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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 #17 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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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Had a couple of people on the Amtrak train to San Francisco recommend this place, so I checked it out on the web and it sounded worth a visit! A morning well spent. Can't really explain or appreciate the whole thing unless you visit. A video or still photos won't do it much justice. I can well understand due to... More

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Coon Rapids, Minnesota, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was, by far, the place that I was most looking forward to visiting while in San Jose! My family loves mysteries, ghost stories, and more. We've watched documentaries about Mrs. Winchester and the crazy house that she built around the clock for 38 years. It grew from a modest 8 room farmhouse to a mansion consisting of 160 rooms,... More

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New Jersey
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96 reviews 96 reviews
27 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We came on a whim and was met by a huge gift shop. Food was sold in the back. This guided tour could be a hit or miss depending on your guide. We were very lucky to have a guide that was entertaining, energetic and full of information. We loved her tour and unfortunately while we forgot her name, her... More

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I have wanted to go to the Winchester House for several years after watching all the documentaries on it that I could. I finally got a chance as work brought me to San Francisco. The Winchester House is a good day trip from San Fran via Caltrain. It takes about an hour and a half to reach Santa Clara by... More

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Moreno Valley, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I've lived in California (northern and southern) for 40 years and never had any particular desire to visit the Winchester Mystery House, but my husband had it on his "bucket list." We had a good tour guide, and it was early in the a.m. on a fairly cool day. Would get very hot in the house on a hot summer... More

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Stow, Ohio
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10 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We recently visited this attraction while staying with our daughter in San Jose. The house tour was OK and our guide for that was thorough and tried to be friendly and informative. However, when we took the "Behind the Scenes" tour we had a different guide - Cody - and he made the tour unpleasant for the four of us... More

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

My mother and I decided to make a quick trip down to San Jose from San Fran where we were staying. We got off the highway and shortly turned into the attraction. At first it looked more like Disney World than an estate, complete with a humongous gift shop, cafe, and outdoor seating area complete with background music. The grounds... More

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8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We arrived for last entry so we knew we would need to be speedy. Entering through the massive gift shop/restaurant. We then met up wit our tour guide who showed us through this fascinating house! Big problem for me though... Young girl guide had extremely limited knowledge, rushed puma around the tour and generally was a bit robotic in some... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

For $25 per person (that was the discount at Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce) I expected more. Highly suggest doing tour in cooler weather, we were quite sweaty after all the tiny stairs.

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Granite Bay, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
41 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Interesting history, what a curious mansion! Definitely recommend going once. The docents are interesting and entertaining. The grounds are lovely.

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