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Winchester Mystery House

525 S Winchester Blvd, North San Jose, San Jose, CA 95128
408-247-2101
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Ranked #15 of 77 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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Stavanger, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Ok this was rather surprising. What a cookoo ladie who built this mansion. It's interesting to stop just to see the completely wacky architecture of this place. And no blueprints!! Just going from day to day by "what the daemons told her to do that day".

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San Jose California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The Winchester Mystery House is a legend here in San Jose. It's a must see if your visiting. The tour runs daily and offers some night tours during special occasions like Halloween what better time to walk through the oldest home standing amongst the modern area of Shopping and Movie theaters. I won't ruin the history or story of this... More

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

a little pricy, but you get your money's worth. Very enjoyable for children over 5. Lots of good spots for taking memorable photos.

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Lincolnshire
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I nearly didn't stop here, but having found a spare hour at the end of an afternoon, thought I'd stop in. I'm so glad I did! Although a bit pricey, I caught the last tour of the day with only eleven people on it. As such, I didn't really feel rushed around, so my advice would be to get the... More

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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Tours are overpriced for what they offer, which is about an hours tour of the partially restored multi-storied mansion with a guide who describes the history of the house, complete with verbal repetitions of the (mostly unfounded) legendary continual building by the owner/heir to the Winchester rifle fortune, due to her belief that by stopping the work, her life would... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

my partner and i went here while on a road trip, stopping off at san jose, the reading of this house sounded great, although strange and quite interesting, looking around, while trying to understand the reason and structure of the house. felt you were rushed at times, i.e looking at furnished rooms glass windows and grounds from windows. the guide... More

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

A friend and I went to see this together and we enjoyed it tremendously. The interior is a maze of rooms, some with incredibly beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows and, my favorite, stained glass from Austria. The ballroom floors made me quite jealous and apparently took one craftsman a year to put in. I enjoyed the exterior tour even more,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The attraction here is strictly along avid historical and curiousity seeker lines. Those who are really into the Sarah Winchester mystique will enjoy this more than the average person and spend more time. Personally, I have interest in more significant US history and have limited attention span here.

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The Winchester Mystery House is an excellent one time visit. The life of Sara Winchester, and her reason for the continuous building of the mansion is very interesting. Her father, inventor of the Winchester rifle, left Sara with a lot of money. She believed that as long as she continued to build the House that she would continue to live.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a great place to visit with out of town company. It is a fun and wacky place. Stairways going nowhere, beautiful windows, gorgeous grounds, and bit of haunting. How clan this place not appeal to everyone? The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the family and history of the house which makes for a fun tour. It definitely... More

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