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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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“clock tower” (338 reviews)
“mural room” (169 reviews)
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1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
+1 805-568-2220
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Reviewed yesterday

The Courthouse is gorgeous and the tower gives you terrific views of Santa Barbara. The history of the building is rich and well preserved. It is easy to find and we found street parking nearby.

Thank CharlieMickKeith
Reviewed 2 days ago

A trip to Santa Barbara would not be complete without a visit to the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. The views fro the bell tower is very rewarding and you get a three hundred and sixty degree look at the city. The gardens are very well...More

Thank Lloyd W
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you go to Santa Barbara you must visit the Courthouse. In some ways it beats the Old Mission up on the hill. Mainly, for me, because it is not only a monument, but a working part of the legal process. Court is still in...More

Thank 367john
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

An architectural masterpiece- a Spanish castle in the middle of Santa Barbara built in 1929. Don’t miss the viewing tower and amazing clockworks. #RedShoeLiving

Thank carla L
Reviewed 6 days ago

When we checked in on Sunday the concierge advised us to see this place first - before it closed at 4 pm. We did and were astonished. An artifact of an era where civic pride allowed folks to indulge their need for beauty. It is...More

Thank mghtmck
Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is a great exile of the Santa Barbara style. There are white stucco walls, red brick roof, beautiful gardens surrounding the building and an impressive interior. There are two wonderful spots not to miss. One is the view from the tower; you can...More

Thank CaTraveler7777
Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended a wedding in the mural room. Also enjoyed the bell tower and the scenic bell tower view. Lovely grounds and beautiful architectural details inside. Really a lovely place to visit in Santa Barbara and an excellent wedding location.

Thank Kara D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely building. It's hard to believe it's a courthouse. Entrance is free and they do offer guided tours. Definitely check out the bell tower. The view from the outdoor viewing area at the top provides a nice view of Santa Barbara. Definitely...More

Thank Scott B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Step back in time. Lovely time capsule. Take time stroll and learn. If possible attend one if the masses.

Thank LorraineY1962
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit for the 360 degree views of Santa Barbara! As well as being a beautiful building with lovely grounds.

Thank LouiseLowman
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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.