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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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1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
+1 805-568-2220
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a wedding to attend and traffic to face, however, my persistence prevailed. (Fortunately we made it to the wedding on time. My memory is of colorful tiles, gracious architectural lines and another wedding. Would indeed have liked to spend more time savoring the...More

Thank Andromedagalaxy
Reviewed 2 days ago

John was personable and very knowledgeable. He researched a great deal, and had a lot to memorize before doing these tours. I've lived here 50 years now (wow), and hadn't heard a lot of what he talked about. Worth doing, for sure.

Thank PBZ-SB
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Honestly, this was last on my list of things to do/see AND only if I had nothing else to do in Santa Barbara (SB). As almost everyone thinks....a courthouse!? There's got to be SOMETHING better to see I SB! Fortunately, I had some time to...More

Thank Wendy M
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took our kids here to explore the grounds and the iconic building, it is just as great as we remembered it from years ago. You are able to wander around the court house and even go up the stairs in the tower - about...More

1  Thank fyremaven
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The courthouse is open for public and you can run around pretty much whereever you want. The court room is very impressive and you can even visit it during weddings and meetings. The view on top of the clock tower gives you a nice picture...More

Thank Matthias K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This location is stunningly gorgeous. The grounds are expertly maintained. Docent tours available, or just take your time and explore. The tower affords amazing views of the city and its famous red tile roofs.

Reviewed 6 days ago

Enjoyed the tour and the grounds of the courthouse. It is a beautiful building inside and out, especially enjoyed the little chapel and the rooftop view of Santa Barbara.

Thank dorisp2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful old, historic building with fabulous views from the tower! Definitely, a "must-see" when visiting Santa Barbara. There are always several wedding photo shoots going on the grounds and tower but it's worth the shuffling to see the views. Don't miss the interesting Clock room...More

Thank jtlcopat1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelled here for 4th of July weekend. The courthouse is very attractive and has interesting artwork and other decorations. The clock tower is worth the climb up the stairs and there's a little clock museum towards the top where you can see the insides of...More

Thank Jonathan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard something about the courthouse having great views...and I really didn't think much about going into a courthouse. However, we were driving by and decided to park and walk around it and take pictures. We ventured inside and were very surprised to find...More

1  Thank ryanley
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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
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.