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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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2 adults
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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
    8 Guignard St
    8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Please meet us at 8 Guignard Street Charleston, SC 29401 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
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    Pass by
    Joe Riley Waterfront Park
    Battery & White Point Gardens
    Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
    Rainbow Row
  • You'll end at
    8 Guignard St
    8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Please meet us at 8 Guignard Street Charleston, SC 29401 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
8 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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@achrisman wrote a review 2 Dec
6 contributions
PERFECT way to start your Charleston experience. We learned and saw so much. Our guide, Van, was a history buff!!
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Date of experience: November 2020
suekimbo wrote a review Nov 2020
96 contributions4 helpful votes
Very nice ride. Our driver was very knowledgeable. The route is selected at time of ride so you do not have a choice where you go. This is with all the carriage rides.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Wendie B wrote a review Nov 2020
Lake Buena Vist11 contributions3 helpful votes
We were very pleased with our experience. We were somewhat nervous as this was our first adventure since COVID started. We called and spoke with AnneMarie, she walked us through what we could expect and gave us options. All staff were masked, floors were marked for social
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Date of experience: October 2020
Jsthon wrote a review Nov 2020
Cincinnati22 contributions17 helpful votes
My husband and I did a carriage tour, our tour guide was very well educated on the history of Charleston and gave us many interesting facts of Charleston both past and present day. We have done tours with this company in the past and it never disappoints! If you are in
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Kurt wrote a review Nov 2020
14 contributions3 helpful votes
Our guide and driver Josh was amazing. He talked non stop and was so informative. He answered all of our questions and we were so glad we chose this tour. It started with the owner taking our reservation he was great and it is obvious that customer service is very important to
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Date of experience: November 2020
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Palmetto Carriage Works
Good but couldn’t hear everything
Although we were in the last row and the their was a shield in front of us it was very difficult to hear the driver
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Must do, laid back, and accommodating!
Initially booked because of the many many positive reviews! We booked the day before without knowing what would hap
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Charleston Horse drawn carriage ride
Everyone was so nice and friendly! Our tour was super knowledgeable and funny. She talked the entire hour all about
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Perfect way to get introduced to Charleston
Very informative driver very interesting way to learn the history of Charleston! Great way to start your vacation!
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Carriage Ride in Charleston
My family immensely enjoyed their horse drawn carriage ride through Charleston. The Palmetto Carriage Works staff w
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Darcey N
Amazing tour
Our tour was great, the history of Charleston is very interesting. The guide was very professional, knowledgeable a
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Exceptionally well done!
I knew that I wanted to go on a carriage tour when I visited Old Charleston. I had no idea that there was more tha
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Brian W
COVID friendly!
Everyone wore masks which is why we originally chose this company, unlike other local tour companies. All the staf
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Waverly W
Quaint Carriage Ride
This was the last thing we did on our trip to Charleston and it was well worth the wait. We had an excellent guide
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50th Anniversary Gift
A group of us went in together and purchased a private carriage ride for my parents for their 50th Anniversary and
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Charleston for the New Year!
Best place to ring in the New Year!!! We did it in 2020, with no idea what was to come of our great nation and the
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Great time!
We took the ride and it was fantastic. Very informative. Brianna was great. Will definitely do again.
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One Day Made Great
Only had a day in The city and wanted to experience the old town so we decided with the covid increasing numbers to
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We were vey pleased with Palmetto Carriage Works
My family enjoyed the ride and the historical narrative of Justin. It was wonderful to be able to have a private c
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A Must Do in Charleston!
Our tour guide was fantastic and the tour itself was amazing! Such a nice way to see the city and learn about its h
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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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