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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
+1 805-568-2220
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Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“clock tower” (357 reviews)
“mural room” (188 reviews)
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1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
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"clock tower"
in 357 reviews
"mural room"
in 188 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 197 reviews
"tile work"
in 100 reviews
"sunken garden"
in 50 reviews
"degree view"
in 39 reviews
"court room"
in 30 reviews
"law library"
in 27 reviews
"viewing tower"
in 25 reviews
"observation deck"
in 36 reviews
"free tour"
in 37 reviews
"great architecture"
in 33 reviews
"spanish architecture"
in 57 reviews
"entire city"
in 23 reviews
"santa barbara county"
in 42 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 68 reviews
"docent tour"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice mansion, Spanish style, which is easily accessible for outside visitors and it’s free of charge. Very nice overlook of Santa Barbara from the tower. There are daily free tours at certain hours before noon. Unfortunately, parking space in the vicinity is very limited.

Thank Mr_Nobody_1979
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Driving back to LA passing Santa Barbara, so we decided to stop here to have a look around. It was a Sunday, so it was quiet around the town. The Courthouse building was really pretty. Very magnificent clock tower too. Walked around the building, walked...More

Thank Jason526
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Stunning architecture, beautiful inside and out. Don't miss the meeting room on second floor, clock working son mezzanine, and views from the tower on fourth floor.

Thank Denise L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning building and definitely worth talking the time to walk up the clock tower. Climb the ornately tiled stairs and the mural room where historic paintings depict a mural timeline of Santa Barbara’s history. Keep climbing to the top for a 360 degree view of Santa...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The clock tower had a fabulous view of Santa Barbara and it does have an elevator if you require one. The courtroom is a one of a kind and the entire grounds are beautiful.

Thank plstrobel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, all of the tourist reviews rate this as the number one place to see in Santa Barbara. Right, a court house. Well, the reviews are correct. We arrived for the 2pm free docent tour, with we would highly recommend (tours are at 10:30 and...More

Thank dougnorm
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go up to the top, you’ll get the most awesome views of Santa Barbara. Everything is so picturesque! We saw a group taking a tour with a docent. From the little bit we overheard, it sounded very interesting. We would have done that if we...More

Thank Dsar6798
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The views, the clock, the murals, the long walkways ... all wonderful, and not very time consuming. Best part... it's free!

Thank AK_Steve_AK
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The fifteen or so minutes that I spent walking around the courthouse and up to the top of the tower were so worth it. The views are gorgeous!

Thank Mindi B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful wedding ceremony venue! Came here for a wedding and it was gorgeous! There were multiple weddings going on at once from different sides/parts of the courthouse. Very picturesque!

Thank pnitake
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Mason Z
19 October 2017|
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Response from I78 | Reviewed this property |
The hors on the weekend are 10-4:30. Enjoy the views!
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Joanne G
13 December 2016|
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Response from RogerB2000 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a lift to the bell tower, which also stops at other levels
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NatDyer
26 September 2016|
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Response from donnabaton | Reviewed this property |
I can't remember for sure, but since it is a public building in use every day as a courthouse I am pretty sure it opens at least by 9 am.
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