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Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston

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icon35 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides 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
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Discover downtown Charleston on a Southern-style carriage ride that passes through the Commercial District and Waterfront Park. Learn about the history, architecture, and people of this old South Carolina city throughout the tour.
  • Carriage ride in downtown Charleston
  • View the architecture of downtown
  • Learn about the city's history from your guide
  • Take a leisurely carriage ride that allows for great photo ops
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35-minute Evening Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston
Professional Guide
Learn more about Charleston's Commercial District and Waterfront Park
Gratuities

Departure Point

8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to central Charleston to begin your tour in the early evening.

Meet your guide and the team of mules that gently pull your carriage around the heart of Charleston.

Head into downtown Charleston's Commercial District and hear the history of the buildings along the route. Pass the Old Exchange Building, once visited by George Washington, and learn about the architecture of several historic churches. Continue through Waterfront Park, which is situated on the Cooper River before returning to your starting point to end your tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Joe Riley Waterfront Park
During this 35-minute evening carriage tour, you learn about Charleston’s history, architecture, flora, and the people that make up the “Holy City,” all while enjoying a cool evening breeze. This tour is a great option during the hotter months to avoid the summer sun. Our evening Charleston carriage tours cover parts of the old walled city, historic churches, and public buildings as well as the Cooper River Water Front.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Charleston City Market
Your carriage tour will pass through the City Market
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palmetto Carriage Works
You will meet your certified tour guide and your horse or mule drawn carriage at our Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard Street.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
See the Old Exchange Building where George Washington visited
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Palmetto Carriage Works

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 Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
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 Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston.
Q:
Where does the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston depart from?
A:
All of our tours begin and end at the Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard Street, one block from the City Market.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is parking available for the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
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:
Can I bring my young child with me on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
Absolutely! This tour is fun for the whole family!
Apr 2021
Q:
How long is the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
The carriage tour is approximately 35 minutes long.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston narrated?
A:
Yes, we only hire guides who are members of the Palmetto Guild of Certified Tour Guides. In order to be certified, guides must pass an extensive test facilitated by the City of Charleston and attend recertification classes every three years.
Apr 2021
Q:
What will I see during the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
You will learn about Charleston’s history, architecture, flora, & the people that make up the “Holy City.” Our evening Charleston carriage tours cover parts of the old walled city, historic churches, public buildings, & the Cooper River Water Front.
Apr 2021
Q:
How many people does the carriage seat during the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
Our large public carriages can seat up to 16 people, not including the driver who stands at the front. You can purchase an extra seat if you are concerned about having enough space. We also have smaller carriages that seat up to four or eight people.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring snacks/drinks with me on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
Absolutely! We sell drinks and snacks in our Barn Shop, or you can bring your own. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in accordance with the City’s “open container” law.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston handicap accessible?
A:
Our carriages pull up to a boarding platform in the Big Red Barn which is almost level with the carriages. There is a bit of a gap to step over, but we have a ramp leading to the platform, and we can assist as needed.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my service animal with me on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
Absolutely. We can accommodate service animals with advance notice. Please specify if you would like to bring a dog in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring a stroller on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
We cannot accommodate strollers on the carriage itself, however, we can safely keep your walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, or strollers at the barn while you enjoy your tour until you return.
Apr 2021
Q:
What if the weather is bad on the date of my Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
We do go out in the rain unless the weather is dangerous. If it does rain we recommend wearing a rain jacket or poncho, as the rain will come in on the sides of the carriage. Umbrellas are not allowed.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are carriages covered during the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
Yes, our carriages are covered, which offers shade during sunny weather and some protection from rain–but if it’s raining hard, you may get wet.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my dog with me on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:
We can accommodate a dog with advance notice. Please specify if you would like to bring a dog in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Apr 2021

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Mary_r
, Jun 2021
Our tour was cancelled, because of weather that was coming hours later,with short notice and we think we only got half money back. Refund has not been confirmed. Very disappointed as we had a party of 6
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Severely rain shortened.
Kevin_J
, Jun 2021
Started raining hard 5 minutes into the ride. No rain check or partial refund. Nice facility and they let us wait out the rain in the carriage house.
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star-5
Loved it!
Brenda_S
, Jun 2021
We did the 35 min. tour and would probably do the hr. tour next time. Our guide, Gaye read great and very knowledgeable!
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Enjoyedvit
Denise_W
, Jun 2021
We really enjoyed Scott and Abba. The tour was extremely nice. We hope to do it again soon. We would like to take the hour long tour.
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Family carriage ride
wfitz5
, Jun 2021
Dana was fantastic. Great historian and she made everything really funny and fun!! Very safe driver.
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Harmony the high stepping horse
Janice_P
, May 2021
The guide was informative and the horse Harmony was very delightful . We love the history portion of the trip even tho I think the slave trade portion was left out because of the African Americans on tour
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Too Short
Dwayne
, May 2021
Great curator that was very knowledgeable and had a wonderful since of humor. She was also very knowledgeable about the team she was driving however I was disappointed how short the tour was for the amount of money thought it would be at least an hour maybe an hour and a half
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star-5
Great experience getting an overview of the history of downtime Charleston!
Barbara_K
, May 2021
Our driver Ban was very knowledgeable, answered our questions, was very friendly and made the tour very enjoyable! It was our 1st time in Charleston & 1st time ever on a horse & carriage ride! I highly recommend it!
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Too quick
Val
, May 2021
Our guide was very nice and informative, but I felt the tour was too short and didn’t really give enough history facts or stories.
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star-5
Great experience and informative
Cristina_R
, May 2021
Great experience, fast and easy booking. The only thing I disliked was the amount of people in one carriage at once, was pretty squished and uncomfortable. I do understand they try to tour as many people as possible during the day. Overall, the guide was informative and professional and we enjoyed the ride. 10/10 would recommend if you’re looking for something to do! I will book again for sure.
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