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Santa Barbara County Courthouse: Tours & Tickets

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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must see stop if you are ever in Santa Barbara. The Courthouse is located at 1100 Anacapa Street just one block over from the main commercial drag of State Street. This beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival style building was built in 1929 and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank GilB867
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The hotel was very clean and the staff great. The reason for not giving a 5 star is because they were doing major remodeling and there were saws and hammering non stop until 6pm. But, with that said, everything was clean and new in our...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank johnyeager59
Reviewed 5 days ago

You can't believe this is a public building, used every day. It is utterly fantastic, the tile, the design, the gardens, the tower and the view. Do not miss this. The free docent tour is worth the time it takes, you learn a lot and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank LuckyWest
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at the courthouse for a quick visit before heading to lunch. We know someone who works there, so he gave us a tour. The views from the clock tower were phenomenal, and seeing the working of the clock was very interesting. Not sure...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kathy S
KayS2048, Courthouse docent at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

They definitely give tours. Everyday at 2PM and M-F at 10:30AM. Very worthwhile!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at the visitor center to check in to see what made Santa Barbara so special, we made a visit to the County Courthouse where we climbed the stairs to the top of the steeple and clock area, what an amazing view of this...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Odd as it might seem, i recommend anyone visiting SB should add this to their “must see” list. Experiencing the classic art ant architecture is well worth a visit, not to mention the amazing bell tower. we did not time it right for a tour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank WildMtn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful courthouse with free access. Took the elevator to the top of the tower and enjoyed an amazing view of the city

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank CarstenN_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tourist attractions was exactly as it was described on any website that I looked it up and it doesn't fax have wonderful views of Santa Barbara it is free which is great it has beautiful architecture inside and out of the building and many...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank kjaz43
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We missed seeing this on our 1st visit in May but checked it out in September. Very cool building with many interesting architectural features. Definitely go to the rooftop on a clear day and also check out the clock room. The grounds around the courthouse...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank BurgWisconsin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Here is a government building where one does not have to go through metal detectors to enter the gracious building and freely stroll its corridors. We even peeked into one chamber where a wedding was being conducted. Not to be missed is the elevator ride...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Mason Z
19 October 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
13 December 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
26 September 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.