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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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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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Fun to visit once!

The house itself is beautiful. The basic tour is about 1 hr. There is an antique gun museum (small) & tiny garden. Decent cafe. Pretty cool gift shop. I'd recommend taking a pass... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The house itself is beautiful. The basic tour is about 1 hr. There is an antique gun museum (small) & tiny garden. Decent cafe. Pretty cool gift shop. I'd recommend taking a pass on the "behind the scenes tour" ( not very interesting). Not for those who are claustrophobic or cannot walk/stand for 1 hour straight. Great to do once... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were looking forward to the Winchester Mystery House and learning the history. The guided tour itself was good and educational, but it is a bit expensive. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and somewhat entertaining, but was also easily distracted when asked questions.

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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An interesting destination. Our tour guide was great: enthusiastic, enjoys his job and is good with people. He looked like "Doc" from back to the future. The $36 ticket price dos not include the gardens so I never felt as though I saw any of the exterior of the building. I had to purchase a postcard to see what it... More 

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Redwood City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was my 2nd time here, first time back in 10+ years. Tour guide was great, energetic and funny. House was interesting. My main complaint was that is was $60 for me and my son for the 1 hour mansion tour. Fyi, if you have a small kid, you need to be next to them at all times and they're... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I first went to the Winchester Mystery House when I was in grammar school. Many decades ago. I wasn't really impressed with it. Be it my age at the time who knows. I hadn't planned on returning but last year I went with my husband. I love history and antiques. The guide was knowledgeable but by rote. When asked something... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

To say that this house is bizarre is an under statement. I suggest pre buying you tickets for a specific times lot. If you have time purchase the behind the scenes tour as well. In theory we saw 110 rooms on the tour, but at times you don't even know you have moved through a room, let alone 110 of... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a fascinating lesson in history and the story is amazing. Do not recommend this on a hot day though, gets uncomfortable in the house. Wear sensible shoes, requires a great deal of standing and stair climbing. The grounds and gardens are my favorite places and the only places you can take pictures.

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Thank Vernita S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This historical home of Sarah Winchester is a must see if you are in San Jose. The caretakers are constantly maintaining and bringing new old or original items previously found in the home back into play for the public to see. The Docents are very knowledgeable and it is such a fun tour to go back to the days of... More 

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Yes, it is very interesting learning about the house with it's "doors to nowhere" and "stairs to nowhere", but the price is too high. Would have been good at half the price. Our tour was just in front of another with a loud guide who distracted us from our own guide. Also, our guide did not wait for everyone to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the mansion tour. Totally recommend it, try the behind the scenes tour as well if you have time.

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