well since we had about 15 more minutes left on our ride. It was still nice seeing all the homes and the market place.
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Excellent tour!!
Adriana_H
, Nov 2020
Excellent tour and tour guide. We learned a lot from Charleston and fell in love with this beautiful town. Definitely a highly recommended tour.
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Relaxing, informative, entertaining
Rick-N
, Nov 2020
The tour guide Jason was excellent. It wasn’t just his knowledge it was how he interacted with us and made us involved. He even made our horse Jason part of our ride with funny stories.
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Great time!
Tammy_L
, Nov 2020
Loved our tour. The driver was very knowledgeable about the history of Charleston as well as friendly and personable. Our driver operated at 1pm on Monday. Thanks so much!
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Lovely afternoon with Drake
Lula_W
, Nov 2020
Drake was a great guide! Very knowledgeable with a great sense of humor and made it very enjoyable. Have done this trip before and always top notch!
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Best carriage ride ever.
Larry_W
, Nov 2020
The horse and carriage were great and the driver/ guide (Carol) was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and interesting.
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