There is no better way to explore Charleston's historic streets than by horse and carriage. With the most seasoned guides and the best-looking horses, Classic Carriage Works operates out of the oldest active stable in town. Join us and our horses for one of the most memorable carriage rides that you'll experience through the heart of Charleston, SC!
Let us show you the magic that has made Charleston one of the top travel destinations in the world. Few cities in the country can rival Charleston when it comes to the substantial impact on the course of American history our city has had. During your tour, you can see some of the city’s most famous attractions while our guides supply you with an enriched understanding of the prosperous and stormy history of this notable city.
Carriage rides have a deep tradition in the city, and there are several companies in operation today. So, why choose Classic Carriage Works? Here’s why we offer one of the best carriage tours in Charleston:
Quality, Not Quantity
We offer an engaging, personalized experience. Our guides, sales staff, and barn staff are very familiar with the city and are happy to answer questions about history, dining recommendations, animal care, and anything else a guest might want to know.
As a member of the Palmetto Guild, we only employ tour guides who are licensed to give tours by the City of Charleston. All of our guides have been driving carriages for a minimum of four years—and they are all incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining!
We employ 10 beautiful black Percheron Draft Horses ranging in age from 6 to 16 and weighing in from 1800-2200 pounds. The benefits of having such a small number in our herd is that they get lots of personal attention and care based on each horse's individual needs.
We are dedicated to ensuring that our horses are the best groomed, best cared for animals in the city. Our horses get more pasture time and longer breaks than mandated by the city, and we follow much stricter temperature standards as well. We love our horses!
We are the only carriage company in Charleston to offer specialty tours in addition to general history tours. Our highly rated specialty tours include the Civil War Tour (11am Thursday-Sunday) and the Slavery to Freedom Tour (1pm on Fridays & Saturdays).
Settled in May of 1670, Charles Town was the oldest English colony south of Virginia. What was once a small town frequented by sailors, fur traders, slave ships, and pirates, would become one of the busiest harbors in the country—and the wealthiest city per capita in North America. The colony combined European, West African, and Caribbean cultures to form a vibrant and thriving city.
Charleston has withstood attacks by the French and Spanish, a blockage by the notorious pirate Blackbeard, the largest slave revolt in British North America, and the longest siege in our nation's history. In 1776 during the American Revolution, Charleston was the site of one of the first great victories of the war, as well as the worst defeat in 1780. As the "Cradle of Secession," Charleston led the country into one of the deadliest conflicts in American history with the firing on Fort Sumter in April of 1861. The Holy City has also endured fires, smallpox epidemics, tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes throughout its lifetime.
Despite its long history of disaster and catastrophe, Charleston prevails as a city of grace, elegance, and charm. Given that the city's motto is "Aedes Mores Juraque Curat," which translates to "She guards her buildings, customs, and laws," it comes as no surprise that in 1931, Charleston became the first historic district in America.
This passion for the wellbeing of the city has led to Charleston becoming one of the most-preserved cities in America. Tourism has revived the city over the decades, with Charleston receiving multiple awards as a top travel destination in the world. Not to mention, Charleston is also one of the country's friendliest cities, as well as one of the culinary hotspots of America.
Let Classic Carriage Works show you what makes our city so special.