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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
805-568-2220
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observatories/ Planetariums
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns.
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London
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Like no other courthouse we've ever seen. Staff were friendly and helpful and explained the history of the building

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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is a great place for parents with young children to visit and spend a couple of hours just enjoying the outdoors. Beautiful historic building, with beautiful grounds that are perfect for exploring 3 & 4 year olds. • Perfect picture taking spot. • Close to shopping and eateries. • Relatively safe environment. Will visit again...

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The building is beautiful and entry is free. The views from the top of the tower were excellent. We were able to park outside on the street for free, it's not often you can say that about one of the most visited buildings in a tourist city.

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Versailles, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Beautiful details throughout, great views from the top. Loved all of the history here. Fun place to visit.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This building is beautiful and worth taking 30mins out of your day to visit, the view of the mountain and town from the top of the tower is stunning.

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

What a beautiful building. Interior walls had the most beautiful historical wall murals and incredible Spanish tiles. Architecture was fabulous in this courthouse. The clock tower was neat to see on the stairs to the tower. The 360 degree view from the roof was fantastic. This is a must see tourist stop.

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Tucson
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101 reviews 101 reviews
31 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

requires only a short visit to take elevator to tower and look about, wander the hallways a little to see murals. worth doing!

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San Marcos, California
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190 reviews 190 reviews
75 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Super view from the tower/roof area. Just a great courthouse well worth it to stop in and look around. Beautiful courthouse, great view and beautiful grounds.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A beautiful building you can wander around and even sit and listen to a trail. Go to the top first, in the lift and work your way down. The grounds are also beautiful. Well worth a visit

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New Albany, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

You have to go to the top balcony to get a panoramic view of the city. No cost. Just walk in and take the stairs or elevator. Be sure to stop on each floor to take in the architecture. Beautiful courtyard. Great history.

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