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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 81 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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Chico, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I have been to San Jose many times, and finally just went to the Winchester Mystery House for the first time. We wanted to do the whole estate tour but they had sold out for the day, so if you are interested in doing that I would suggest going early in the day. We did the mansion tour, which was... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

What a bizarre place. It was the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester who left her a fortune. Sunk into depression after the death of her only child and then her husband she visited a medium in Boston. Who told her she must continuously build a home for herself and the spirits of... More

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WV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

The house is beautifully recreated, as none of the original furnishings have been found after they were sold when Mrs. Winchester died. The windows (more than in the Empire State Building, they say) are beautiful! The tour takes about 75 minutes, and is close to a mile, weaving up and down stairs, and in and out of many rooms. If... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I really enjoyed my visit to the Winchester Mystery House. I had low expectations going in, so that my have helped boost my excitement by the end of the tour. The tours are well done and informative. The whole idea of a house under constant contruction to ensure the longevity of the owner is interesting to see in person. While... More

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I took the grand tour which includes the house, the grounds, and behind the scenes; worth every penny. Pro tip - no photography is allowed in the main house. It's a fascinating journey into the mind of a spiritual and wealthy woman who reflected her beliefs in the architecture of a manor house. A wonderful experience. It is definitely unique,... More

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Colton, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I was in San Jose recently and having nevertoured the Winchester Mystery house I decided to check it out. Totally enjoyed it! And our tour guide Steve was the best. So if you are in San Jose you may want to put this on your to do list. Oh, the gift shop is really, really nice too.

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Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We had a great time here!! You need to do the full 2.5 hour tour, well worth it!! This place is a lot of fun and full of history! Our guide Gene was very informative and funny, the house can give you the chills at times....That's a good thing though! It's a not miss if you are in the area!!... More

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Monroe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Wow, this place is very interesting and unique. We saw a documentary about the Winchester Mystery House on TV awhile back. Now, we got to see it in person. This is a neat place to visit. I would recommend a stop there when you are in the San Jose area.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This place was a bit creepy but a great tour and story that is true. Doors that open up into walls, stairs that lead to nowhere, as long as the sounds of construction were on-going everything was fine..but when the construction halted.............Even kids enjoyed this tour.

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Willard, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We were on our way to see the Hearst Castle when we decided to take a detour and stop and see the Winchester Mystery House. Best unplanned stop we've ever made! We loved it so much more than the Castle. We found it fascinating and took both tours that they offered. I highly recommend it. I checked the 2-3 hour... More

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