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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.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mural room” (172 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

Very helpful staff and gorgeous views from top. Take the elevator to top and walk down stairs to see every floor, the clock room is great and the murals are awesome

Thank whitebecky66
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful historical building with clock tower and viewing tower. Can’t describe how spectacular this building is.

Thank claudine53
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took a tour of this landmark and it was great. There is quite a bit of history attached to this building. we just loved the panoramic view of the entire city and the view of the mountains in the distance.

Thank FloridaDonna
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very nice but court was in session. Lovely old building but didn't see it all. Ceilings of the main building had beautiful paintings.

Thank Mary O
Reviewed 4 days ago

Live in Santa Barbara and decided to play tourist and see what all the visitors want to see in Santa Barbara. Had a nice tour of the courthouse, walked up the tower for fantastic views of all of Santa Barbara. Beautiful building, beautiful design lots...More

Thank D4376UYchrisb
Reviewed 5 days ago

The County Courthouse is an awesome place to visit, and get a sense of Santa Barbara's architecture and heritage. The inside was reminiscent of some old European buildings.

Thank MindfulGuest
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is real functioning courthouse which is hard to believe. Nice gardens, mural room and a view if you want to walk up. Worthwhile.

Thank coachee1313
Reviewed 1 week ago

This must be the most beautiful courthouse in America. Take a walk through it and enjoy the gardens.

Thank BuceriasBoy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Climb the stairs and head up to the top of the bell tower; you'll not be disappointed. The views (and the dreams they'll inspire) are well beyond compare.

Thank Dann S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This one is a no brainer. It is free. We had to park a block or so away but no big deal. The architecture and decor of this courthouse is wonderful with a lot of Cali history portrayed, From the tiles to the murals to...More

Thank gzgirl
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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
25 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.