Guided tour

Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

4.8 / 5

82 reviews

Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

From US$ 45 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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Free cancellation
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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.
  • Services of a guide
  • Horse-drawn carriage tour
  • Use of restrooms
    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

    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 82 reviews

    Review summary

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    The rides go to different places. If you want to see the houses along the battery area. You might have to specifically request going there. The city gives each carriage ride a particular route. It might be hard to see the areas you preferred. I would have valued the ride higher if we had gone to the other houses.

    October 19, 2021

    Our guide made the tour amazing. He was so fun and helped bring the history to life as we strolled down meeting street. Full of information or any questions the group had. The carriage tour was a great way to sit back, relax, and unwind all while taking in all of the city’s deep rooted history

    October 11, 2021

    Janice was a wonderful tour guide!!! She was very friendly, funny and fed me with so much information on the history of Charleston!! So much so that my husband and I are already wanting to plan another trip back!! There is so much to see and learn in your beautiful city!!

    August 1, 2021

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