Guided tour

Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

Activity provider: Palmetto Carriage
Guided tour

Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

Activity provider: Palmetto Carriage

From US$ 49.95 per person

Take a 1-hour horse or mule-drawn carriage tour through Charleston's beautiful historic district. See beautiful buildings, churches, houses & gardens.

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Duration 1 hour
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover 25-30 blocks of Charleston's historic downtown district
  • See houses, gardens, mansions, churches, and parks
  • Learn about buildings, history, architecture, flora and the people that make up the "Holy City"
Full description

Explore Charleston's historic district on a horse or mule-drawn carriage tour. Listen to your guide tell you local stories and anecdotes as you go past iconic landmarks, buildings, churches, and more.

Begin your tour at the Big Red Barn in downtown Charleston and meet your local driver/guide. Then, settle into a carriage drawn by either horses or mules for your guided tour.

Follow a route that takes in some of the historic downtown district’s most elegant mansions and gardens, learning about the architecture of each place as you drive along. Catch the scent of jasmine flowers from deep, shady porches, and pass by rows of bristling palmetto trees.

Get an overview of Charleston’s dramatic history, from long-ago pirate raids to plantations, Revolutionary battles, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The city was founded in 1670, and Charleston's historic buildings have been meticulously preserved and restored.

Conclude your tour with drop-off at the Big Red Barn.

  • Horse carriage ride
  • Guide
  • Tips

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Meeting point

Meet by the big red barn of Palmetto Carriage Works. Paid parking is available at 22 Anson Street Charleston, SC 29401.

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Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 317 reviews

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My husband and I had done this tour several year ago and loved it. So when our son came to visit we took him on this tour to give him what we called the cliff notes of this beautiful city. It seems expensive but when you consider the big picture of it as a business like anything else with expenses of its own then it's understandable. We felt it was worth it.

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June 14, 2022

After our flight from California was canceled at 11:15 am in Dallas, we didn’t make it to Charleston until 1:00 pm on Saturday. That meant we missed our tour but the owner was very gracious and allowed us to go on a tour on Sunday morning. We’re so appreciative. On the tour, I loved hearing about the churches, the silent bells used for ammunition, the light blue ceilings to fend off ghost, and some other local stories. Ian did a good job of entertaining all of us!

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April 24, 2022

We enjoyed the tour very much. The online reservation process was easy and very well organized as we arrived for our tour. Our horse Buddy provided a smooth ride. Our guide Sean was friendly and very knowledgeable. We learned so much about the history of Charleston and seeing the sights from the comfort of the carriage . We recommend this tour for all, especially first time visitors.

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August 2, 2021

Product ID: 75922