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See Charleston S.C. in a Horse Drawn Carriage

December 9, 2014 by


Carriage rides are a traditional old Southern attraction and a unique way to tour Charleston, South Carolina. Carriages clippity-clop through the city and take visitors back in history to learn about antebellum mansions, churches, and more.


Charleston Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

History buffs enjoy Charleston Horse-Drawn Carriage rides with an entertaining guide dressed in Confederate uniform. These guides share historical facts, lore, and humor during a one hour carriage tour that covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic Charleston.

Their carriage tours use Percheron and Belgian draft horses and surrey-style carriages with four rows of seats that accommodate four people to a row. Carriages have canopy tops which provide shade for passengers and protection from the elements. For more information visit their website

East Bay Street Carriage

Palmetto Carriage Works Tours

Palmetto Carriage Works has the distinction of being the oldest carriage tour company in Charleston! Passengers aboard a Palmetto Carriage tour enjoy a mix of knowledge, wit, humor and history.

The one-hour tour lets riders experience 25-30 blocks of Charleston’s historic downtown district where you’ll enjoy gardens mansions, churches, and parks as they learn about history, buildings architecture, flora, and the people who make of this historic city.

Carriages load and unload in the Big Red Barn, which provides shade while you’re waiting for your carriage in the summertime. Here you’ll also have the opportunity to interact with their animals, use the restroom and buy a drink or snack before the tour.

For those who would prefer a more intimate ride with a smaller group, private tours are available. They also offer custom group tours. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

Old South Tours

Old south Carriage Company has been owned and operated by the same family since 1983. Stop by their stable at 14 Anson Street where tours begin.

They offer a number of tours including a one-hour historic residential tour, and a Combo Tour which combines their one-hour residential carriage tour with a 90-minute narrated SpiritLine Harbor Cruise. Visit their website to see the whole list of tours being offered.

Free Coupons are often available on these websites, so be sure to check for them before you make your reservations.

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  1. Ruby T. says:

    I would love to visit South Carolina. I think it has the right temperatures for me and I may not ever leave.

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