A Complete Guide to the Best Charleston, SC Carriage Rides and Tours

To fully appreciate the Holy City, you must know its history, and a Charleston, SC carriage tour is one of the best ways to learn. You will gain a new respect for the architecture, art, food, music, and everything else that our city offers. So, hop on aboard your Charleston carriage ride and enjoy the sites and sounds of our historic city.

Read on to learn about the top tour companies in Charleston, and if you are looking for more ways to enhance your vacation, download our free Charleston Area Vacation Guide. Our guide is full of recommendations on art galleries, museums, historic sites, and more.

What are the best Carriage Tours in Charleston, SC?

A Brief Overview of Charleston, SC's Best Carriage Rides

  • Palmetto Carriage Works

Palmetto Carriage Works is the oldest company offering carriage rides in Charleston, SC.

Charleston Carriage Tour

Armed with a deep knowledge of the area, the guides at Palmetto Carriage Works are known as some of the best in the Lowcountry.

During the horse drawn carriage tours, you will see several renowned historic sites and learn little-known facts about the region’s past. Private tours are also available for those who prefer a more intimate experience.

  • Old South Carriage Company

Old South Carriage Company offers a great carriage ride. Tour 30 blocks (over 2.5 miles) of Charleston’s historic downtown district, taking in the beautiful gardens, famous landmarks, antebellum mansions and distinct architectural style - accompanied by stories and lore from Charleston’s 350 years of history. 1 hour tours run every 15-30 minutes from 9 am - 5 pm. 

Feeling Fancy? Opt to customize or upgrade your tour, or bundle with other downtown Charleston tours like a Harbor Cruise, Fort Sumter and more!

  • Charleston Carriage Works

Charleston Carriage Works is in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, only a short walk away from the best dining on East Bay Street.

Carriage Tour Charleston, SC

Their custom carriages are some of the most comfortable on the peninsula, and their horses are some of the friendliest that you will ever meet.

Come enjoy the charming aesthetic of Old Charleston as you learn about some of the Lowcountry’s most important sites on their fully narrated, one-hour tour.

Read biographies on each of their horses by visiting the Charleston Carriage Works website!


  • Classic Carriage Works

Classic Carriage Works is now closed. Formerly operating out of the oldest active stable in historic downtown Charleston, SC Classic Carriage Works popular tours included the Charleston History Tour, Civil War Tour, and the Slavery to Freedom Tour.

Tips for Your Trip

Plan Your Charleston Getaway and Book Your Carriage Ride

After a fun-filled day in the bustling Holy City, head home to one of Charleston’s most beloved sea islands for a night of relaxation.

Beautiful beaches, wonderful restaurantschampionship golf courses, and pristine tennis courts are a few conveniences that you can enjoy when you book a stay on Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island.

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From cozy cottages with golf course views to elegant oceanfront homes, our handpicked collection of vacation homes are perfect for any occasion. If you are ready to plan your Holy City getaway, browse vacation rentals on Kiawah and Seabrook Island.