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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
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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.

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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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