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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 85 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Historic Sites, Mysterious Sites, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This house is truly a sight to be seen. The outside grounds are beautiful, and since we visited right before the holidays, most rooms were being decorated for Christmas. The house is full of doors that lead nowhere, windows inside of rooms, and complete with 3 non-working elevators. This house is so big that if left on your own you... More

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California
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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

I took the $40 tour which included everything. It was worth the extra cost to get to see some of the other buildings (besides the main house) and go in the basement. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and some crack jokes during the tour. I would recommend this to anyone.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Interesting but way overpriced for a simple tour - The tour guide was also the most irritating person I encountered during my visit - She was way over the top.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

We learned a lot on the tour about the crazy lady who lived there. It was very interesting to hear the story.

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Vancouver, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Little Bizarre about the house. Glad I toured however it is a little weird, nothing normal about this mansion. Did the tour of the mansion and the Behind the Scene tour. Basically this is a tourist attraction, Guides are actors, really into themselves and on a time limit and do not want to respond to questions presented. They have an... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The first time I went they played up the mystery more and you were allowed to take pictures. Now they play up the history and no pictures. It was more fun with the ghost stories and superstition.

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Rancho Cordova, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

It was the midnight flashlight tour on Halloween. It felt a bit rushed and the tour guides spoke very rapidly. Not many details about the history or interesting facts.

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tucson
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is a house full of ramps, stairs, an unbelievable number of rooms, doors to nowhere and a sprawl that will give you quite a walking workout. I have a bum knee, and it was in rough shape by the end of the tour, but this place was worth it. A wonderful example of architectural excess, the art-deco stained glass... More

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Ukiah, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We took our Girl Scout troop to the special flashlight tours before Halloween. It was advertised as having “special surprises”! We drove 3 hours each direction. Of course they charge extra for this, $50 a person – that was $350 for our little group…that is a lot of Girl Scout Cookies!! Our tour guide was quiet. He would talk before... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

What a fab place. Very knowledgeable staff on the house tour and the behind the scenes, they know their stuff and are always willing to ask questions. Really worth a look in if you have a free couple of hours. Not as creepy as I imagined it to be after hearing about it but the theories behind the house become... More

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