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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

By Old South Carriage Company
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Follow the history of the South Carolina port city of Charleston, which dates back more than 300 years, on a horse-drawn carriage tour. Save time by seeing the main highlights of the city’s past, including those from the Civil War era, from a comfortable perch as you travel across 30 blocks of the historic district.
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Ages 4-99, max of 16 per group
Duration:
1h
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Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Learn about 300 years of Charleston history in just one hour
  • Cover 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) while resting your feet on a carriage ride 
  • Multiple departure times offered to fit your busy sightseeing schedule 
  • Children three and under are free when they sit on a parent's lap

  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Old South Carriage Company
What's not included
  • Gratuities

For this tour of South Carolina’s oldest city, arrive at the Old South Carriage Company at 14 Anson Street about 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time to check in. Climb into a carriage led by a horse and guide. The horse pulling your carriage is the same kind of draft horse that worked American farms in the 1800s, adding to the authenticity. During the tour, your carriage whisks through 30 blocks of the city’s historic area, about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers). Pass by antebellum mansions, old churches, and historical homes, such as the former residence of South Carolina governor William Aiken Jr. Your guide revisits more than 300 years of history, and you’ll learn about the city’s founding and its role in the Civil War. Cover the historical district without getting tired from walking or having to arrange transportation. Your tour ends back at Old South Carriage Company.

Departure details
  • 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
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6656RIDE

  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour
  • Public carriage tours are seated up to 100% capacity, full capacity consists of up to 16 passengers with 4 guests seated per row.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6656RIDE

