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Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston provided by Palmetto Carriage Works

Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 01/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 01/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
If you’re a big history buff or just want to make your way around Charleston’s historic district without walking miles on foot, then opt for this guided tour. Travel around in a horse-drawn carriage as your guide tells you fun facts about the city’s past. Plus, multiple tour times and a short duration time make it easy to fit this tour into your busy schedule.
  • You'll start at
    6 Guignard St
    6 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    We are the Big Red Barn!
    See address & details
  • 1
    Charleston City Market
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Palmetto Carriage Works
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Joe Riley Waterfront Park
    Battery & White Point Gardens
    Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
    Rainbow Row
  • You'll end at
    6 Guignard St
    6 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    We are the Big Red Barn!
    See address & details
  • Learn about the old-fashioned charm and history of Charleston from your guide
  • Cover several blocks of the city on a horse-drawn carriage to save time
  • Multiple tour times available to fit your busy schedule 
  • Easy-to-find meeting spot for your convenience
What to Expect
Meet your guide in central Charleston. Once you check in, hop aboard an old-fashioned, horse-drawn carriage (it’s covered overhead, so do keep in mind that the tour happens rain or shine). Ride through Charleston’s historic area, learning about the history of some of its old mansions as you ride along. Your guide points out other key places such as Charleston City Market and the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon. Hear fascinating stories about the city, including pirate raids, the American Civil War, plantations, and even the Revolutionary War. Your tour ends back at the departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
6 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 1-hour Horse Drawn Carriage Ride of Historic Charleston
  • Professional Guide
  • Learn about buildings, history, architecture, flora, and the people that make up the “Holy City”
  • See a mixture of houses, gardens, mansions, churches, and parks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Tammy A wrote a review 19 Oct
Dickson, Tennessee55 contributions40 helpful votes
Was shocked when we were put on the carriage and they did not socially distance the passengers. The driver also told everyone they did not have to wear their masks. He had a pleasant personality but his historical information was not always accurate and mostly his personal
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Date of experience: October 2020
jason i wrote a review 11 Oct
Lincoln, New Hampshire9 contributions2 helpful votes
Excellent way to see historic downtown Charleston. Tour guide was professional, & knowledgeable of local history.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Melanie K wrote a review 10 Oct
1 contribution
We enjoyed seeing & learning about all the historical places. Our guide was so informative & alot of fun!! Definitely would recommend.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Brad J wrote a review 10 Oct
3 contributions
The carriage ride was just as advertised. It is a great way to get a high level overview of the downtown area. I would recommend. It was interesting to learn that the carriage rides are regulated by local authorities. There are three routes and each carriage is assigned a
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Date of experience: October 2020
Kathy W wrote a review 8 Oct
Defiance, Iowa18 contributions3 helpful votes
The tour guide was very informative. I would have liked to see more than one historic Street. It appears the city controls the tours. I was a little disappointed especially since we drove 2 hours to get there.
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About the operator

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By: Palmetto Carriage Works
Madison S
Historical Tour of Charleston
My friend used this same company and highly recommended! My mom and I had a wonderful time throughout our tour! You
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Wonderful experience
The carriage ride was a highlight of our trip. We had a wonderful tour guide and all had an amazing time.
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Charleston Carriage Ride
We chose the private carriage ride with another friend couple and the tour guide was knowledgeable but talked the w
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Brittney C
Awesome Experience
My mom, sister and I really enjoyed our carriage ride through the city. It was a fun way to explore the city and we
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Nice Experience
Josh (tour guide and driver) and Judge (the horse) did a great job on the tour. Very informative and enjoyable to r
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Monica and Millhouse--Great Combo
Monica was awesome and not only did we learn about Charleston history but we were treated to excellent service and
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Great time
This was my fourth time to Charleston. I love the history of the city. My 2nd carriage ride. Our tour guide Brianne
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Great Ride!
Our tour was fantastic through the Meeting Street area of downtown. We saw an area we weren’t familiar with and pro
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The trip was relaxing and the staff was very knowledgeable! Enjoyed the tour and would like go again and tour anoth
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Mother/Daughter Trip
These people are legit! James 'Jim' Brain was phenomenal and the energy in the barn was calm, which is great for th
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Great ride around down town Charleston, SC
Great carriage ride with very informative tour director. Recommend this city ride for everyone. It was great to see
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Best carriage ride ever!
Our guide was funny and knowlegeable. He knew his history and made learning it easy. Our mules names were Rhyme a
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Cutest tour perfectly tailored to our group
We booked a private tour for a bachelorette party, and it was the perfect way to see Charleston's neighborhoods and
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Our guide was great!
We took the carriage ride through the “residential” area of Charleston. Our guide was knowledgeable about the histo
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Do it ! Worth the money, very enjoyable.
Really enjoyed the private carriage ride. It was on my wifes bucket list. She is a huge Hallmark fan and her heal
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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