Governor's Mansion, Austin ©
The opulent plantation-style mansion that is home to the Texas State governor is one of the oldest buildings in the city, dating from 1856. Although it is still very much lived in when the governor is in town, the mansion is open to the public for limited hours each day and many historical artefacts are on display, including portraits of Davy Crockett and Sam Houston, and a collection of mementoes from each administration. The mansion has been recently renovated; guided tours are available, which offer interesting anecdotes about previous governors.
Address: Colorado Street
Telephone: Reservations: (512) 463-5516; Capitol Complex Visitors Center: (512) 305-8400.
Opening times: Guided tours: Tuesday to Thursday 10am-12pm. Reservations must be made one week in advance.