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About Us

Palmetto Carriage Works is the oldest carriage tour company in Charleston! Come tour historic downtown Charleston by mule or horse-drawn carriage with some of the most experienced personnel in the Charleston carriage industry.

We have been a family owned and operated company since 1972. Having fine-tuned every aspect of a carriage ride experience, we pride ourselves on providing authentic and historically rich carriage tours of Charleston, SC that your family and friends will remember for years to come!

The popularity of the tour has grown out of the Big Red Barn. The quality and longevity of the staff, the remarkable record of animal care, and the thousands of satisfied customers all stand testament to an outstanding product; a product that they stand behind 100%.

Though Charleston passed legislation saying guides no longer need to be licensed, we hold our guides to a higher standard. All of our tour guides are Palmetto Guild Certified to ensure your tour is accurate, authentic, and the fun affair you expect from Palmetto Carriage Works.

Hear Why Over 5,000 Visitors Rate Us 5 Stars on TripAdvisor

Simply The Best Carriage Tour

Have taken the tour twice now and both times had different drivers, the same horse on different days weeks apart and all were excellent in their service, knowledge, and entertainment value.

– jrncsa1
Wonderful Tour!

This is our 4th tour with Palmetto Carriage and we had a great time as usual! They have very knowledgeable tour guides who explain the history of Charleston in a very interesting way & are very good at answering questions! Wonderful company!

– tanyam996
Carriage Ride

Our guide Mike W. was awesome! He made it fun, relaxing, and entertaining. Very knowledgeable! I go on quite a few trips and frequently attend many tours and he succeeded my expectations. I will be returning soon for sure!

– Briadavis2
Must Do!

Wow! What a great way to tour the city. The weather was as perfect as our guide Rob was awesome. He really had a way to combine history with humor and make it one of the most memorable times of our trip south. This is a must do for everyone!

– PALori6
Great, Informative Ride!

Five of us decided on the combination carriage ride. The horses seemed well cared for and the driver was pleasant and gave much information as we rode through the town. Awesome tour!

– freddi g