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Address: 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
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Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style,...

Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns.

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A must see in Santa Barbara

This not so secret place is fabulous. I would recommend taking a docent led tour. You'll learn a ton about the local heritage and this fabulous icon. The mural room and clock... read more

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Goleta, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This not so secret place is fabulous. I would recommend taking a docent led tour. You'll learn a ton about the local heritage and this fabulous icon. The mural room and clock tower have just been renovated and they are beautiful. The grounds are where many concerts are held (the sunken garden). Don't pass up this opportunity when visiting our... More 

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Dresher, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This courthouse really lives up to its hype! Stunningly beautiful inside and outside. If at all possible, try to take one of the free 60 minute visitor tours given daily at 2:00 pm and also on Monday-Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 am. If you are not a history buff, the tour may drag a bit at the beginning when you... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great free place to visit in Santa Barbara. Old place, the tower has a great view on the city. Great for talking pictures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were able to see the old courtroom and the clock/bell tower. What a beautiful building. Very well maintained. There are a lot of stairs or you can take an elevator to the tower.

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Santa Barbara, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not only is the Courthouse, architecturally beautiful but the view from the top of the bell tower has to be the best view in town. There are docent led tours each day but the building is open to the public 7 days a week, to explore on your own.

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Described by some people as the most beautiful Courthouse in the United States, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a must see for any visitor or resident. Built in 1929, the Courthouse is a large, beautiful building, with many rooms, exciting murals, lots of fascinating architectural details, asymmetry, tiling, complexity, and stunning views. Going to the top is a must... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great tours and knowledgeable tour guides. A beautiful building inside and out. Gorgeous grounds and impressive views. You're missing out if you don't stop by and at least walk through the building and the grounds, even if you don't take the tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is such a great, and FREE, place to visit. So much historical artwork and the architecture is stunning.

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Someone on the bus mentioned that the old courthouse was worth checking out and we are so glad we did! The architecture and grounds are beautiful and the docent in the front lobby gave us information about the courthouse's history. The view from the top tower is a 360- degree view of Santa Barbara, you can see the Mission, Ocean... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thank goodness for the big vision of Santa Barbara's forefathers. What a magnificent building. Don't miss the mural room or the tower.

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