The South entrance of the Capitol building serves as the departure point for two free guided-walking tours of downtown that help history buffs explore Austin's past.
The 10-block Congress Avenue and nine-block Sixth Street (Pecan Street) National Register Districts interweave modern skyscrapers with 19th century buildings such as the Old Bakery (1876), Millett Opera House (1878), Driskill Hotel (1886), Walter Tips Building (1876) and Robinson-Rosner Building (1856). Historic structures such as St. Mary's Cathedral (1874) and St. David's Church (1854) reflect Old World architecture. The Historic Congress Avenue & Sixth Street tour times are 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday and require a reservation 48 hours in advance.
For a peek into the lives of Victorian-era high society, take a stroll through the Bremond Block Historic District, a collection of homes belonging to members of the John Bremond, Sr. family. Walking Tours take place at 11 a.m. Saturdays and require a 48 hour advance reservation.
Other self-guided tours include the Texas State Cemetery, the resting place of many Texas heroes, and the West Austin area. If you would like to see historic Austin at your own pace, stop by the Austin Visitor Center to pick up a brochure.
For Tour Information contact the Austin Visitor Center:
Groups numbering more than 10 persons, or desiring special arrangements, can be accommodated, subject to guide availability, on a fee basis. Please call the Austin Visitor Center, 512-478-0098. We can create a walking tour custom-tailored for your group's interests and schedule.
Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Austin
Available year-round Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday, weather permitting.
(If you need to make or cancel a reservation, please contact the Austin Visitor Center at 512-478-0098 or 866-GO-AUSTIN as far in advance as possible (preferably a 48-hour notice.)
Congress Ave. & Sixth Street
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. Sunday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.