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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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Address: 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93121
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+1 805-568-2220
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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 architecture and murals

This is a must see in Santa Barbara. The architecture is amazing , the murals are gorgeous, and the 360 view from the rooftop is spectacular.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must see in Santa Barbara. The architecture is amazing , the murals are gorgeous, and the 360 view from the rooftop is spectacular.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This building is an active courthouse decorated with wonderful Mexican tile and murals. If you walk up to the roof you get a majestic view of the valley surrounding Santa Barbara. Definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I only spent a few hours in Santa Barbara and visiting the courthouse was a highlight! Elevator ride to the top for a beautiful view of the mountains and clay rooftops. Free entry!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A very beautiful town, it's worthwhile to stop by on 101 freeway to or from LA. You can experience Spanish vibe a bit in the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We reserved the Mural Room for our wedding in Feb 2017. The whole process was very easy and reasonably priced. We booked about 4 months in advance with no trouble. The Mural Room is gorgeous and thankfully indoors. It rained our wedding weekend but we had no worries bc everything was inside and warm. The room holds about 100 guests... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had our wedding here over the weekend… And the mural room was absolutely incredible. Our guests loved the space and the price was beyond reasonable. You will have some looky-loo random people watching from the back as the entire courthouse is open to the public at all times... but in the end, I thought that was a charming aspect.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the docent tour of this amazing building. The grounds - gardens -- and interior are lovely. The mural room is a great overview of SB history, and the hallways, stairways, and other rooms are terrific. The tower gives you a great 360 view of SB.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Old world architecture, beautiful surroundings and magnificent views from the top. A must see. Reminded me of Venice looking down on the red roof tiles. Scenic mountain views were amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's free to explore the courthouse, but remember there are trials and hearings in session during the week. The tower which is accessible by stairs or elevator gives one of the best 360 views of Santa Barbara.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is stunning. The entrance is free of charge, you can walk inside and visit the observation point in the tower. The views are wonderful even on a cloudy day. The building itself boasts exquisite interiors with beatiful colorful tiles, which reminded me of Seville.

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