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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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iconOffered in: English
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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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1-Hour Horse & Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Charleston
Belgian or Percheron Draft Horse
Certified Driver/Guide
See Charleston highlights such as historically significant homes, churches and gardens
Hear stories of the city’s role in our nation's history from your certified guide
Gratuities
14 Anson St , 14 Anson St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Departure Point: Old South Carriage Address: 14 Anson St. Charleston, SC 29401 Dates: Daily - MUST check-in 15-minutes

This activity will end right where it started.
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 within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Old South Carriage
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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:
Where does the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour depart from?
A:Carriages board and depart from our stable at 14 Anson Street (one block north of the City Market). Our stable provides protection from the elements while you wait.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is parking available for the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
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:
How early should I arrive for the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:You MUST check in 15-minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. Failure to do so may result in your reservation being canceled without a refund.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my young child with me on the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:Yes, 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.
Apr 2021
Q:
How long is the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:The carriage tour lasts approximately an hour (50-60 mins.)
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour narrated?
A:Yes. Our tours are narrated by a certified guide. All of our guides who provide historic tours are required to be members of the Palmetto Guild, which indicates they have successfully passed a comprehensive examination on the history of Charleston.
Apr 2021
Q:
What will I see during the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:The tour covers about 30 blocks and 300+ years of history. Specific landmarks may vary, but all tours pass by sights including custom wrought iron gates, gardens, historic mansions with picturesque piazzas, and the church steeples of the “Holy City.”
Apr 2021
Q:
How many people does the carriage seat during the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:Our surrey-style carriages seat up to 16 passengers and our wagonette carriages seat up to 8 passengers
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring snacks/drinks with me on the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:Food is not allowed on the carriage, however, you may bring drinks with you. You can purchase bottled water at our offices before or after your tour.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring a stroller on the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:We cannot accommodate strollers on the carriage, however, you may store your stroller at our stable while you're on tour.
Apr 2021
Q:
What if the weather is bad on the date of my Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:We run our tours during rain, however, not during thunderstorms. If extended periods of inclement weather are forecasted, we may close for the day. If there is bad weather on your selected date, contact us at the number on your ticket to confirm.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are carriages covered during the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:Yes. The roof offers shade during sunny weather and some protection from rain–but if it’s raining hard, you will get wet. Lightweight ponchos are available for purchase at 14 Anson Street where you board your carriage.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my dog with me on the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
A:We welcome dogs of all sizes if they’re well-behaved. Smaller pups may ride in your lap, and larger dogs can sit in the front row.
Apr 2021
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.

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  • "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
  • "The starting location is an easy 10 minute walk from the cruise port and easy to find." See review

