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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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Live guide: English
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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.

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  • 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
End:This activity ends back at the meeting 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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.

    The tour operator has provided the following answers to customers’ questions.
    Where does the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour depart from?
    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.
    Answered Apr 2021
    Is parking available for the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
    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.
    Answered Apr 2021
    How early should I arrive for the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
    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.
    Answered Apr 2021
    Can I bring my young child with me on the Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour?
    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.
    Answered Apr 2021

    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

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    • 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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      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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      Charleston City Market
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    • Old South Carriage Company
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      Joined in August 2008
    • elisecZ7206YY
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great time and experience
      Learning the haunted history of Charleston was great. Also got to learn about the horses pulling the carriages. Was a very fun experience!
      Written June 20, 2024
    • meghanb937
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Shannon and Brian- night riders
      Shannon and Brian provided an unforgettable ghost tour! Brian provided so much enjoyment and entertainment on the tour. Shannon was very informative and made it so much fun! Learned a lot about the haunted history of Charleston. It is a must do at night in Charleston!
      Written June 19, 2024
    • maggiey440
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So fun and informative
      Our tour guide Shannan was fantastic! She knew how to perfectly balance the ghost stories with the history of Charleston. Our horse Ron was also amazing. He had to deal with a tough situation with a motorcyclist and was able to remain calm. 10/10 would recommend!
      Written June 19, 2024
    • johnhI7507DH
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Tour!
      Great tour! My girlfriend and I very much enjoyed this tour. Getting to experience the horse drawn carriage as well as seeing the beautiful sites of Charleston, all while hearing about its dark and sorrowful past.
      Written June 17, 2024
    • Heather B
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Haunted carriage ride.
      If you’re looking to see more of historical Charleston during a ghost tour, this is the way to go. We debated taking a walking tour, but eventually decided on doing this. Zero regrets! Christina kept us entertained recounting paranormal experiences whether they were her own or from someone who had shared their own personal haunting with her. She also tied in good historical background to the tales. She was so animated and had a fun vibe! She even took a vested interest in viewing a photo our younger daughter had taken earlier in the week capturing suspicious images in the shadows. Christina’s genuine intrigue made our daughter’s week! Rowdy wasn’t spooked one bit as he carried us through the streets. These draft horses are treated like royalty, as they should be! We also did a day tour on a different day. Two completely different experiences. Glad we did both. It was well worth the money.
      Written June 15, 2024
    • peggygQ4376PK
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Christina and Rowdy Rock It!
      Absolutely fabulous ghost carriage tour! Rowdy was our Belgium draft horse. He once worked as a tractor for the Amish. For the 2,000 lb. horse, pulling our carriage was a piece of cake. Christina had great ghost stories. Definitely would recommend!
      Written June 14, 2024
    • pamdS9155FD
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Too expensive
      We enjoyed the tour, it was very relaxing. However, it was very short definitely not worth the price we paid for 37 minutes.
      Written May 31, 2024
    • jillianmZ7204QY
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thank you Kat and Moore
      Kat and Moose were amazing! Kat kept it formal with occasional jokes, and Moose was the sweetest thing! Thank you! -Jillian and Jonna
      Written May 30, 2024
    • meloniek647
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Disappointed
      I was very disappointed. We arrived before anyone, but were called last to be seated. Being last, the guide began giving pertinent information before we could be seated. So we missed out on that. During the tour, I could only hear half of what the guide was saying…because we were in the very back
      Written May 28, 2024
    • Neillibin
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great haunted carriage ride
      Christine and Mac gave us a great tour of the haunted side of Charleston. We enjoyed the history and stories that she shared. Mac did a great job driving the carriage full of his guests. This town has some really interesting stories about the people who lived here and now haunt it.
      Written May 28, 2024
    • gypsygirl425
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So much fun!
      We had a great time on our haunted carriage tour! We did the 9:30 pm tour so it was nice and spooky. The guide was knowledgeable and they treat their horses with such respect! I would not hesitate to recommend this tour company!
      Written May 28, 2024
    • 584marshallj
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent Storytelling!
      Garrett and Owen were fantastic! The former is an excellent storyteller, and the latter should absolutely be employee of the month
      Written May 15, 2024
    • sarahrQ5125VS
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Well worth it!
      Very informative and entertaining! Our guide, Christina, was great, and the QR code allowed us to follow along. Our horse, Price, was great!
      Written May 14, 2024
    • Thruball90
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must do activity
      A trip to Charleston would not be complete without a carriage ride! My spouse & I had taken one a few years prior & convinced the group it was worth it. It is also the best way to see the sights if you need to rest your weary legs… Our driver, Terry, entertained us the entire route. Well versed in the history, both current & present. Supposedly, we had the 1A(?) route that was considered the best? It did take you along Rainbow Row & Battery Park & other sites I have unfortunately forgotten. Carriage routes are limited to traffic so as not to cause chaos in the area. Upon the start of your tour, you will pull up to a small booth where a golf ball(?) is dropped into a carnival game(there is a name for it & it escapes me) & your route is chosen. I think any route is fine…as an aside, I was tired & sat by that booth the next day…every driver for every vendor, no matter the selection, said it was the best route. Honestly, you can’t go wrong…it is just an awesome way to tour… After the tour, when asked, Terry provided us many selections on where to go for refreshments & refueling. He was on point! Additionally, & we didn’t on this trip, I would highly recommend the trip to Fort Sumter.
      Written May 14, 2024
    • jill08082017
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour!
