Spare the Horses, James ($189)

In the latter half of the 19th century, Queen Victoria, whose name this city proudly bears, had a carriage driver named James Darling.  Traditionally, staff was addressed only by their surname.  As such, Queen Victoria would have addressed Mr. Darling as ‘Darling’ – possibly inappropriately.  So, she called him ‘James’.   Always impatient and anxious to get home to the palace, “Home James, and don’t spare the horses’, is said to have been a phrase she used regularly.

Victoria Carriage TourBut we’re in no hurry here.  This is Victoria after all.  Listen.  Clip.  Clop.  Clip.  Clop.  The sound of horse’s hoofs on old pavement.  Your stress level goes down.  You begin to relax as you enjoy the sites on a 30 minute carriage ride around our beautiful, historic city.   Your driver (it may not be James) will entertain you with tales about Victoria’s historic past, some observations about the present and maybe some projections for the future.  Victoria Carriage Tours, Victoria’s premier carriage company, will host your ride.  You may choose to be dropped off or picked up at one of Abbeymoore's gourmet restaurant partners located in downtown or you may take the carriage ride at a time of your choosing.

Our restaurant partners include:
The Blue Crab, Cafe Brio*, 10 Acres or Restaurant Matisse

This package includes:

  • a 30 minute private carriage ride 
  • a $100 gift certificate for dinner

Add this package to any stay for just $189**

**Plus applicable Taxes

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*Cafe Brio is located outside the carriage zone

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