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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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Overview

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.

Highlights
  • 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 via mobile
Was informative

We had a great time learning about the history of the town! Our guide was John and our horse was Bill! John Was great at explaining and had a wonderful since of humor! I recommend doing this a least once!

Thank Rebecca M
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Being a tourist at home

I took my daughter(12) and my granddaughter(2) on the carriage ride and both girls enjoyed it. Our tour guide "Will" was fantastic he was very knowledgeable about the city's history and a few fun facts. I loved the connection he had with all that was...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago
Great way to experience Charleston

Having been to Charleston a few times, I’ve always conducted my own walking tour. But now I’m a bit older and one of our party was having excruciating hip pain so we elected to do the tour with this company. The folks were friendly and...More

Thank Geolemke
Reviewed 2 days ago
A must-do when in Charleston

The tour is great! We scheduled the tour for 7 of us after getting off a cruise. It was a great way to learn about the city and see various areas. The staff is very knowledgeable and the horses are very well taken care of....More

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 5 days ago
Great way to see the City

We enjoyed the tour so much. It was a great way to see the city and tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. Tow teen daughters enjoyed it too

Thank Meredith G
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Whasabae
30 July 2018|
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Response from aynniedeuskar | Reviewed this property |
The tour takes about an hour. Trip 1 or 2 is worth it jump off if you get a #3.
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Cooperstrip7
25 July 2018|
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This is the only carriage company in Charleston that has a ramp onto a loading dock. You step (or slide) from the ramp directly onto the seat, with no climbing involved. Exit is done the same. This is perfect for elerly or... More
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Cooperstrip7
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Response from Mtnwoman | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a loading platform that is on the same level as the carriage. But you have to be able to go up the steps onto the loading platform. They are just regular steps.
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