      This was one of the best things I did in Charleston! I can say for sure the graveyard at Circular church is haunted. I even went back the following night to walk around the graveyard. I captured multiple pictures of green orbs. My husband thought it was just my camera, but his came up with the same orbs. They varied it size and shape. Really cool experience.
      Written May 9, 2024
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    Cyclonegup
    Michigan225 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    Betty M
    Hopatcong, NJ1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Josh T
    Athens, PA116 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2020 • Couples
    My girlfriend and I recently did this tour of Charleston and enjoyed it. We got to see all the main points of interest and the guide did a great job explaining the history of the city. They are located next to a market place so we enjoyed checking that out after the tour. They had some great local vendors with handcrafted items. The only drawback was we sat in the back of the carriage and had difficulty hearing the guide at times. This is an open carriage tour so you get to hear all the sounds of the city too such as commercial trucks, construction, etc. A voice amplifier might not be a bad idea. They don’t offer parking either so you’ll have to find a metered spot for $2 an hour or there was a small parking lot down the block for $10 a day. Parking wasn’t hard to find when we visited but it may be during busier times of the year. Overall, this was a good trip and I would recommend it to anyone.
    Written January 1, 2021
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    So sorry that you occasionally had a hard time hearing, unfortunately the City will not allow us to use amplification devices. So glad to hear that you still had a good time!
    Written January 4, 2021
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    ALMALIKA A
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    My friend and I did this tour with Rivers (our driver) and Jordan, the gorgeous horse. This was one of several tours we did in Charleston and while all of the guides are great, Rivers was our favorite. Rivers is highly entertaining. He is hilarious and extremely knowledgeable about Charleston and combines humor and history in the perfect way to really keep the customers engaged. We were laughing the entire hour and it flew by quickly. We were fortunate to go to a part of the city we had not previously seen on our own or on any walking tour we did. (We passed by the old city jail during our tour with Rivers and Jordan and Rivers told us that tours of the jail were available so immediately after our carriage ride we went to book a tour of the jail.) Note, the city tells the drivers which area to tour as they depart the meeting point so the route changes and you won't know until your tour which area of the city you'll see. Rivers put his history degree and love of Charleston to excellent use and gave us the best and most entertaining history tour of Charleston we did. Doing the tour in a horse-drawn carriage is so very appropriate while listening to the history of Charleston's horse-drawn carriage era. I absolutely recommend doing this tour with Rivers and Jordan. You won't regret it.
    Written January 20, 2020
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    Luv2travel
    Kitchener, Canada535 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    This would have been a more enjoyable experience for me if I hadn't had a cold and could have been more attentive. The three people who were with me enjoyed it better. I don't remember our guide's name and probably wouldn't share it anyway, but she was a bit rude and sarcastic. First of all, when she asked us to share where we were from, she skipped our row and came back to us because I called out our location out of turn (I hadn't heard that part because - you know, not hearing well at the mo). Secondly, she would comment/complain about other drivers who weren't living up to her expectations regarding sharing the road, etc. Those kinds of thoughts should probably be kept to herself to provide a more uplifting and positive experience. Our horse, whose name I also forget (sorry), was a bit faster than others, so we did get to see a bit more on our tour. We also covered a lot more ground and learned more than we'd have been able to do on foot on our own. I thought the price ($30 each) was fairly reasonable, even though when you figure in the currency exchange it boosts the price up.
    Written March 29, 2020
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    Vic S
    Greenville, SC412 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2020
    Had my brother in law in town, and a carriage ride touring the houses/various downtown areas of Charleston is a must. Old South does it right, and you get to watch the operation up close. You board (very well done) in the actual stables, so the kiddos will love being this close to the horses. But gotta keep little toes/little tykes under control as you are in working stables. Carol was our guide and the actual route you take is decided by lottery on the main street once loaded and beginning tour. The route we went on had lots of residential areas but not many churches or battery area.
    Carol did nice job of weaving older war history and famous structures with the aspects of modern Charleston living.. Thirty dollars a head, takes 45-1hr, and a great way to get an overview of the downtown historic district.
    Written June 30, 2020
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    Hey! Thanks for sharing your experience! We appreciate you taking the time to join us on a lovely carriage ride through Historic Downtown Charleston. We are proud of this city and believe the best way to experience it is by horse and carriage. Thanks again for joining us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
    Written July 4, 2020
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    Kosmo
    San Diego, CA24 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021
    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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    Amanda S
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020 • Couples
    Roe and Jake were great! Very hospitable, pleasant and informative. We really enjoyed the tour of Charleston. Roe had the right touch of humor and pleasantries with the information she provided. She really interacted and was interested in the guests.

    Unfortunately, we sat in the back row and it was hard at times to hear. I would highly recommend the guides wear a microphone or guests should sit up front.
    Written October 22, 2020
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    Elise M
    Round Lake Beach, IL89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    The Old South Tours are where it's at! For an extremely reasonable cost (and I tipped our guide) we had an hour tour of various parts of Charleston including churches, homes, businesses and all the descriptions of them. Our guide, Carol, drove our 12 person carriage with Jack as our workhorse. Carol was funny and informative, and answered questions when they came up.

    I would take this tour again in the hopes of going a different route as there are several that the carriages take.

    The best part is the stable location... less than a block from the Charleston Market and at least 10 restaurants. There is a paid parking lot across the street from the stable as well as limited on street free parking. Do it!
    Written January 5, 2020
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    Joe P
    Kingston, Canada184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    We had some time heading from Myrtle Beach to Jacksonville, so decided to stop in Charleston. Could only choose one thing to do and were glad we did. Guide was informative, so we learned lots we didn’t know about Charleston and saw some interesting homes and buildings. One thing to be aware of is that parking in the area is limited and expensive.
    Written March 7, 2020
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