We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (1,552)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“clock tower”(365 reviews)
“mural room”(190 reviews)
Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns.
Open Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
+1 805-962-6464
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Santa Barbara
from US$ 6.00
More Info
from US$ 8.50
More Info
from US$ 130.00
More Info
from US$ 140.00
More Info
Reviews (2,722)
Filter reviews
2,359 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews clock tower mural room beautiful building tile work sunken garden degree view court room law library viewing tower observation deck free tour great architecture spanish architecture santa barbara county worth a visit docent tour open to the public
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 2,359 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We picked up a walking tour guide from the visitors centre. It took you round all the red roofed Spanish style buildings and was easy to follow. This building was part of the tour. You can go up to a tower on the roof which...More

Thank Garforthsoulmates
Reviewed yesterday

When in Santa Barbara the Courthouse is a must visit, the architecture of the building and the rooms inside (Mural Room) make this one to check off the tourist list. Take the elevator or the stairs to see the bell room and then on up...More

Thank Gerritodorrito
Reviewed 2 days ago

An icon of Santa Barbara, the courthouse is the best place to get a birds eye view of the city. Stop also in the mural room to see a beautiful space that tells the story of the Spanish arrival to the area. It’s a quick...More

Thank Simon R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful architecture and don’t miss the ride to the top of the bell tower for an amazing view. The chapel is cool too - we saw a wedding party doing a rehearsal.

Thank Angela B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The court house is a rich historical treasure of Santa Barbara. Take a guided tour and learn a lot about our city and it’s history. If you don’t have the time, just visit and walk around, read the signs, and go into the historic court...More

Thank Trippy_Tomato2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Architecturally a stunning building!! Go up to the clock tower and get a panoramic 360 view of SB! A must see when in town.

Thank Fredrik R
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you enjoy older historic buildings as I do, go to this area. So much history here. Take time to look at the buildings and enjoy them.

Thank auvoir
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A work g court house you can walk about in Is great. Beautiful murals and picture we had an hour tour from.Bob who was great We very interesting A must see place

Thank richard c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went by this beautiful building before summer with my mom and we just fell in love with it, then we stayed because someone was taking their wedding photos they looked so beautiful and before we left another big wedding party showed up to do...More

Thank lvalentina81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The architecture of the courthouse is mission style with gorgeous tilework and murals. The clock tower gives a great view of downtown Santa Barbara and the harbor.

Thank edinsb2018
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 53 nearby hotels
Kimpton Canary Hotel
1,193 reviews
.37 km away
Spanish Garden Inn
1,375 reviews
.37 km away
The Upham Hotel
707 reviews
.69 km away
Simpson House Inn
645 reviews
.81 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 580 nearby restaurants
Lilac Patisserie
167 reviews
.22 km away
Jeannine's Bakery
163 reviews
.11 km away
Petit Valentien
246 reviews
.12 km away
French Press
156 reviews
.20 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 334 nearby attractions
The Granada Theatre
107 reviews
.26 km away
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
355 reviews
.19 km away
The Historic La Arcada Courtyard
77 reviews
.13 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Mason Z
19 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from I78 | Reviewed this property |
The hors on the weekend are 10-4:30. Enjoy the views!
Joanne G
13 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from RogerB2000 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a lift to the bell tower, which also stops at other levels
26 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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.