Private Daytime or Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

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Private Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

From USD 265.00

per group (up to 1)

Select Date and Travellers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore Charleston in an intimate horse-drawn carriage during this private tour. Get personalized attention from your guide while riding through the historic streets of the old walled town.
  • Private horse-drawn carriage ride through Charleston
  • Choice of departure times to suit your schedule
  • Private guide for personalized attention
  • Flexible itinerary for your group of up to 4 people

What's Included

  • Private Narrated Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride of Historic Charleston
  • Small-Group for a more personalized experience (1-4 People)
  • See top Charleston sites such as Rainbow Row and Charleston City Market.
  • Experience 25-30 blocks of Charleston’s historic downtown district
  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • Learn about buildings, history, architecture, flora and the people that make up the “Holy City”
  • Pricing at checkout is Per Group (1-4 passengers per group), please select quantity "1" at checkout
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 8 Guignard St
    8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

    The Big Red Barn 8 Guignard Street Charleston, SC 29401

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Find your way to the Big Red Bar on Guignard Street, where you'll meet your private guide. Climb into the horse-drawn vis-à-vis carriage, where you'll sit face to face with the other members of your party. 

Ride through the historic streets of Charleston's walled old town while your guide provides narrative on the city's history. Pass stately mansions and historic churches; learn about their architecture and take photos. Admire the green parks and gardens that dot the city streets. Because this is a private tour, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions and your itinerary is flexible. 

Return to your departure point at the end of your tour.

Charleston City Market

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Powder Magazine (Pass By)

Battery & White Point Gardens (Pass By)

Rainbow Row (Pass By)

Palmetto Carriage Works (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please select (1) during checkout for the group pricing. Can accommodate 1-4 people per group.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 4 people per group
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where does the Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic 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 Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic 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 Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston?

A:Absolutely! This tour is fun for the whole family!

Apr. 2021

Q:How long is the Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston?

A:The carriage tour is approximately one hour long.

Apr. 2021

Q:Is the Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic 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 Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston?

A:Charleston’s historic district is the 2nd largest in the world, so it would take hours to see all of it. There are 5 zones where your carriage tour might go – each one is full of fascinating history and beautiful homes, churches, and gardens.

Apr. 2021

Q:How many people does the carriage seat during the Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston?

A:Our private carriage rides seat up to four guests for the perfect, intimate tour of the beautiful city of Charleston.

Apr. 2021

Q:Can I bring snacks/drinks with me on the Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic 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 Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic 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 Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic 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

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144 reviews
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Great experience
Joe_M, June 2023
We booked a evening tour, as it was our Anniversary. We enjoyed it immensely and will do it again, next time we return. A big shout out to Alex for being very accommodating and really helping us out. We won't forget it.
Private tour worth the money
Mark_G, June 2023
Bruce was a great guide. Lots of interesting history in Charleston, wish we did it on our first day here instead of our last. Highly recommend.
Amazing guided tour in private carriage
Nathan_M, Nov 2022
We took the private carriage ride and it was absolutely perfect! Our guid was amazing, knowledgeable, and funny! Highly recommend!
It was ok. It was not...
Trish_S, Aug 2022
It was ok. It was not bad, but it wasn't great either. It was pretty expensive for what we got in 30 minutes.
Wonderful Experience
Alicja_W, July 2022
Wonderful experience. Very knowledgeable driver. Highly recommend private tour! Our family really enjoyed it.
Outstanding carriage...
William_G, May 2022
Outstanding carriage tour. The driver was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Fun experience.
South Carolina here I come!! Home of Shrimp and Grits 💕
Linda_V, Apr 2022
Sean our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The one thing we all learned was the fact that Charleston SC is one of the only cities in the country with the most historic history and with the most churches in the community. It is absolutely Beautiful and quaint and can’t wait to come back. Great restaurants too!!
Recommend this tour
Faye_K, Oct 2021
The driver was very friendly and knowledgeable. would highly recommend this tour. Beautiful city and friendly people
Learned some Charleston history
HUBERT_H, July 2021
Very knowledgeable carriage driver. Learned a lot about historical sites. Carriages were beautiful and clean. We the loved the horses.
Peter_D, July 2021
Ride was only 50 minutes rather than 60. Route was VERY disappointing..did not see any historic sites...took us through residential areas. Not worth the money, will not use this provider again.
Deborah_L, May 2021
We arranged a private carriage tour through Palmetto Carriage to celebrate my sister-in-law’s milestone birthday. Bubba was our tour guide and Mellow Yellow was our horse. Wow - what a wonderful tour it was! Bubba is from Charleston and his love of and knowledge about his city were apparent. He took us through the oldest historic section of Charleston and we learned so much. Mellow Yellow has a wonderful temperament when many including children stopped on the street to admire his beauty. The tour owners were so accommodating. After the tour ended they brought us to our restaurant by golf cart so that we weren’t late for our dinner reservation. It made for the most PERFECT evening and a memorable birthday celebration. We highly recommend Palmetto Carriage Tours!
Excellent Guide
cindy_L, May 2021
Excellent guide! She was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the history of Charleston. Check in process was very easy.
History, fun and relaxing ride through Charleston
Christopher_B, May 2021
Loved the guide, she was very knowledgeable and fun! The horses are treated very well. We really enjoyed the ride and learned about Charleston history!
Allen_W, May 2021
Excellent explanation about the influence or impact of African Slaves had on the building of Charleston, SC, the role that Charleston, SC had on receiving most of the African slaves into the US, and the role of those in the Northern states played in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
Remarkable Time
Lamar_C, May 2021
Great experience, we had a great time learning about the historic correlations with downtown Charleston. Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable. This was a great way to spend with the wife.
Amazing private tour
Caleb_M, Nov 2020
Wonderful tour guide and very enjoyable private tour! With it being our first day in the city, we enjoyed the opportunity to see all the major sites and make note which ones to go to again.
Learned more than ever about Charleston
Bettye_R, Nov 2020
Jeremy was extremely knowledgeable and open to questions. He was also humorous which made a most enjoyable tour.
Best We’ve EVER Had!
Jann_M, Aug 2020
Magnificent! Guide Dave was amazing and made us feel the history and legacy! The restrictions by the city limit how much you can see on any given tour - only downside!
Nice tour guide
Melissa_W, June 2020
Our tour guide Jeremy was very nice and the carriage was comfortable except we got a bit too much sun exposure. However we didn’t know ahead of time there is a lottery drawing which determines which district you will visit. That was disappointing a bit. 😉
Just ok
Carabeth_F, Feb 2020
It was just ok. It would have been great to be able to stop here and there to take pictures. Not get out but not just keep driving. The history info was mediocre more dates house were built etc. the group tour guide seemed much more knowledgeable as he passed us and we kind of wished we had done the group tour.

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