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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.

Locations visited
Aiken-Rhett House
Joseph Manigault House
Historic Homes Walk
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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.

  • 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
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Reviewed yesterday
Awesome, as usual...

Took the tour on Saturday 9/22 with guide Will and horse Ron. This was the third time we have taken this tour. Each one has been exceptional. We live not too far away, and usually bring visitors on the tour. Will was really informative and...More

Thank BuckyRottweiler
Reviewed yesterday
Perfect in every way!

We had a fantastic time. This is THE way to see Charleston up close and personal. Will, our guide was exceptional! He not only knew all the points of interest, but when passengers asked him random questions, he answered with specifics and was just so...More

Thank Curiosity249640
Reviewed 2 days ago
Great Experience

With one hour tour, is the fastest way to get in love with this old city. To enjoy the archtechiture, to refresh the memory on history. Also those detail introduced, like the marble steps, the fence, the window, even the trees...Enjoyed the carriage tour very...More

Thank yubei1991
Reviewed 4 days ago
Great way to take in the history of this lovely city.

Arriving in Charleston in the week after hurricane Florence was due to hit we were lucky to share this lovely city with only a few tourists. We were told the carriage ride was a "must do" and were very pleased to relax and let our...More

Thank aussieos09
Reviewed 1 week ago
Nice rid

Friendly staff and We learned a lot about the history of Charleston and it was a relaxing way to see the city. Would do it again because you can’t see it all in one ride. Friendly staff and driver. Also gave us a senior discount...More

Thank Sue H
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6 September 2018|
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Response from caholland4444 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! they have a steps up to a plat form to seat you into the carriage, and back down again. The seats and ride were also very comfortable so I do not think this tour would be an issue for him.
29 August 2018|
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Response from BuckandNina | Reviewed this property |
You can do it also on-line on the Old South website. There are various discounts (senior, military, kids, etc.). You really do need to book ahead of time -- tours leave every hour and are usually full.
richard b
22 August 2018|
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Response from Ramona R | Reviewed this property |
I advise you call. Personally I doubt it will be allowed.
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