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Our most recommended Charleston Neighborhood Tours

  • 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...

    Our guide was very knowledgeable of the area and its history. We enjoyed our time on the tour and were impressed on how well they treated their horses. Compared to other companies we walked by, they seem to have the best facility and the horses their top priority.

  • Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

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

    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, ...

    The good-looking John and Prince treated me to a wonderful tour! Every second was interesting and fun. John even sang a song from Porgy and Bess and sang it beautifully! I will be back!

  • Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

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

    Walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston on an amazing 2.5-hour food tour. Visit a variety of local eateries, culinary landmarks, restaurants and bakeries, each essential to understanding the evolution of food in the city and why it is so unique. Travel through more than 300 years of history and culture while sampling delicious specialties. The local guides have varied food and culinary credentials and each brings a unique perspective to the experience. 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

    Blake was a great guide. He told very interesting stories about the history of Charleston as we tried lots of Charleston favorites… grits, fried green tomatoes, she crab soup, and so much more! I recommend trying the tour at the beginning of your trip, so you can go back to these places for dinner! We booked the tour for the last day, so now, we have to go back to Charleston again to try them for dinner!

  • Charleston: Downtown Evening Carriage Tour

    4. 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.  

    Excellent way to get acquainted with Charleston. I suggest doing this very early in your visit. This tour introduces you to the city and will help you decide what to do during your visit. Our guide (Scott) was very knowledgeable and passionate about the city of Charleston. This is a “must do” for every trip to Charleston!

  • Charleston: City Tour and Museum Combo

    5. 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...

    A wonderful 2 hours spent in the museum. We could have spent the whole day. I will return to spend more time.

  • Charleston: Dark Side of Charleston 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

    6. 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.

    Great information provided by a very knowledge guide! Lots of laughter and history shared throughout!

  • Charleston: Holiday Decorations and History Walking Tour

    7. Charleston: Holiday Decorations and History Walking Tour

    Ring in the holiday season with a unique and festive guided walking tour around Charleston’s historical city center. View marvelous seasonal decorations as you learn about the city’s fascinating history. Walk past landmarks like the Four Corners of Law and The Battery and stroll through prominent neighborhoods dressed in their holiday best.  Get historic highlights and facts from your expert guide. Hear about old Charlestowne from 1670 through the Civil War to the present.  Enjoy magnificent views of Charleston Harbor as you visit the Edmondston-Alston House museum. Admire the mansion’s Christmas splendor and see a glimpse of 19th century Charleston.

  • Charleston: Magnolia Cemetery Nighttime Tour

    8. 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...

    My husband and I went on the 9:30 tour. It was alot of fun and kind of spooky.Thr guide was knowledgeable and entertaining..I would recommend

  • Charleston: Private Carriage Ride

    9. 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.

    Drudge is an absolutely beautiful horse and Tyler an excellent guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our private carriage ride through Historic Charleston!!

  • Charleston: Haunted Pub Crawl of the Market

    10. Charleston: Haunted Pub Crawl of the Market

    Learn about Charleston’s haunted past while sipping on a local craft beer or a relaxing glass of wine. Hear tales of the ghosts that wander the streets of Charleston and haunt some of the local establishments from an expert guide. Explore the local market which is a designated National Heritage site. This haunted pub crawl tour will also cover the vast history of Charleston’s sordid and seedy affairs.

    This is an actual sit down at each place, get a drink and listen to stories. The guide (Adam) was very personable and fun! Appetizers were included at two of the pubs and drink recs at each one. Would recommend.

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What people are saying about Charleston

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 194 reviews

Blake was a great guide. He told very interesting stories about the history of Charleston as we tried lots of Charleston favorites… grits, fried green tomatoes, she crab soup, and so much more! I recommend trying the tour at the beginning of your trip, so you can go back to these places for dinner! We booked the tour for the last day, so now, we have to go back to Charleston again to try them for dinner!

Drudge is an absolutely beautiful horse and Tyler an excellent guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our private carriage ride through Historic Charleston!!

My husband and I went on the 9:30 tour. It was alot of fun and kind of spooky.Thr guide was knowledgeable and entertaining..I would recommend

Wonderfully creepy history cemetery tour. Ben was nice, honest and very knowledgeable with a sense of humor..

We loved the night time tour! Our guide was an excellent guide!