“What a fantastic experience! We had a private carriage hire for just my wife and me through Carolina Polo and Carriage Company. Eric was the perfect guide, friendly and knowledgeable, with many years of experience as a guide. The carriage, pulled by a horse named Carolina, was most comfortable. We were lucky to have perfect weather. Our tour took us from the French Quarter Inn to the Battery & White Point Gardens area and back. We learned so much as our guide was a font of information–from the impact that the area had in the creation of Porgy and Bess, to the significance of different styles of wood moldings around doors, to what happened in the past in the different buildings and houses that we viewed. The cost of $150 was well worth it. It was the highlight of our trip to this beautiful city. Be sure to ask for Eric.” –RubyCavalier
“This tour was very nice. It is nicely paced with lots of information. Our guide for the tour was Tim Dillinger and he was fabulous! He was funny, engaging, and informative! Our horse, Chico, was great as well! I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the city!” —Yavanna H.
Our vis-à-vis carriages comfortably hold 4 adults. Pricing is per carriage and includes a private one hour, fully narrated horse drawn carriage tour of the historic district.
Once guests are loaded onto the carriage and cleared for departure, it is a requirement by the City of Charleston Tourism Officials that they check in at the gate prior to departure. For tax reasons and traffic flow, the city is in charge of randomly doling out one of four routes that each carriage will receive through the historic district of Charleston. This is determined by a spin of a bingo ball machine. The color that comes up determines the route or “zone” that particular carriage is allowed to tour.
Please check in with an attendant at the Carolina Polo & Carriage ticket office inside the lobby of the Double Tree Hotel at 181 Church Street 10 minutes prior to your tour start time.
Your tour will begin near the 200 year old Historic City Market which spans 4 blocks and is one of the oldest public markets in the United States.
Depending on the route you are given, highlights of your tour could include notable sites such as Rainbow Row. One of the longest contiguous rows of pre-revolutionary buildings left in America, Rainbow Row is probably the most recognized set of buildings in Charleston.
You might also pass and hear the history behind several historic homes and mansions, including the Villa Marguerite, the William Washington House and the Famous #2 Meeting Street Inn which overlooks White Point Gardens and is one of the most photographed buildings in the southeast.
You can see the Four Corners of Law located at the intersection of Meeting and Broad Street, famously coined the Four Corners of Law by Robert Ripley from Ripley’s Believe It or Not fame.
Several routes are possible for your tour, and these are just a few examples of the sights to be seen! All tours finish in the Historic City Market where you are free to enjoy your next Charleston adventure.