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Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

Product ID: 75922
During your 1-hour horse or mule-drawn carriage tour through Charleston's beautiful historic district, you will see beautiful buildings, churches, houses & gardens. All tours are narrated by an experienced certified tour guide.
About this activity
Duration: 1 hour
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Wheelchair accessible
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  • 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
This tour begins at the Big Red Barn in downtown Charleston, where you'll meet a knowledgeable driver-guide and settle into a carriage drawn by either horses or mules.

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. Guides combine humor with history for a lighthearted experience of Charleston’s atmospheric center, and you'll cover between 25 and 30 blocks of the downtown district. This tour concludes with drop-off at the Big Red Barn.
  • A one-hour long carriage tour of the Historic Charleston
What’s Not Included
  • Tip is not included

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Meeting point

The Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 70 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Maggie and Drudge were wonderful guides through some of the more important historical sites of Charleston. Not being a native, Maggie pointed out the things she thought other "new to Charleston" folk like me would find entertaining. Drudge did her job and likely could have made the route without Maggie's help (though Maggie helped with the traffic).

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March 11, 2020

I live in Myrtle and my son attends CofC honors college. So I'm very familiar with Charleston. My folks on the other hand are not. I was going to show them around myself but the weather was not cooperating. At the last minute I booked a horse and buggy tour. We were given the sweetest, funniest tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and a bunch of fun. I highly recommend the tour. Hate to say.. I cant remember the tour guides name but if it helps.. the horses names I do remember. LOL Horses names: Rhyme and Reason.:) P.S. The tour is fine in all weather. There's a canopy over carriage and they have plenty of blankets for everyone. Enjoy!

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November 20, 2019

March 9, 2020

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Palmetto Carriage

Product ID: 75922