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Winchester Mystery House

525 S Winchester Blvd, North San Jose, San Jose, CA 95128
+1 408-247-2101
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Ranked #14 of 64 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: Visitors can tour the house and gardens once owned by wealthy widow Sarah Winchester, who kept...
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Type: Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: Visitors can tour the house and gardens once owned by wealthy widow Sarah Winchester, who kept construction going on the 160-room Victorian mansion for 38 years.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

I absolutely loved the Winchester House. It was almost like being in the Willy Wonka movie with staircases that led to the ceiling, doors that lead nowhere. I loved the door with a huge outdoor drop off, the one inch deep cupboards and just the overall suspense as you walked through the house. The eccentricity was truly evident here. I... More 

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Neat tour. Interesting house. If you like bizarre architecture, it would probably be up your alley. Of course the place was a colossal waste of money and built by a (likely) mentally deranged person, but if that doesn't bother you, check it out. I've been twice, but once was likely enough. I just went on the house tour, not the... More 

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Napa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Weird house but good experience. Our guide did a great job explaining all the odd rooms and staircases. A fun little adventure. Bring a coat.

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Lake Placid, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Mrs. Winchester sure was a fascinating woman and the house was like nothing I had ever seen before. We did both the house tour and behind the scenes tour. The tour guides were obviously incredibly scripted, but between both tours we got to see almost the entire house, including the basement. At Christmas time they have several pretty trees throughout... More 

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Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Interesting tour. We did the main mansion tour and the behind the scenes tour. It was a lot of walking, but interesting, just dress comfortably. Only water is allowed to drink on the tour, so finish your drinks/snacks ahead of time. Free parking was right across street and very convenient. I could see this tour being boring for the little... More 

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Fresno , CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Come see what too much money, and guilt/fear built. Google the story for full details. The mansion and grounds are fantastic.I can only amagine the effort constant construction took to build this place. The guided tours are well worth the price. That being said, if you are on a tight budget, you can always visit for free. You can park... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This house is absolutely mind-blowing! Mrs. Winchester's obsession with building is something that has to been seen. Doors that lead to nowhere, windows in the floors, and uneven staircases. The outside garden is gorgeous as well as the mansion itself. Go for the history, stay for the experience.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We attended a guided flash light tour of the mansion the week of Halloween. Well, we set ourselves up for disappointment thinking that this was going to be a haunted tour... Nope, it was not. The highlight of the tour was the mansion itself. The architecture is quite grand and well preserved. The snippets of history that is shared per... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

I especially enjoyed the Christmas decorations in and around the mansion. The guide Steve was very knowledgeable and passionate. I had a lot of fun!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This was a fun tour. It does seem a little pricey, but I still enjoyed it. I took the grand tour which included the mansion, some outer buildings, and the basement. I think I would pass on the extras and just do the mansion tour next time. The house was the most interesting part. Mrs. Winchester made some really interesting... More 

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