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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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Address: 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
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Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style,...

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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Beautiful view and architecture

The Courthouse is the perfect way to start a trip in Santa Barbara. Incredible architecture, murals, tile work and then a view like no other from the Tower.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Courthouse is the perfect way to start a trip in Santa Barbara. Incredible architecture, murals, tile work and then a view like no other from the Tower.

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I stumbled across this great attraction while walking towards the beach. We noticed people up on the tower overlooking Santa Barbara. We went in to see how much it cost to go up there ,and to our great surprise, found out it is free! You can either take the stairs or can ride the elevator to the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

An incredible historical building! Definitely worth visiting. Loved the old Spanish architecture! Great views from the top of the clock tower.

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I just wrote a letter to my Australian friends who are planning a trip to the US and hopefully Santa Barbara, in which I praised the Courthouse as being an awesome example of the Spanish influence in Santa Barbara. He is an architect so he will be amazed and delighted by this building! I really enjoy the beauty of the... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful garden setting, calm atmosphere and simple Spanish Style Architecture! Santa Barbara landmark

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fantastic views from the roof. Definitely worth a tour on a nice, sunny day. very cool old clock mechanism display for the 4 public clocks. That sounds nerdy when I read it, but it was pretty cool. Cool historical murals inside some courtrooms A unique courthouse considering it is the actual courthouse in use.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Gorgeous spanish architecture, tile, frescoes, landscape! Great view from top! Nice little gift store. A must see in SB!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This didn't seem interesting when several people mentioned this as a tourist destination, but I changed my mind once I got there. It is worth the climb and the view is spectacular We parked kiddie-corner from the courthouse and it was free in the parking garage if you stayed less than 75 minutes. We did it in 30 minutes. There... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It's a small place but I really like it, and also the view was so amazing, you can see the sunset there

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Arcadia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was raining outside but it's beautiful inside and outside. It is court house so there were real trials are in session! Cool! The building is a beautiful! It was worth to come in the raining day.

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