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Winchester Mystery House

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Address: 525 S Winchester Blvd, North San Jose, San Jose, CA 95128
Phone Number: +1 408-247-2101
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Description: Visitors can tour the house and gardens once owned by wealthy widow Sarah...
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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funky place... worth a stop

Took my 9 year old to see this mansion in the Bay Area... loved it! My family found it intriguing and interesting despite the rather pricey entry fees and (likely overstated... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Took my 9 year old to see this mansion in the Bay Area... loved it! My family found it intriguing and interesting despite the rather pricey entry fees and (likely overstated) historical events that occurred there in years past. Our particular guide was informative and helpful. We chose to take the full tour that included the mansion, cellar and gardens... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Went with the families of the basketball team. Enjoyed the 65 minute house tour. Its pricey at $36 or so? for adults and kids a bit less. But I've been there four times over 4 decades starting when I was a kid and loved it overtime. 12 year old daughter said it was 'boring' but when we talked about it... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Was Sarah Winchester haunted by her husband'c company or was she just a bad architect? Interesting home for the visitor to decide.The home is amazing as are the tour guides. Unfortunately one can only see and hear so much on one visit; several visits might be necessary. We even took the basement tour.

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

There is something quite magical about this place. I have seen a lot of reviews here that had the same experience we did: You cannot take pictures inside the house. This fact is a real bummer, and it is a newly added restriction. The reason for this is because a film company purchased the rights to the inside of the... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Interesting- glad I went. I don't need to go again. The guide was amusing and the building unique. The shopping was tacky and over-priced but I don't regret the visit.

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

my husband I had always wanted to see the mansion. The history behind the mansion is so amazing! the tour guides were very informational however, I think it would have been a little better if we were given more time to view the rooms we went through and to take pictures. Although they allow you to take pictures outside no... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

PRICEY!!! $39.00 as of the time of this review. However, the tour was excellent and for that you see the entire house (aside from the basement). The tour lasted about an hour and there was so much to see and so much history that it was worth the money spent (for me). If you're into spooky stuff and know the... More 

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Westerly, Rhode Island, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I was not very taken by this attraction. Yes, it is cool to check out, with all the history and strangeness of the woman who owned/had it built. But, in my opinion it is over priced! I also didn't like the fact we were not told we could not take pictures until we started the tour. Perhaps this was posted... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

After seeing this on many travel shows, we just had to go. It didnt disapoint. It was just as bizarre as I always thought it was. Our tour guide Jack was the best. Try to get on his tour if possible. My only complaint which I know im not alone in this, I wish they would allow you to take... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Visited Winchester Mystery House on Halloween years ago which was probably the best day to visit. The house itself is a little creepy with all the modifications the former owner made, so the flashlight tours on Halloween are a perfect way to add a little spook to the holiday. The folks at Winchester Mystery House don't do anything else to... More 

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