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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
+1 805-962-6464
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Grew up in Santa Barbara, never really went to the Courthouse except at Fiesta. Did a walking tour of State St.and area with friends from the midwest. Came upon the Courthouse. My friends were in awe of the outside, I was "used to" the beauty....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Joan D
Reviewed 5 days ago

The tower was recommended to us by the delightful ladies in the Visitor Centre - we walked from the beach along to State Street and then down to the tower, it is pleasant walk on a sunny day. The tower is free to get in,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Nick_Harris
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

North to Los Angeles on the road to San Francisco, we made a stop in Santa Barbara. Even it is a flat place, the Court House is open to the public and you can climb to the top of the clock tower to have a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Klodeko
KayS2048, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Tours of the clock gallery are free. It is open Wednesday and Friday mornings at 11AM and Saturday at 1PM.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful titles with wood throughout the courthouse. Great tours which last over an hour and are free. Spectacular view from the tour. This is a must see and it’s free.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Trek566106
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always take my out of town guest to this building. I twice played a judge in a movie shot in one of the court rooms. They have beautiful grounds too. A must see when visiting Santa Barbara.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in SB, don’t miss touring this gorgeous building. You will have incredible views from the bell tower. Attended a wedding here and it was absolutely beautiful!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank annettelindan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful tile work. Gorgeous manicured grounds. Spectacular view from the tower. See history - all for free.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mary D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rumor has it that Frank Lloyd Wright said that the Santa Barbara courthouse was the ugliest building. Just because it is completely different architecture than FLW doesnt mean its ugly. The SB building is very beatiful Spanish architecture and fits very well in its surroundings...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank CindyO1130
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Court House and the guided tours of it are an easy way to learn some local history, tour an amazing building and see some amazing wall paintings. Even if you don't take the tour it is worth wandering around to see the Courthouse and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Brian and Debbi... K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful buildings and grounds, the view from the tower looking over Santa Barbara was amazing, well worth visiting.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Mason Z
October 19, 2017|
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Response from I78 | Reviewed this property |
The hors on the weekend are 10-4:30. Enjoy the views!
Joanne G
December 13, 2016|
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Response from RogerB2000 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a lift to the bell tower, which also stops at other levels
September 25, 2016|
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Response from donnabaton | Reviewed this property |
I can't remember for sure, but since it is a public building in use every day as a courthouse I am pretty sure it opens at least by 9 am.