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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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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
+1 805-962-6464
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Courthouse is set in beautiful gardens, the courtrooms very impressive and steeped in history, and the view from the bell tower is a must. The lift wasn’t working the day we were there, so we got some exercise getting up the stairs, but it...More

Thank Nolsie1
Reviewed 5 days ago

We parked ( free 75 min) on Santa Barbara St, the backside, thinking the building on front of us was the part of the courthouse, later to find out it was the jail.. so ornate. walking across the grass to the main entrance, so grand....More

Thank mykomyko
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited here whilst in Santa Barbara. Does not take long to look around but had amazing all round views. Very interesting and well worth a visit by all ages.... Lift up and stairs down... Beautiful building.

Thank LINDAmia
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you are in Santa Barbara you MUST COME SEE THIS! Take an hour and walk around and explore but get the 75¢ guide pamphlet. If your able, go up to tower observation deck. On the way up there take a breather at the clock...More

Thank krsoregon
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The top of the Courthouse has the best view of downtown Danta Barbara, from the mountains to the ocean. Be sure to visit the Mural room and stroll through the sunken gardens for a beautiful taste of Santa Barbara history.

Thank catherinesmith135
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really a fun way to spend an hour or so in lovely SB. The Docent tour was perfect. Gave a nice history of a truly unique courthouse. Highly recommend and make sure to climb to the top of the tower for great views.

Thank okatty
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can go up the tower for free and enjoy the great view from up there, its possible to look in all directions, from the ocean to the mountains, stunningly beautiful! also the courthouse itself is very interesting to pace around in, lots of old...More

Thank Marina A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in Santa Barbara, then it's worth going to the Santa Barbara Courthouse. This historic Spanish Styled building is located in the heart of Santa Barbara just blocks from excellent shopping and restaurants. You can go to the top floor and get panoramic views...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Santa Barbara courthouse is actually a work of art. Make sure you go to the top and look at the city. However, due to the homeless population in the area, so many businesses have closed. Therefore, it’s not as enjoyable to visit the surrounding...More

Thank robinr328
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the walk up to viewing area, spectacular views, inside is also amazing. The building is beautiful

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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!
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.