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Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston

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Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston

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icon35 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover downtown Charleston on a Southern-style carriage ride that passes through the Commercial District and Waterfront Park. Learn about the history, architecture, and people of this old South Carolina city throughout the tour.
  • Carriage ride in downtown Charleston
  • View the architecture of downtown
  • Learn about the city's history from your guide
  • Take a leisurely carriage ride that allows for great photo ops
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Narrated Evening Horse & Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston
Learn more about Charleston's Commercial District and Waterfront Park
Evening carriage tours cover parts of the old walled city, historic churches, and public buildings
Pass by sites such as The Old Exchange Building where George Washington visited, and Waterfront Park
Evening tours are a great way to avoid the summer sun
Learn about Charleston’s history, architecture, flora, and people
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Gratuities

Departure Point

8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Look for the Big Red Barn!

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to central Charleston to begin your tour in the early evening.

Meet your guide and the team of mules that gently pull your carriage around the heart of Charleston.

Head into downtown Charleston's Commercial District and hear the history of the buildings along the route. Pass the Old Exchange Building, once visited by George Washington, and learn about the architecture of several historic churches. Continue through Waterfront Park, which is situated on the Cooper River before returning to your starting point to end your tour.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Joe Riley Waterfront Park
During this 35-minute evening carriage tour, you learn about Charleston’s history, architecture, flora, and the people that make up the “Holy City,” all while enjoying a cool evening breeze. This tour is a great option during the hotter months to avoid the summer sun. Our evening Charleston carriage tours cover parts of the old walled city, historic churches, and public buildings as well as the Cooper River Water Front.
Pass By:  
Charleston City Market
Your carriage tour will pass through the City Market
Pass By:  
Palmetto Carriage Works
You will meet your certified tour guide and your horse or mule drawn carriage at our Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard Street.
Pass By:  
Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
See the Old Exchange Building where George Washington visited
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Palmetto Carriage Works
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where does the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston depart from?
A:All of our tours begin and end at the Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard Street, one block from the City Market.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is parking available for the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:There are multiple parking garages and lots near the City Market. You can also park at the Visitor’s Center and ride the free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) to the Market.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my young child with me on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:Absolutely! This tour is fun for the whole family!
Apr 2021
Q:
How long is the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:The carriage tour is approximately 35 minutes long.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston narrated?
A:Yes, we only hire guides who are members of the Palmetto Guild of Certified Tour Guides. In order to be certified, guides must pass an extensive test facilitated by the City of Charleston and attend recertification classes every three years.
Apr 2021
Q:
What will I see during the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:You will learn about Charleston’s history, architecture, flora, & the people that make up the “Holy City.” Our evening Charleston carriage tours cover parts of the old walled city, historic churches, public buildings, & the Cooper River Water Front.
Apr 2021
Q:
How many people does the carriage seat during the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:Our large public carriages can seat up to 16 people, not including the driver who stands at the front. You can purchase an extra seat if you are concerned about having enough space. We also have smaller carriages that seat up to four or eight people.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring snacks/drinks with me on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:Absolutely! We sell drinks and snacks in our Barn Shop, or you can bring your own. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in accordance with the City’s “open container” law.
Apr 2021
Q:
Is the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston handicap accessible?
A:Our carriages pull up to a boarding platform in the Big Red Barn which is almost level with the carriages. There is a bit of a gap to step over, but we have a ramp leading to the platform, and we can assist as needed.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my service animal with me on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:Absolutely. We can accommodate service animals with advance notice. Please specify if you would like to bring a dog in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring a stroller on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:We cannot accommodate strollers on the carriage itself, however, we can safely keep your walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, or strollers at the barn while you enjoy your tour until you return.
Apr 2021
Q:
What if the weather is bad on the date of my Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:We do go out in the rain unless the weather is dangerous. If it does rain we recommend wearing a rain jacket or poncho, as the rain will come in on the sides of the carriage. Umbrellas are not allowed.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are carriages covered during the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:Yes, our carriages are covered, which offers shade during sunny weather and some protection from rain–but if it’s raining hard, you may get wet.
Apr 2021
Q:
Can I bring my dog with me on the Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:We can accommodate a dog with advance notice. Please specify if you would like to bring a dog in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston.

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Reviews

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star-5
Very good experience
Colby_M
, Oct 2021
The guide was really funny but also helpful with answering any questions we had. Definitely coming back to do it again
star-5
Charleston History
Dee_L
, Sep 2021
Super fun 45m tour very knowledgeable tour guide easy to understand and fun!! Nice clean stables horses well cared for Big Plus
star-5
Fabulous experience!
Sharon_L
, Sep 2021
We loved our carriage ride with Tate and our wonderful quirkly horse O'Malley! So fantastic! Our tour was chock full of local history and really worth the time and money.
star-5
Loved it!
Danielle_P
, Aug 2021
This was our first time on this tour and it was amazing. Our tour guy was very informative and the horse was awesome.
star-5
Great
Ethel_Alston
, Aug 2021
The horse Harmony was so smart the tour guide made you feel welcome I heard for a long time about the ride now I know for myself very romantic
star-5
Girls weekend
Trisha_M
, Aug 2021
Learning about the history of Charleston. Seeing all the horses and walking through the barn. Was great trip.
star-4
65th birthday Charleston celebration
Leslie_M
, Aug 2021
Great tour guide..sweet mules pulled our carriage. Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. I was surprised the tour was only 35 minutes. I thought it world have been a bit longer for the cost.
star-4
Cool ride
Jasmine_D
, Jul 2021
Cool ride. Sit in the back if you don't want to get spit on. The driver yells and spit comes out. Needs to find a better way to go about that. A little uncomfortable for African Americans.
star-5
Enjoyable and Informative
Wendy_M
, Jul 2021
The tour was a concise trip around Charleston that included several historical buildings. Very enjoyable and informative, our guide was knowledgeable and engaging.
star-5
It was all we hoped for. New to area, wanted some direction and a romantic night
Jody_S
, Jul 2021
Learning A little bit about Charlston. Also learning about how well you take care of the horses. My wife and I enjoyed learning that the horses were from Lancaster and that they are treated very well wow you have them and after they are retired. Ian did it and outstanding job

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