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

Private 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 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
This private horse-drawn carriage tour of downtown Charleston offers the flexibility to explore the Holy City at your own pace. You and your private party have the guide’s full attention, making it easy to ask unlimited questions and customize your itinerary. Plus, moving by horse-drawn carriage means covering more ground in less time.
  • You'll start at
    8 Guignard St
    8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    The Big Red Barn 8 Guignard Street Charleston, SC 29401
    See address & details
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    Charleston City Market
    Stop: 10 minutes
    Pass through the Charleston City Market during your Private Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston
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    Pass by
    The Powder Magazine
    Battery & White Point Gardens
    Rainbow Row
    Palmetto Carriage Works
  • You'll end at
    8 Guignard St
    8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    The Big Red Barn 8 Guignard Street Charleston, SC 29401
    See address & details
  • Private horse-and-carriage tour of historic downtown Charleston
  • Learn about the city’s 200-year history on a fully narrated tour
  • Ride past parks, historic homes, churches, and more
  • Private tour offers flexible itinerary and face-to-face seating
What to Expect
Make your way to a centrally located stable in downtown Charleston to meet your private guide and board your carriage. Unlike most Charleston horse-and-carriage tours, this one has face-to-face seating for a more intimate experience with your private party. Tour through 20 blocks of the Charleston Historic District, visiting top sites, such as City Market, the Battery, or Rainbow Row. Your guide fills you in on more than 200 years of Charleston history—from its early days as a small colony to its recent revival—and you have plenty of time to ask questions. Plus, because this is a private tour, you can The tour concludes at the original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Private Narrated Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride of Historic Charleston
  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • Private Small-group ride for up to 4 people
  • See top Charleston sites such as Rainbow Row and Charleston City Market.
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please select (1) during checkout for the group pricing of $200/carriage. Can accommodate 1-4 people per group.
  • A maximum of 4 people per group
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Joball24 wrote a review 17 Nov
Slidell, Louisiana76 contributions34 helpful votes
Only had a day in The city and wanted to experience the old town so we decided with the covid increasing numbers to take the private tour. bob and mellow yellow took us out to the Battery which showed us the older housing area. Bob was extremely informative and pleasant and
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Date of experience: November 2020
Ericka S wrote a review 5 Nov
2 contributions
I researched and decided on Palmetto primarily due to the customer service via phone and my interest in a private carriage ride. Our carriage operator was Ian and he (and the young lady in the office) did a great job of helping me to surprise my bestie. She really wanted to do a
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Date of experience: October 2020
CABeagle wrote a review 5 Nov
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Fun and fascinating tour, wonderful guide. A great way to get the lay of the land and learn about the history of the city. We would definitely do it again - there are a variety of tour routes.
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jwcorbett wrote a review Oct 2020
Miamisburg, Ohio605 contributions112 helpful votes
We chose the private carriage ride with another friend couple and the tour guide was knowledgeable but talked the whole time. Sometimes a little of a break would have been better. The route of our tour which is chosen by the City and was not great. Prob the worst tour I have
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Clakisha3 wrote a review Sep 2020
Los Angeles, California2 contributions
We had an excellent tour with Palmetto. Our tour guide Mike was awesome and very knowledgeable. He answered all of my husbands questions. He kept the tour interesting and fun for our 13 year old also. We are looking to book another tour today!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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By: Palmetto Carriage Works
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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Best Experience
We were very pleased with our experience. We were somewhat nervous as this was our first adventure since COVID st
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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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So great!
We loved our tour! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and you could tell she loved the horses she works with. It
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Great Carriage Ride in Charleston!
My husband and I recently had a delightful carriage ride organized through Palmetto Carriage Works. We really enjo
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Wonderful tour
My husband and I did a carriage tour, our tour guide was very well educated on the history of Charleston and gave u
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Kurt W
Great experience
Our guide and driver Josh was amazing. He talked non stop and was so informative. He answered all of our questions
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Private Carriage Ride
A little privacy and a lot of history. We had a fun ride given to us by Annabelle. We went with the private tour an
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Enjoyable tour of the historic district
Palmetto gave a good tour with good information. The carriage rides are regulated by the city so you will get one
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David S
Horse drawn carriage tour
We loved our carriage tour. Jenny our guide spoke for the entire hour and gave us great highlights of the local are
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Good time
We had a very good time with Palmetto Carriage Works. My mother has to use a walker they were very helpful. Our tou
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Bruce T
First carriage tour
I haven't done any tours of a similar nature so it's difficult for me to rate Palmetto Carriage Works. On a standa
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