“Great carriage ride, this carriage tour company was recommended due to the guides knowledge of the city. Took the historical tour that covered Rainbow Row and Battery Park. Our guide knew the city’s history well and delivered the information in an engaging manner.” —Linda H.
Tours depart from the Historic City Market every 30 minutes between the following hours:
- 9:30am-5pm, daily during daylight savings time (March – Nov)
- 9:30am-4pm, daily (Nov – Feb)
Please check in at the ticket office at 181 Church Street in the lobby of the Double Tree Hotel on your selected day prior to your preferred time of departure and you will be assigned to the next available tour.
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.
All of the public tours begin in the Historic City Market.
There are several tour routes possible, and highlights of your tour could include notable sites such as the Old Exchange building, one of the most historic buildings in America. Finished in 1771, this was the last building constructed by the British before the Revolutionary War.
The Edmonston Allston House is also seen on this route, as well as the historic White Point Gardens, better known as “The Battery.”
Your guide will also share with you the significance of several points of interest if you pass along Meeting Street, including the Calhoun Mansion, the Historic House Museum (The Nathaniel Russel House) and First Scott’s Presbyterian Church.
These highlights are just a fraction of all the incredible historic sights you might see on one of our tours around Charleston, depending on which route your tour takes. All tours finish in the Historic City Market where you are free to enjoy your next Charleston adventure.