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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 #16 of 80 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Mysterious Sites, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Traveler Description: Winchester Mystery House was built by Sarah Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester. She married him in 1862 and was happily married to him... more »
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Do both tours. It's not scary. The 2nd tour gets you underneath to more of the house. You'll learn a lot from the guide.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We took the guided tour of the house, several footsteps in and we where already blown away by the bazaar architectural infrastructure. The only word I can think of to describe the house itself is an enigma, meaning a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling or difficult to understand. Which also applies to Sara Winchester. As you progress through... More

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Longport, New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I had heard about this house for years. It was mentioned in many magazines as well as featured on tv shows. It was on my bucket list to see. I took both tours-the main one, and the one of the back of the house and the basement (where the famous ghost roams). I enjoyed the property immensely including the tours.... More

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
16 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The hype for this attraction seriously overstates the reality. We had signed up for the Mansion Tour and the Behind the Scenes Tour - which was a bit of a misnomer as it was a predominantly 'Under the Floor' tour. For a house designed to disorientate and puzzle, it didn't live up to expectations. The quirky eccentricities were actually fairly... More

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El Cerrito, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Took house and behind the scenes tour....very intersting!! I wish we had more time to wander through the house during the tours - as they are pretty quick and it's tough to ask the very pointed questions....but when we did the behind the scenes tour, I was able to ask a lot of my questions. The tour guide for house... More

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main line, pa
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Visited with family and is worth the trip at least every few years. The guided tours contain about 16 guests and makes the tour interesting and manageable. My kids loved the tour guides tales and exploring the hundreds of nooks and crannies. Many parts of the house remain off limits and in need of repair, but there are still plenty... More

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St. Paul, MN
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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Due to time constraints, we took the Behind the Scenes tour because the next two Mansion tours were sold out. Our daughter and son-in-law had taken the Mansion tour before - so they were OK with taking the Behind-The-Scenes tour. In their words... it was totally NOT worth the $27 each for this tour! We didn't know any different, but... More

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Århus Danmark
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Several tours are offered but we just opted for the "Mansion Tour" and I am glad we did. There was a long waiting time (around 30 mins) for our tour. The tour itself did not really capture my interest. The mystery/ies seemed thin if at all they can be considered to be mysteries. The oddities appear to be more due... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Fun to see the odd adaptations made to this rambling old house. An interesting distraction for an afternoon. May have been more fun to be able to explore the house on our own than with a tour guide, since it was designed to get people disoriented and lost. Worth one visit anyway.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

After a 1,200 mile vacation through Santa Clara, San Fran, Redwoods, and crater lake - this house and the tour was our kids favorite. Sticker shock for entrance prices, but again, kids absolutely loved this house!

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