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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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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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Storybook Adventure
Margaret_G
, May 2022
Beautiful day to go on a Carriage tour. Our tour guide, Chris knows his history of Charleston. The architecture, the flowers and trees felt like you were in a story book. Great time! Our leader, CASH.., did a superb job! What a beautiful horse with a sassy personality! Take this tour!! It will leave you with a smile and great memories.
star-5
Our guide was super...
Christi_S
, May 2022
Our guide was super informative and interactive. The stops along the route and the stories really brought Charleston to life for us!
icon Response from Host , May 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
A great way to see the...
RICHARD_L
, May 2022
A great way to see the Historic District. It's well worth your time and money. Book early to get the time you want.
icon Response from Host , May 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
Must do!
Karen_b
, May 2022
Excellent tour, guide was very knowledgeable, great personality, sites were amazing, great way to tour the city. Company was very efficient
star-5
Great Charleston history lesson
Pam_B
, May 2022
We had a great narrated trip. Rex was our horse. Tom was our driver. He was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of Charleston’s history. Would recommend doing this tour.
star-5
This was fun! Good guide,...
Luann_N
, May 2022
This was fun! Good guide, Carol, was very informative, knew a lot of history and made this a fun event! Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 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
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Negative thoughts for the...
Linda_F
, May 2022
Negative thoughts for the guide. I felt like I was in class with a rude teacher telling me how stupid I was about history.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi, I am distressed to hear that you had a negative experience and want to make this right. We can provide another Old South experience on a complimentary basis. Please contact me when convenient so we can resolve this matter to your satisfaction. Again, our apologies for the experience and sincere thanks for providing your honest feedback. Scott B. Old South Carriage Co. Guest Relations Manager 843-723-9712
star-5
Recommended Tour
Diana_W
, May 2022
Great tour guide Amanda who was informative and fun. We also had the original route #1 which was great.
icon Response from Host , May 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-5
Great tour
Paul_B
, May 2022
Our docent was great Knew her stuff very personable Thoughly enjoyed our tour so much history in Charleston. Our first visit
star-3
Meh
Corena_B
, May 2022
Unfortunately, the tour guide didn’t give the best tour. There were too many stops and stories that were hard to follow and we missed seeing a lot of Charleston due to traffic and the stops. She awkwardly reprimanded me for asking the people behind for a lunch recommendation.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello, we are so sorry you did not have a great tour experience. Our mission is to provide a fun and entertaining tour to every guest. I would like for you to contact me so we may discuss how to remedy the situation. We appreciate you choosing Old South Carriage Company. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager 843-723-9712
star-5
Lil Wayne show us the town
Gian_B
, May 2022
Lil Wayne & Megan were great. We had a great tour and enjoyed hearing about Charleston history and seeing some great houses on Le Grange. Interesting process of the lottery to determine what route we would take.
star-5
Historical.
Amy_D
, May 2022
All the stops and stories that go along with them. It's a very historical city. Our good made it fun with good stories.
star-4
I wish we could have...
Amy_G
, May 2022
I wish we could have chosen our tour. The one we went on was just okay. Our tour guide had a great personality and was very knowledgeable, but he talked fast so it was hard to follow him.
star-5
Fun way to see Charleston!
Sarah_A
, May 2022
Our tour guide did a wonderful job describing fun and interesting facts about the city. Would definitely recommend as a great way to learn more about Charleston and get a chance to take a horse and carriage ride.
star-5
Charleston Carriage Tour
Sheila_M
, May 2022
Tom was a great guide and historian!! His horse Eli did awesome!! The Old south Carriage Company was very organized and clean!!
icon Response from Host , May 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
Our guide was very...
Allyson_B
, May 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the city and very friendly. The tour was an amazing way to see the city
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for choosing Old South to tour this amazing historic city! We appreciate the kind words. We hope to see y’all again in the future. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
star-5
Just right!
Kenya_B
, May 2022
The tour was only an hour, but it was just enough information. Our tour guide was awesome. Ben is a great horse. The stories were interesting and engaging.
icon Response from Host , May 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-1
Nauseating experience.
Nancy_G
, May 2022
Our guide spent the entire time trying to convince us that the “ south” was not so bigoted as people think and then proceeded to say racist and bigoted things about native Americans, African Americans, women, “ large women” etc etc. his entire talk got old very fast and the discomfort on the carriage was notable. He said he started the job in high school and I believe he has repeated the same tired BS for at least 10-15 years. Move on buddy!!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi, thank you for your input. Our company has been giving tours for nearly forty years. If any customer is not satisfied. We want to hear about it. Please reach out to me so we may discuss how to remedy the situation. We appreciate you choosing Old South Carriage Company. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager 843-723-9712
star-5
Carriage Tour
Kim_H
, May 2022
Our guide, Drake Silliman was exceptional. Very knowledgeable on Charleston’s history and humorous to boot! Enjoyed the tour.
star-5
Enjoyed our tour
Alisha_W
, May 2022
We had a wonderful time with Bill and Moose. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed his humor as well. Definitely worth the money and we highly recommend this tour of Charleston history.

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