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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
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    Old South Carriage Company
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    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.
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    Pass by
    Charleston City Market
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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* Star & Prince*
This carriage tour was very entertaining. The driver was a young woman named Star & the horses name was Prince & th
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Great Experience
Such a great experience! Our Tour guide David was such a wealth of knowledge. He made it a fun and so enjoyable!
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V6471LOlisar
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Carriage tour
Excellent tour - Madison the guide was fantastic - very knowledgeable, relaxed and fun. Excellent overview to Charl
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Haunted Carriage Tour
We had a great experience and enjoyed the local scenery and history our coach driver shared. Best way to see Charle
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Excellent and great value!
Excellent value and lots of fun for a beautiful and interesting ride. Madison was our tour guide and driver! She d
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The JLo tour
JLo was awesome…. Both of them. An incredible time and learned so much on our that was fascinating! Thanks to u b
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Brian R
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Unhaunted Horse Ride
Boring and not haunted at all. More of a history lesson which was interesting. Annoying Karen next to us. Seats wer
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Relaxing, entertaining and wonderful guide.
Shannon was such a joy! She has a winning smile, attitude and is an amazing story teller. We thoroughly enjoyed our
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Awesome time
Levi, our “guide”, was great! The staff here is very personable and knowledgeable! We did the ghost tour and dayl
Travelcur
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This is scary, y'all!
Our tour guide Shannan, who looks like a Miss America contestant but with MORE personality, and her sweet horse Moo
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Touring Charleston After Dark
Madison was our driver and a very knowledgeable tour guide. We had taken this Haunted Carriage Tour before but she
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Haunted Charleston carriage ride
While the carriage ride was very enjoyable, the event was billed as a night time “haunted” ride and yet there was b
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Lots of fun
We took the haunted carriage ride last night with our guide Austin and horse Johnny Cash. Both were excellent! It w
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A Magical Experience
A hands down best thing to do in Charleston for visitors or locals! You get to slow down and see this beautiful his
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Great ride
Star was the best guide I have ever seen. She was knowledgeable and funny. She kept the people engaged. She truly w
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Betty M
Hopatcong, NJ1 contribution
My husband and I took his mom on the 1 hour historic carriage ride on Aug 13th for her birthday. John was our tour guide, and Rowdy was the big beautiful Belgian horse pulling our carriage. Everything about our experience was excellent, beginning with the convenient (non-affiliated) parking right across the street from the stable. Upon entering the stable, our party was easily checked in. There was a small area with a TV monitor playing a professional video about the tour and the horses. We had acces to a restroom, and water was available. On one side of the front of the stable were the carriages, neatly lined up. On the other side, there were stalls with the horses being prepared for their day's work. It was fun to watch them being outfitted with their gear then brought over and hitched up to their carriages. The grooms, as well as the rest of the staff, were professional and obviously had respect for the animals they work with. After Rowdy was hitched up by the groom, and before we were invited to enter the carriage, John inspected all the tack and connections to the carriage. I appreciated his care for safety. Parties were then invited to walk up a ramp and easily walk onto the carriage. I later saw that carriages from other companies had to be accessed from a ladder on the street. At Old South, the horse is quite secure in the barn with a bar and a bucket of water in front of him. The ramp allowed very easy and safe access, even to the patrons with mobility issues. Once aboard, our tour began. It was clear from the very beginning that horse and rider had an easy and relaxed rapport. John started out by telling us a bit of Rowdy's history before transitioning to the history of the area. John was very nice, funny and very knowledgeable. He happily answered everyone's questions along the way too. We all really enjoyed the tour and would go again. As an animal lover, Old South impressed me with their obvious love and care for their horses. These animals were the right breeds for the job (Belgians and Percherons), unlike some other companies that were not using draft horses to pull carriages loaded up with several rows of 3 to 4 good sized people each. Plus, Old South's horses are back at their barn after a tour while other companies horses and carriages were waiting on the street and soliciting business from passersby. All in all, Old South takes excellent care of their hard working horses, employs excellent tour guides, and I highly recommend them.
Written August 14, 2021
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Debbie C
Hi Betty, thank you very much for your kind words! We appreciate you and your family joining us on a Carriage Tour, and for taking the time to see how we implement our safety measures and the love and care that goes toward our horses. We have the best staff, both equine and human! Thank you again for joining us, we very much so look forward to seeing y'all again soon in Charleston.
Written August 15, 2021
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alexandra m
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We had the best time touring Charleston with Old South Carriage Company. I highly recommend doing one of these tours the first day you are in town because everything the tour guide points out and shares with you, you will want to go and explore it once the tour is over. Our tour guide was amazing, you could tell he was extremely passionate about the city and wanted to share that passion with us. We fell in love with Charleston and will absolutely be recommending this tour to friends and family who visit in the future.
Written September 12, 2022
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Scott B
Hello, thank you for taking the time and letting us know how your tour went! It has been our goal for the last 39+ 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
Written September 12, 2022
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Diane C
Colonia, United States6 contributions
Tuesday, November 9th, 11 am tour. My husband and I enjoyed seeing Charleston by carriage. Unfortunately, I was seated in the last row, which would otherwise have been fine. Right from the beginning, I asked the guide to speak a little louder, he just laughed and continued to speak in the same manner. Should have switched carriages right then and there but didn't want to be rude. Not too enjoyable paying for a guided tour of a beautiful city when you cannot hear anything.
Written November 12, 2021
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HRHmum
New Hartford, NY267 contributions
This is a nice way to get a feel for a section of the city. Horse and carriage were great, comfortable and felt controlled and safe. The drawback is that the City makes them do random draws for what part of the city each group gets to see and we drew the boring Route 5. The set up is that you pay, board the carriage and drive around the block to get the "randomized " route assignment so by the time you learn you got the crappy route, your are already rolling along and stuck. Our driver was pleasant and knowledgable but was a low-talker so the back 2 rows (our group of 6) didn't hear a lot of what he was sharing. $100 a couple plus a tip makes this an expensive gamble for a bad luck of the draw.
Written May 18, 2022
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Scott B
I am so sorry our tour didn't work out for you. Yes all carriage companies have their route chosen for them by the cities lottery based system as to spread the carriages out throughout the historic district. The good part is you can do multiple tours and get a complete different experience! Thank you for choosing Old South Carriage Co. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
Written May 21, 2022
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Michele Stephens
Knoxville, TN36 contributions
I really like this company and they were so accommodating to us having to change numbers did people and times. I have done this tour several times and loved it. This time we had our 4 year grandson with us and our tour guide “Big Mike” went into graphic details about the “spirits” what they looked like and great detail how the mad hatter went after children all the while looking and speaking directly to a four year old. He never even referenced the drawing that was made up of hats. Nor the blue door part of boohags rather concentrating on what they looked like, etc. Not sure why he chose to be so graphic with past tour guides had never gone to such graphic detail. I wouldn’t ever recommend taking children on the haunted tour. Big Mike certainly was not self aware of his audience or didn’t care.
Written April 28, 2022
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Scott B
Hello, I am so sorry to hear of your experience. We pride ourselves on giving wonderful tours throughout our beautiful city. Please call me to discuss as I want to help correct the situation. Scott B. Old South Carriage Co. Guest Relations Manager 843-723-9712
Written April 29, 2022
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Kosmo
San Diego, CA5 contributions
I was underwhelmed by the experience. The website does say that the City of Charleston assigns the routes to the carriages once the tour has begun. However, despite what the tour guide and web site say, not all routes are created equal. Ours was a very plain route that did not go south of Broad Street or anywhere near the water. So it really comes down to a matter of luck. I would probably recommend a walking tour to ensure you get to see the major sites and hear their stories.

