Historic West Side Walking Tour

Austin Tours

***Tours are temporarily suspended until June 2020**** Starting at the Capitol front door, enjoy a guided walk on the west side of downtown, where Victorian Austinites built stately homes at the turn of the century. Witness the changes in the architecture of downtown Austin, with a mix of Texas Vernacular, Victorian and Beaux-Arts, transitioning to Art Deco and recent 21st century styles.

What You'll Do

Witness the changing skyline of Downtown Austin- transitioning from a mix of Classical, Victorian, and Beaux Arts styles to Deco and modern as downtown commercial activity expanded westward. The tour includes an up-close encounter with one of Austin’s unique Moonlight Towers.

Age & Fitness

Please note - Hilly terrain, stairs – approx. 1.5 miles / 90 minutes.

Meeting Location

This tour meets outside at the south steps of the main entrance of the Texas State Capitol. Your guide will contact you the evening before the tour to confirm the meeting location.

When To Arrive

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time.


Capitol Visitor Parking Garage; E 12th St. between Trinity St. and San Jacinto Blvd. Limited parking on and near Congress Avenue.

Cancellations & Refunds

Reservations can be rescheduled but not refunded.

"Positive Experience "

February 15, 2020 - 

Thank you Elizabeth for enriching my knowledge about Austin and its historic homes. The ability to tour the home which is now Austin Women’s Club was a bonus.

"Old Houses to Love"

December 7, 2019 - 

A block of beautiful Victorian houses saved from the wreckers. Elizabeth my guide was well informed of their history and made it so much more meaningful. Recommended


November 17, 2019 - 


"Sunny day tour"

November 9, 2019 - 


"Wonderful Tour"

September 28, 2019 - 

Elizabeth was fantastic. We had a great time.

"Interesting and fun tour of the historic section of Austin."

May 25, 2019 - 

We really enjoyed the tour and recommend it!

"Excellent tour"

April 21, 2019 - 

Elizabeth was friendly and knowledgeable. Great tour for history buffs.

"Wonderful with Elizabeth"

April 13, 2019 - 

With horizontal rains, inside out umbrellas and rumbling skies, Elizabeth enthusiastically and humourously shared the stories of Austin. A super tour.

"Great tour!"

March 24, 2019 - 

Elizabeth provided our group with a wonderful experience. Learned a lot about the history of Austin through the architecture we saw and the photos the tour guide brought to show us.


March 3, 2019 - 

Elizabeth was a good guide -- very knowledgeable.

"Was absolutely excellent!"

February 25, 2019 - 

We liked hearing about the historic figures who shaped Austin. Harrison was a wealth of knowledge and made our tour fascinating. We felt that we learned much. Thank you so much!!

"What a fun, surprising tour! "

February 4, 2019 - 

This tour was fantastic. Elizabeth is a gem! She was incredibly knowledgeable and her timing was impeccable (if you go, you’ll know what I mean!) She really brought the stories of the people who lived in and around these homes to life and we were even lucky enough to go inside one of them - a truly surprising treat and a highlight of our trip! Don’t miss out on this one - you’ll regret it!

"Capitol tour"

December 9, 2018 - 

Thank you, very nice.

"Harrison Knew His History "

September 1, 2018 - 

Harrison made the tour very interesting with his knowledge. Did a wonderful job and great stories to share.

"Needs better planning "

October 14, 2017 - 

Pleasant leader but not as well prepared as needed. Visiting the Chateau Bellevue was the highlight of the tour.


August 15, 2017 - 

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the area. I am so glad some of these old houses were saved. Highly recommend the tour to anyone who enjoys seeing Victorian era architecture and hearing the family stories behind them!

"Great Experience with beautiful victorian mansions "

August 11, 2017 - 

I highly recommend this walking tour! Beautiful victorian houses, a tour guide who seems to be highly interested in the work field of an historian and a special surprise in the end.


July 30, 2017 - 

Elizabeth is a fantastic tour guide! Lots of fun and interesting information at a very reasonable walking pace!


April 22, 2017 - 


"Elizabeth was wonderful!"

April 10, 2017 - 

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, Elizabeth is very knowledgeable and one can only sympathise with her when hearing about all the beautiful Victorian properties that were demolished to erect what can only be described as an eye sore. One could almost hear her inner cringing when mentioning the subject! A fantastic and informative way to spend a Saturday morning. Whether you are familiar with Austin or not, I recommend this tour. Laura

"Awesome "

April 8, 2017 - 

The tour was so informative and it was great to learn about a particular part in Austin history! Not to mention the homes are GORGEOUS!

"wonderful tour"

March 25, 2017 - 

This was my second tour with Patsy and she didn't disappoint! This time, my husband, who has mobility issues, came too and Patsy accommodated his slow walking pace with great kindness and consideration. She's extremely knowledgeable about Austin history and architecture. I highly recommend this tour.

"Patsy is s great guide ..."

February 11, 2017 - 

... and the woman's club house was amazing

"Fabulous Walk Through History"

February 5, 2017 - 

We enjoyed the walk on on a "foggy" Austin day --- got to hear stories of Austin historical figure and enjoyed seeing some beautiful homes. Worth the walk!! Easy to locate our guide at the Capital Building --- Thank you for a great experience!


November 26, 2016 - 

Guide knew her history!

"Good guide. Enjoyed a part of Austin I had not seen"

November 12, 2016 - 

Enjoyed learning about a different part of Austin

"Worth every step"

September 24, 2016 - 

Tour guide was well informed

"Great tour!"

July 9, 2016 - 

Beautiful homes and great historic stories.

"Great experience"

July 2, 2016 - 

Elizabeth was a fantastic guide - balancing history, trivia and displaying a good sense of humor. We really enjoyed the tour.

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