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Address: 1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
Phone Number: +1 805-568-2220
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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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Must see place in Santa Barbara

This courthouse is a very historical place, very nice courtyard and many beautiful art works. It's free to visit and when we were there we saw a wedding hosted there. Go to the... read more

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This courthouse is a very historical place, very nice courtyard and many beautiful art works. It's free to visit and when we were there we saw a wedding hosted there. Go to the top of the courthouse to see the view of SB, very nice view.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Occupying an entire city block, the courthouse presents an exotic fantasia of Spanish Andalusian elements integrated into a working public environment. Visitors are welcome to wander the corridors on the first and second floors. Be sure to see the in-theme telephone (!) booths and bathrooms. An elevator goes to the observation deck above the tower's clock, where you can see... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's worth taking a half-hour while in SB and walking around the Courthouse. The architecture, murals, and tiled walls and floors are unlike any courthouse you'll ever see. And it's a working courthouse! It's kind of cool to be looking at the architecture while an attorney and his client are in the same hallway discussing their case...

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Recommended by a waitress,while having coffee,we decided to take a look. Centre of town on a beauty of a road that runs parallel to State Street. Spectacular building. Have a wander and don't forget to go up to the roof terrace. Lovely

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An attractive, interesting building full of local history. The 1400 free tour is excellent. The building is architecturally whimsical and playful. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've lived in Santa Barbara for over 40 years and have been to the courthouse many times. My friend Jane DeSelm lead a tour of the courthouse. It was great. I learned so many interesting things. Did you know Peter Pan is in one of the Spanish murals? A fun free tour.

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Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The courthouse is crazy beautiful and cool! A must see in my book. My husband and I almost blew it off; it's just a courthouse, right? So glad we didn't!! We parked on the street and walked around the grounds and explored inside. It looks like an old mission, but we learned it was built as a courthouse in this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Attended a wedding here it was beautiful backdrop and outstanding view over the whole city of Santa Barbara. The clock tower at the top is the best part and it's free! I will include a picture of the view of the tower. Place is filled with people in and outside it's a great overall atmosphere, wonderful place for pictures and... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here not knowing what to expect. Very glad we did. Very interesting architecture. Be sure to go to the observation deck for the spectacular views. On the walk down you get to see the Seth Thomas clockworks that run the clock on the clock tower. Saw the Mural Room where the Supervisors meet. What a room! Highly recommended!

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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great recommendation from our hotel. The view over Santa Barbara and surrounding areas from the top of the bell tower (free to access) is fantastic and you can see the clock mechanism from the staircase. The building and grounds are in a quiet part of the town with no sense of touristy rush. You are able to walk though the... More 

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