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Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

1. Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

This 60-minute narrated carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic downtown Charleston. It really is the best way to see the “Holy City” and learn about its rich and vast history. The tour begins at our stables just one block from the city market, where a number of our horses live. Restrooms and water are available as well as a loading ramp to easily board one of the custom-built carriages.  Departing from the barn, you will continue to the city gate located in the Old City Market. Historic Downtown Charleston is split up into a number of areas that each tour is directed to travel to. Some highlights of these areas are Charleston Harbor, Rainbow Row, 4 Corners of Law, King Street, White Point Gardens, and the Charleston Battery.  A licensed tour guide will be narrating the entire tour with informative and entertaining commentary. At the end of the tour you will arrive back at the stables, where you will get off the carriage using the unloading dock.

Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

2. Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

Explore Charleston's historic district on a horse or mule-drawn carriage tour. Listen to your guide tell you local stories and anecdotes as you go past iconic landmarks, buildings, churches, and more. Begin your tour at the Big Red Barn in downtown Charleston and meet your local driver/guide. Then, settle into a carriage drawn by either horses or mules for your guided tour. 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. Conclude your tour with drop-off at the Big Red Barn.

Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

3. Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

Taste your way through Charleston on a comprehensive food tour. Visit a variety of local eateries, culinary landmarks, restaurants, and bakeries, each with its own story. Experience more than 300 years of history while sampling delicious specialties. Gain a unique perspective on the area and food culture from your guides, each with their own culinary credentials. Enjoy small samples at each location that will equal a large meal. Typical tastings include:• Stone ground grits• Charleston benne wafers• Locally-made gourmet chocolates• Southern pralines• Sweet tea• Collard greens• Lowcountry barbeque

Charleston: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

4. Charleston: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

On this secret food tour, you'll get to sample grits, fried oysters, fried green tomatoes and so much more. Charlestonians are extremely passionate about their local food, city, and its history. You'll get to learn all about the best southern foods and the unique culture behind them. By booking this tour, you'll get to try delicious food all around the beautiful historic district of Charleston. Plus, you'll also be able to discover the best shops and restaurants, and learn many other great local tips to make your experience truly memorable.

Charleston: Private Carriage Ride

5. Charleston: Private Carriage Ride

Experience Charleston on a private carriage ride. See the “Holy City” in a more intimate setting with your own personal tour guide, who will tell you all about the historical buildings, parks and plazas of the city. You'll get to see more than 25 blocks of this historic town.  For a truly memorable experience, choose the evening option to see the sun set over the city and the city lights coming on.  You will be travelling in a Palmetto vis a vis carriage, where two benches face each other, offering a wonderful experience for a small group or family.

Charleston: Magnolia Cemetery Nighttime Tour

6. Charleston: Magnolia Cemetery Nighttime Tour

With an expert guide, enjoy a 90-minute walking tour to uncover the best of Magnolia Cemetery’s history, mystery, and spirits. Hear startling stories such as the unsolved murdered socialite, an outraged politician that ordered his butler’s execution, and scandalous tragedies that are never told in history books. Originally a 1790’s rice plantation, Magnolia Cemetery was founded in 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River in Downtown Charleston. Home to 35,000 permanent residents, including authors and poets, artists, Confederate generals and soldiers, prominent politicians, bootleggers, prostitutes, and socialites. Magnolia Cemetery served as a Confederate encampment to defend the city from the Union bombardment during the Civil War. Over 2,000 Confederate soldiers lay at rest in Magnolia, including the eight-man Hunley crew, eighty-four soldiers who fought in the battle at Gettysburg, and six confederate generals.

Charleston: City Tour and Museum Combo

7. Charleston: City Tour and Museum Combo

Feel the past come alive on this combination tour in Charleston. Ride in comfort on a climate-controlled coach and discover Charleston's 300 years of living history with passionate licensed tour guides. Follow your bus tour with a visit to the Charleston Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United States. On your bus tour, experience the Old Market area and admire the historic homes and churches where generations of Charlestonians worked, lived, and worshipped. See and hear about Fort Sumter, the Harbor of History, and the Aircraft Carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point. Make sure to take your camera as you will have the opportunity to stop at the famous Battery Seawall and enjoy the spectacular views. Keep your camera handy when you pass by the colorful houses on Rainbow Row, too. Finally, dive into the history of the Holy City at the Charleston Museum, which was opened to the public nearly 200 years ago. Explore the exhibitions that cover the American Civil War, the natural history in the area, and much, much more.

Charleston: Downtown Evening Carriage Tour

8. Charleston: Downtown Evening Carriage Tour

Palmetto Carriage Works, family owned and operated, has been leading tours since 1972.   They are the oldest and largest carriage company in town and boast the most experienced guides.  Their 35-minute evening tour is great way to get in a quick overview of Charleston's world famous history and charm.  Sights include the Charleston City Market, The Old Walled City, Waterfront Park and The Forner Corners of Law. Tours start and end in The Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard street where all are invited to visit with the animals and learn about their world class animal welfare program.   Carriages are easy loading and handicap accessible.  

Charleston: Dark Side of Charleston 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

9. Charleston: Dark Side of Charleston 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Explore the dark side of Charleston, South Carolina, on a 1.5-hour walking tour through the streets of the Holy City. You will see the city in a different light, as you learn the truth hiding just beneath the surface, and new meaning is attached to places of historical significance. Charleston has long been a place where high society life is shadowed by scandals, temptations, and unruly behavior. Listen as your guide shares the side of the city that is not talked about often. Learn its complicated history of brothels, prostitutes, corruption, crime, scandal, and sordid affairs. You will emerge at the end of your tour with a deeper understanding of the two complex and conflicting sides of the city.

Charleston: Strolls Walking Tour

10. Charleston: Strolls Walking Tour

A Charleston classic since 1979, this two-hour walking tour through America’s most charming historic district is sure to be the highlight of your visit to historic Charleston. Join a local guide on this walking tour and receive a wealth of historical information and “insider tips” on where to stay, dine, and things to do. Let the knowledgeable tour guide show you some of Charleston’s most famed landmarks as well as give you glimpses of this historic city that you can only see on foot. The pace of the walking tour is leisurely and the guides are there to answer any questions that you may have as you stroll through the cradle of southern charm and hospitality. Visit some of Charlestons most notable landmarks including Rainbow Row, the Waterfront Battery, Antebellum Mansions as well as points of interest from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Get amazing views of Fort Sumter and discover hidden gardens, courtyards, historic churches, and graveyards.  If selecting the VIP option, you will also receive entrance into the oldest museum home in the city, The Heyward Washington House. This Georgian-style double house and was once the townhome of Thomas Heyward Jr, one of the four South Carolina signatories of the Declaration of Independence. The house also played host to President George Washington during his week-long stay in the city. You will see the only 1740s kitchen building open to the public in the city, as well as the beautiful formal gardens used in the late 18th century.

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What people are saying about Charleston

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 194 reviews

Totally loved the carriage ride and guide. The guide we had gave you the history behind the history which I totally enjoyed. This created a more vivid image of the people that settled in Charleston.

It was great learning about the history of Charleston! I was so pleased to see how well the horses are treated and how well the tour guides get into character.

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Most enjoyable tour we had on vacation.

A fabulous way to tour Charleston! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable!

Really engaging, fun and interesting. We loved it.