I also felt our guide was lacking. He covered very little of the actual history of Charleston and mostly just chit chatted with the first row. Maybe he was bored with the route and didn't want to talk about things we were not going to see. While walking around the city, I heard several other guides going into far greater detail about the city as they passed us in their carriages.

All this being said, I felt it was a very professionally run organization and that the animals were well taken care of. If you want to just ride in a horse drawn carriage, then this tour will suffice. if you want to learn a lot about Charleston, then you might be rolling the dice.
Written June 27, 2021
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Cyclonegup
Michigan223 contributions
After reading many of the preceding reviews, I guess I’m a bit of a contrarian. We were excited about seeing historic Charleston from a horse drawn carriage. Obviously, we knew we wouldn’t be able to see the entire area in a one hour tour, but hoped to see the highlights. Upon boarding the carriage our guide informed us that we would be taking one randomly assigned tour route from 25 possibles! Apparently, the city wants to control carriage traffic. Understandable. But don’t slice and dice the historic district cutting out some highlights from some tours. The logical answer is to offer fewer, longer tours. As it is, $35 per person for one hour of a partial city tour is too much.
Written March 17, 2021
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Odyssey550480
1 contribution
Our guide was Bill and our horse was Bill!
We enjoyed both Bill’s but we were disappointed in the route and the tour itself because it turned out to be more of perhaps a neighborhood stroll. Bill was very knowledgeable regarding the homes and yards, maybe a bit more information about the Charleston home architecture than we really needed to learn. We could have scheduled an architectural tour if we were that interested. This tour lacked interesting folklore!
We did have 3 children and 3 teens. It would have been good to know before booking that we would get the luck of the draw in terms of routes and content.
I also would like to say that paying $40 for ages 4-5-6 was highly over priced as the content provided them zero interest.
The company was highly organized and all staff we encountered were very courteous.
I have a hard time saying I would do again and/or recommend to friends because of the fact that you are unaware of what you’d get for the money paid.
Written June 17, 2022
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Scott B
Thanks, every 1 Hour Residential Carriage Tour goes through the city gate and gets assigned a zone 1-5. That tour gets to explore that zone of historic downtown Charleston for the next hour so when you come back to town, you very well may experience a whole new tour route! Thanks for riding with us and sharing your feedback. Scott B. Guest Relations Manager
Written June 19, 2022
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lucky1135
Bethlehem, PA166 contributions
What a delightful overview of this beautiful city. Our driver Bree and horse Jim were a blast. Bree not only did the tour guide "spiel" but made lots of personal observations and short stories to make this trip feel very personal and intimate. A definite must do in Charleston.
*** Make sure you understand the unique Charleston authority rules regarding the tour itinerary - the guides do NOT know which route they will be allowed to take until they stop at the 'guard' house, so don't have expectations of the exact area you will see.
Written October 8, 2021
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Justin C
1 contribution
I moved to Charleston about a year ago now and have taken roughly 15 carriage tours. I tried Carolina Polo, Palmetto Carriage Works, and Charleston Carriage Works. Old South is, without a doubt, the best company on the Peninsula. Our tour guide, Brian was insanely knowledgeable and as many tours as I have done it's crazy how many new and interesting things I learned on his tour. He was funny and respectful too. His facts challenge the norm of what we are taught and actually makes you think. I was a little skeptical about some things but my family and I went home and verified his facts to be accurate. We enjoyed his tour so much that we go back to Old South almost monthly and every time we have friends and family visit. Everyone we have ever brought on Brian's tours absolutely loves it and always wants me to book tours with him next time the visit. I'm glad that Old South doesn't make the guides stick to an approved script. The other companies obviously do which makes it pretty boring. I cant wait for our next ride! Hoping to get route 4 this time! Still haven't been able to see that one yet.
Written February 25, 2022
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