Charleston Horse-Drawn Carriage: Historic Downtown Tour
2,156 Ratings
Experience the charm of Charleston's historic downtown district on a 1-hour horse-drawn carriage tour. Discover the city's rich history, architecture, and culture while enjoying a blend of knowledge, wit, and humor.
Duration: 1 hour
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Charleston City Market - Our Barn is located just off of the Charleston City Market. You will meet your certified tour guide here and then you will depart on your hour long horse or mule drawn carriage tour. The carriage will go through the City gate at the market where the tour guide is assigned a tour route. You will see about 30 blocks of the historic district which will include beautiful architecture, churches, buildings, gardens and more. The tour returns to the Big Red Barn.
  • Palmetto Carriage Works - This is where you will meet your tour guide and your horse or mule drawn carriage.
  • Joe Riley Waterfront Park - Bright green public space overlooking the Charleston coast.
  • Battery & White Point Gardens - Public Garden and outdoor space located in the Battery
  • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon - Completed in 1771 as the New Exchange and Customs House, and recognized today as South Carolina’s most historic building.
  • Rainbow Row - The longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States.
What's Included
  • Explore 25-30 blocks of Charleston’s historic downtown area
  • Gain knowledge about the area’s buildings, history, architecture, and flora
  • Discover the personalities behind the ‘Holy City’
  • View a variety of homes, gardens, mansions, churches, and parks
  • Tour with a professional guide
  • Enjoy a 1-hour horse-drawn carriage ride through historic Charleston
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Take a scenic 1-hour journey through 25-30 blocks of Charleston’s historic downtown area on a Daytime Palmetto Carriage Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour. Discover houses, gardens, expansive mansions, churches and parks, and gain knowledge about the architecture, history, flora and the people who live in the ‘Holy City.’

As the oldest carriage tour company in Charleston, Palmetto Carriage Works provides the best carriage experience in town! Their tours are a captivating blend of information, wit, humor and history that are vibrant and ever-evolving; a perfect melding of 19th-century transportation in a 21st-century urban setting.

  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
8 Guignard St
Guignard Street
Please meet us at 8 Guignard Street Charleston, SC 29401 We are the Big Red Barn!
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 20, 2024
Great tour ! - Great historical information!! And loved Trevor the horse!! We forget our tour guys name sorry but he was great!!
Review provided by Viator
Jun 19, 2024
Carriage ride - The guide was very informative! Maltry the horse did an outstanding job also! I would definitely do it again! The barn was very clean and all employees were nice.
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Jun 18, 2024
Beautiful and informative relaxing tour - This was such a beautiful tour. The horse was sweet and our driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had gone on a bus tour earlier in the day. I was worried we would see the same things. But we really didn’t. Anything we had glanced at before now had a new twist. I feel like we left with a wealth of knowledge in a beautiful calm atmosphere.
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Jun 16, 2024
Parker says, "Great way to see Charleston" - This is a great tour and a wonderful way to see the city of Charleston. Trey, our driver, was a wealth of knowledge, and our hose seemed to know his way around town almost by himself. The route took us through many of the highlights of the city, and Trey provided insight and knowledge along the way.
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Jun 10, 2024
Highly recommend this tour!! - Blake was a super guide! He is a great ambassador for Charleston as well as Moutry. With a lovely ride through the historic district , Blake shared Charleston’s history and its wonderfully vibrant culture. This is our second ride. Having had a great experience in 2021, we wanted to repeat it as well as share it with our daughter. Can’t wait to come back and take a third ride
Review provided by Viator
Jun 9, 2024
5 ⭐️ - Dave and TikTok were phenomenal hosts on our carriage tour through Charleston! We enjoyed the history, personal stories and humor. The horses are well taken care of and people around town were excited to see TikTok was back from vacation! Definitely would recommend this trip to anyone visiting!
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Jun 8, 2024
A must-do excursion in Charleston! - This is a well run organization with well-cared for horses and happy employees who love what they do. Our guide/driver, who was OCD on Charleston history made a memorable trip, teaching us much about the amazing city of Charleston. Our horse, Trevor, had a personality and he won all of our hearts. Our tour started on time, loading was organized, unloading easy. The price was great value.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 7, 2024
Best carriage tour company in Charleston! - Lovely tour seeing historic Charleston! Tour guide was informative and it is a fun way to see part of the city. Also took the boat tour to Ft. Sumter.
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Jun 13, 2024
Fun tour - Great to see some of historical Charleston and learn the history. Perfect amount of time and very well done
Review provided by Viator
Jun 9, 2024
Need to go again - We had evan (?) (the guy that said he looks like Owen Wilson) anyways, he was nice, but we couldn’t hear him, he would talk about a building and look at the building instead of us. Plus he was whipping his horse whip around and it got close to hitting several people. We wanted to go on this ride so that we could hear some history of Charleston and I don’t feel like we were told much. I heard other carriage drivers loudly passing us by and I learned more from them. We need to go again, but with another driver.
Review provided by Viator
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024