Join us for a relaxing, informative carriage tour as we explore the heart of Charleston. We’ll saunter through Charleston’s historic neighborhoods, where you’ll see the quaint cobbled streets and picturesque architecture that lend the Holy City its unique charm.
On this fun-filled tour, enjoy:
The Old Market, the site of over 250 years of commerce
Timeless, gracious homes with lush gardens and wrought iron details
The breathtaking churches that earned the city its nickname of “Holy City"
Your tour guide will be a licensed professional with extensive knowledge of Charleston's history. Enjoy stories from over 300 years of Charleston’s history.
Anson Street near the Old Market (Charleston, SC)
(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
------------QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CARRIAGE TOUR------------
Do I have to buy my tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is strongly recommended since carriage tours often sell out. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please buy your tickets well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
What happens if it rains?
We will go out in most moderate weather conditions. Keep in mind that the top of the carriage is covered by a canopy, but the sides are open. In the case of severe weather, such as severe heat, lightning, storms, or high wind, we may have to cancel the tour, and you will be able to reschedule to another time or receive credit for a future tour. If you're unsure of the weather call Andrew 843.735.3580.
What exact areas do you visit?
You will see the historic old market area where commerce has taken place for over 250 years, historical houses maintained in timeless fashion, beautiful gardens, artistic wrought iron gates and decorative entrances to the many mansions as the tour travels through the 25 - 30 block area. In addition you will see parts of the old walled city, several churches that give Charleston the name “Holy City”. Your tour guide will acquaint you with the history and architecture which makes Charleston one of the grand cities in the United States. Most importantly you will gain a better understanding of the people that lived and traversed in the very areas you are touring over the past three hundred years!
Are tours available in languages other than English?
We are able to give tours in Spanish for private parties. No more than 16 people. These tours must be booked through Andrew 843.735.3580.
Can I bring food or drinks aboard the carriage?
You are welcome to bring a non-alcoholic beverage with you (we highly recommend a bottle of cold water in the hot summer months), but please refrain from bringing food onto the carriage.
Can I bring a pet with me on the tour?
Small, well behaved dogs are welcome to attend the carriage tour with you. As long as your pet does not disturb the enjoyment of the other guests on the tour, it should be no problem.
Are we alone on the carriage ride?
No, the carriage can hold up to 16 guests so you will be sharing the carriage with other tour participants. If you have a small group and want a private tour book the private tour instead. Tours for larger groups are availabe also call Andrew to book 843.735.3580.
Is the carriage ride narrated?
Yes, the carriage tour is fully narrated by a licensed tour guide.
Where does the carriage ride finish?
The carriage returns to the same location that it departed from, one block north of the world famous open air market.
Is the carriage ride safe?
Yes, Olde Towne Carriage Company is one of Charleston’s oldest and has been the leader in carriage tours in Charleston for over 30 years.
Can I store anything on the carriage?
Other than small backpacks and bags, you may leave all larger items at the Olde Towne Carriage Company Barn (where the tour meets). We can either lock up your belongings in our office or leave them at the front counter. Olde Towne Carriage Company cannot be held responsible for lost or missing items.
What type of ticket should I buy for a young child?
For children ages 4 to 11, you should purchase a reduced price Child ticket. Children ages 3 years and under may attend for free if they ride on an adult's lap, but you’ll still need to enter the appropriate number of Wee One tickets labeled “Free” when purchasing. All guests, regardless of age, must have a ticket, so please make sure your entire party is accounted for in this way.
Is the carriage tour handicapped accessible?
No, unfortunately, you must walk up four stairs to load the carriage.
How much of the town will we cover?
The carriage ride will cover approximately 25-30 blocks of the residential district, or 2.5 to 3 miles.
Will we stop to use the restroom during the tour?
There is no scheduled bathroom stop during the tour. Please use the facilities beforehand. There is a bathroom in the waiting area of Olde Towne Carriage Company. You may not exit a tour once it has begun per city ordinance.
Is there parking nearby the carriage tour departure point?
Yes, there is both metered parking and City Parking garages available near the departure point.
Are gift certificates available for the carriage tour?
Yes, gift certificates for the Olde Towne carriage are great fora ny occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, call Andrew 843.735.3580.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes! Click on the private tour button to book a private tour for up to 4 people. We can also accommodate a variety of special requests. Please call Andrew 843.735.3580 to inquire further.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
Activity may be cancelled due to severe or extreme weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions, including extreme heat. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.
Tours may be delayed up to 30 minutes due to city regulations.
Due to city regulations regarding the number of carriages permitted on the streets at one time, carriage tours may be delayed up to 30 minutes after their scheduled start time.
Olde Towne Carriage Company has been the leader in Charleston carriage tours for over 30 years. Our goal has always been to offer the best value in sightseeing tours, while providing our customers with the absolute best service.
Step aboard one of our Olde Towne Carriage Tours and get ready for a fun-filled, informative trip through 25 blocks of Charleston's oldest residential and business district!
Our knowledgeable guides are professionals who take pride in sharing the beautiful Holy City with you.