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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.
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  • Average2%
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“mural room” (165 reviews)
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1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
+1 805-568-2220
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The tower views are spectacular. The venue is free and worth doing. Very centrally placed in Santa Barbara.

Thank Kay H
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Santa Barbara courthouse is beautiful and is still a functioning courthouse. The architecture is not to be missed. Make sure you climb the stairs (or take the elevator) to the clock tower observation deck. I visited on a Saturday morning and there was no...More

Thank Patricia J
Reviewed 4 days ago

This courthouse is not only historical and beautiful, but the courthouse rooms are still in use.. Check out Law Library on second floor and Tower on top floor (it's a climb if you use stairway), but worth it. The view is amazing.

Thank 1stepforward
Reviewed 5 days ago

We spent a wonderful hour with Tom Mackey, the docent at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. Tom filled us full of fascinating facts about the history of the building, the area and the art an and landscape of the courthouse. It is beautiful and well worth...More

Thank chancecody
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nice to visit a place for free, with an elevator up to the top to look out over SB! The whole building is so well maintained and we enjoyed walking through the grounds.

Thank Tappy-WestSussex
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My actual business was not there but nearby. Spanish architecture is wonderful. Stop by for a few minutes or spend an hour. If you have to be in court.....go here.

Thank treike
Reviewed 6 days ago

With beautiful views of the city from the clock tower, and the remarkable paintings in the Mural Room, this is a must see for any visitor.

Thank aimee0072017
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The working Superior Courthouse has around 8 Courtrooms, but is open to visitors throughout the day. Well worth the visit, if only to climb the 4 stories (working elevator is wanted) to get a 360deg view of the city.

Thank Neil S
Reviewed 6 days ago

Climb to the top of the clock tower and get a 360 degree view of Santa Barbara. Stop in the main court room and gather up interesting history. Beautiful grounds and courtyard.

Thank mike747seattle
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of history. Top of the tower is awesome. There is an elevator and a few steep step at the very top.

Thank thefrenchpro
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Joanne G
Would someone in a wheelchair or scooter be able to access most of the building?
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
What time does it open?
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.