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star-5
Excellent customer...
Darla_G
, Aug 2022
Excellent customer service and professionalism! This was the second time we toured Charleston using Old South Carriage Historic Tour. Both times were wonderful with extremely knowledgeable guides. Hope to do it again in the future.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi, Thank you for this 5 star review. Our goal at Old South Carriage Co. is to give our guests a memorable experience of this beautiful city. I am thrilled we accomplished that for you. Come and see us in the future for another tour! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Entertaining history lesson
Diana_J
, Aug 2022
Very interesting historical information presented in an entertaining way, all while viewing gorgeous Charleston
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We are so thrilled you had a great experience. All of our certified tour guides are so passionate about our beautiful cities history. Thank you for choosing Old South Carriage Co. Scott B. Old South Carriage Co.
star-5
Church and old houses tour
Stacy_G
, Aug 2022
We learned a lot. It was relaxing and enjoyable. Our tour guide talked non-stop, so we didn't have the opportunity to ask questions. Other than that, it was great.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We appreciate you using Old South Carriage company to view our beautiful historic city. Come see us again in the future! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Awesome experience
Karla_B
, Aug 2022
Awesome experience, would definitely recommend Charleston's old South Carriage. Kate and the other tour guide were amazing. Lovely experience
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi, thank you for the review, we are so glad you had a great tour. We hope you join us again in the future. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Bill was a great horse!...
Ana_L
, Aug 2022
Bill was a great horse! So sweet and obedient. Our tour guide was also great and thorough! Took us through beautiful parts of town and saw great architecture! She was very knowledgeable!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, We are so glad to see you had a fun time with us on our Historic Carriage Tour. We hope the memories last a life time and you enjoyed your time with Old South Carriage Co. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Had a great time touring...
Dave_V
, Aug 2022
Had a great time touring and learning the history of Charleston. Janice was very knowledgeable and funny!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi, we are so glad you enjoyed your tour, are licensed tour guides are the best in the business, and of course historic Charleston is magnificent. Please visit us again in the future. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Great history tour of Charleston
Karen_P
, Aug 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Charleston. The tour was super interesting and we got to see all of the destinations I had heard about like rainbow row and the battery
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks so much for sharing your experience, glad you had a great time! We hope to see you again soon. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Family Gathering for Naval School Graduation
Valerie_C
, Aug 2022
Having the history of Charleston brought alive by the guide was worth its weight in gold. I thoroughly enjoyed learning so much about the homes and the city - our guide answered questions that I didn't even know I had! :) I would definitely recommend this to others visiting Charleston.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, We are so glad to see you had a fun time with us on our Historic Carriage Tour. We hope the memories last a life time and you enjoyed your time with Old South Carriage Co. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Great Tpur
Erin_D
, Aug 2022
Super informative and interesting. The guide was knowledgeable and funny. My group really enjoyed the experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We hope to see you again in the future for another tour! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Tourism activity
Maria_M
, Aug 2022
We did a 9 am ride. Best option no humidity not hot. It is pricey especially when paying for multiple people. But when you see how they care for the horses You can appreciate they fee. The horses are clean so sweet. Fed fresh water loved on. The stable is open you can see they are kept in clean areas and fed clean bay.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, thank you for taking the time and letting us know how your tour went! It has been our goal for the last 35+ years to show off our city in the best way we know how- by horse and carriage! Our amazing guides, beautiful horses, and comfortable carriages all add up to be the best way for friends and family to get to experience historic downtown Charleston. We are glad you enjoyed your tour, and thanks for choosing Old South Carriage Co. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-4
Trip to Charleston
Monique_H
, Aug 2022
It was a good ride, the information was okay. The hour went by quickly. We were glad we booked and evening tour
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi and thank you so much for this review, we love to hear that our patrons enjoyed their tour of our beautiful historic city by horse and carriage. Scott B. Guest relations manager
star-5
We had a great time.
gail
, Aug 2022
It was a fun ride. Kids loves the horses. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. It was an enjoyable way to get a feel for the city.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, we are glad you had a wonderful experience. We agree that we have the best licensed tour guides and ponies in the city!!! Come back and see us soon! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Great experience
Lanie_S
, Aug 2022
We were in town for my 50th birthday with friends and loved our experience. A great way to see Charleston and learn about the history of the beautiful city.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, we are glad you had a wonderful experience. We agree that we have the best licensed tour guides and ponies in the city!!! Come back and see us soon! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-4
Nice tour
Dawn_L
, Aug 2022
Friendly, informative learned a lot about Charleston.! A horse body did a great job at keeping us safe.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hey y’all, we so much appreciate your excellent review, Old South Carriage Companies mission is to provide a first class experience to all of our guests. Come back and see us soon! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
So fun!
Carmella_J
, Aug 2022
Our guide was so knowledgeable and super funny! He did a great job explaining the awesome history of Charleston. We will definitely do this again and hope we get a different route. Chip was basically the best horse ever.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, we are so glad you had a great experience on your tour of our amazing city! Please stop by again on your next visit. Thank you for choosing Old South Carriage Co. Scott B. Guest relations manager
star-5
Very fun tour
Nancy_C
, Aug 2022
Great guide, Billy! Very informative, humerous. Showed off many historic buildings and colorful history.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, We are so glad to see you had a fun time with us on our Historic Carriage Tour. We hope the memories last a life time and you enjoyed your time with Old South Carriage Co. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Entertaining and informative
Sapna_S
, Aug 2022
We enjoyed every minute! Went with my family and our friends (4 adults, 3 children) and we all found Carol highly knowledgeable and incredibly entertaining. How gorgeous was our Prince! (Horse who led us on the tour) I have visited Charleston before and use this company all the time. The service was friendly and efficient and the entire tour was great. I learn more about Charleston each time I go on this tour. Cannot recommend it enough
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi, Thank you for this 5 star review. Our goal at Old South Carriage Co. is to give our guests a memorable experience of this beautiful city. I am thrilled we accomplished that for you. Come and see us in the future for another tour! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Great info
Kathleen_W
, Aug 2022
Especially liked hearing the care of the horses! Great info on the historical homes! Guide was very friendly.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for the review. we love our beautiful ponies and our wonderful guides. Please come back and see us in the future. Scott B. Guest relations manager
star-5
Great tour!
Jennifer_B
, Aug 2022
Awesome tour with a wonderful guide. Definitely worth the price and lack of a/c for a truly Charleston experience!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We appreciate you using Old South Carriage company to view our beautiful historic city. Come see us again in the future! Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Wonderful guide and Leo....
LaVonne_W
, Aug 2022
Wonderful guide and Leo. Great views and stories. Different routes every ride. Nice to see these horses get an easier life in retirement.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello, thank you so much for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed it! We pride ourselves on giving wonderful tours since 1983! Take care and be safe. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager

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