Join us for a relaxing, private carriage tour and explore the heart of Charleston with your informative guide! We will saunter through Charleston’s historic neighborhoods in a 4-person carriage and show you 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”
A glimpse of the Cooper River Waterfront
Your tour guide will be a licensed professional with extensive knowledge of Charleston's history. Enjoy the hilarious and poignant stories from over 300 years of Charleston’s history and inhabitants.
Your private carriage tour can accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children, as long as the children are seated on the lap of an adult.
Anson Street near the Old Market (Charleston, SC)
(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
Advance purchase is strongly recommended since the Carriage Tours often sell out in advance. 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?
There is no top on the carriage. so if it is raining we can rebook or refund.
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 winds 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” as well as a glimpse of the Cooper River waterfront. 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 we alone on the carriage ride?
Yes, this carriage is just for you and 3 guests. The carriage used for these tours can accommodate 4 adults and up to 2 small children if they are seated on the lap of an adult.
How many passengers can the carriage hold?
The carriage can hold up to 4 adults. We can also accommodate up to 2 children if they are seated on the lap of an adult.
Can I bring food or drinks aboard the carriage?
You are welcome to bring a non-alcoholic beverage with you on board (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!
Is the carriage ride narrated?
Yes, the carriage tour is fully narrated by a professional 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, the Olde Towne Carriage Company is one of Charleston’s oldest and has been the leader in carriage tours in Charleston for over 25 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, where there is always someone watching them! The Olde Towne Carriage Company cannot be held responsible for lost or missing items.
Is the carriage tour handicapped accessible?
No, unfortunately, the carriage has one or two metal stirrups that you must walk up.
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. We will only stop in the event of an emergency, so please use the facilities beforehand. There is a bathroom in the waiting area of the Olde Towne Carriage Company.
Is there parking nearby the carriage tour departure point?
Yes, there is both metered parking and City Parking garages available near the departure point. If you are attending both the carriage ride and the Harbor Tour on the same day, you may leave your car at the Charleston Maritime Center parking lot for free for the duration of both tours.
Are tours available in languages other than English?
We are able to give tours in Spanish and French. If you are interested in a Spanish or French tour, please use the "Contact this seller" link to request more information.
Are gift certificates available for the carriage tour?
Yes, gift certificates for the Olde Towne carriage are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click "Contact OldeTowne" to the left of the page.
Can I be picked-up from my hotel?
Yes, There is additional fee for a pick-up from another location other than the barn. Please click "Contact OldeTowne" to request more details.
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 Olde Towne Carriage tours and get ready for a available. 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.