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Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston

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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 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

Ride a horse-drawn carriage through the heart of historic Charleston on a guided tour through the heart of the city. Soak up the old fashioned charm of cobblestone streets lined with antebellum houses, lush gardens, and landmark churches as you listen to stories about Charleston history, architecture, and culture.
  • Carriage tour of Charleston
  • Several departures throughout the day
  • Learn about local history
  • Ideal choice for families
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1-hour Horse Drawn Carriage Ride of Historic Charleston
Professional Guide
Learn about buildings, history, architecture, flora, and the people that make up the “Holy City”
See a mixture of houses, gardens, mansions, churches, and parks
Gratuities
8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This tour begins in downtown Charleston, where you meet a knowledgeable driver-guide and settle into a carriage drawn by a pair of horses. 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.

This tour concludes at the original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Charleston City Market
Our Barn is located just off of the Charleston City Market. You will meet your certified tour guide here and then you will depart on your hour long horse or mule drawn carriage tour. The carriage will go through the City gate at the market where the tour guide is assigned a tour route. You will see about 30 blocks of the historic district which will include beautiful architecture, churches, buildings, gardens and more. The tour returns to the Big Red Barn.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palmetto Carriage Works
This is where you will meet your tour guide and your horse or mule drawn carriage.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Joe Riley Waterfront Park
Bright green public space overlooking the Charleston coast.
Pass By:  
Battery & White Point Gardens
Public Garden and outdoor space located in the Battery
Pass By:  
Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
Completed in 1771 as the New Exchange and Customs House, and recognized today as South Carolina's most historic building.
Pass By:  
Rainbow Row
The longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not 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 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston.
Q:
Where does the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston?
A:
Absolutely! This tour is fun for the whole family!
Apr 2021
Q:
How long is the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston?
A:
The carriage tour is approximately one hour long.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston?
A:
Charleston’s historic district is the 2nd largest in the world, so it would take hours to see all of it. There are 5 zones where your carriage tour might go – each one is full of fascinating history and beautiful homes, churches, and gardens.
Apr 2021
Q:
How many people does the carriage seat during the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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 Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic 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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It was excellent
Bridget_B
, Apr 2021
The carriage ride was a wonderful experience. Dayna, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable, friendly with a good sense of humor. Highly recommend the tour to others.
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Great job
Cathryn_h
, Apr 2021
The route of the tour and the knowledge that the guide shared . We enjoyed learning the traditions of the area.
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You need to do this.
Susan_B
, Apr 2021
We had a great tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and had lots of personality. It was also a picture perfect day. Glad we did it.
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Had a wonderful experience.
Betty_G
, Apr 2021
Easy to make a reservation. Fabulous carriage ride. Learned about the history, had laughs, felt safe, and overall great time.
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Great
Mandi_H
, Apr 2021
Our host was very nice and knowledgeable. It was a great experience. I would do it again if I come back to this area.
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LaShawn_W
, Apr 2021
It was superb, my tour guide knew his history and had a very interactive personality it was a great history lesson
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Great experience!
Patti_D
, Apr 2021
The carriage ride was very informative. We loved seeing all the beautiful homes and we were fortunate to get the Rainbow Row route. It was our favorite event we chose in Charleston.
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Knowledgeable
Leticia
, Apr 2021
Our guide was very knowledgeable. It was a cute way to see around town in great weather. We went early morning before it was very busy around.
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So amazing!
Jeanne_C
, Apr 2021
My sisters and I enjoyed our tour so very much. Our guide was Monica, and she is absolutely fantastic. So knowledgeable about the history of the area, friendly, and funny. So worth every penny!!
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Thankful for the Charleston hospitality!!
Beth_G
, Apr 2021
Enjoyed our tour guide very much, informative and funny!! We were a few minutes late!Parking! And 3 elderly companions and y’all waited!! We’re not small folks but it was fairly comfortable! All in all I would recommend your service again!!
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