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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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77 reviews 77 reviews
16 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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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
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11 helpful votes 11 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
28 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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Barrie
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4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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Conroe, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This historical house was a great choice for us. We chose the 65 minute tour, which is 1 of 2 to choose from. It was app. $30.00 each to see the inside of this famous home. The quirks and kinks of the "mystery" house were well explained by our guide. We enjoyed discovering the many rooms, hearing about the non-stop... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What a great attraction. Learn the history of the odd widow and her husband's business history. Can be a bit corny but definitely impressive to see. Great for kids.

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Orlando, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I'm a fan of the bizarre and I have been interested in visiting the Winchester Mystery House since I was a kid and I'm very happy to say that it lives up to hype, though I'm sure it helps that we had a great tour guide. Just walking on the grounds and getting a scope on how absolutely large this... More

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