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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Open today: 08:00 - 17:00
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“mural room”(192 reviews)
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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 29 August 2017

The view at the top of the clock is absolutely beautiful. All four sides are picture-worthy. You can see white houses interspersed with trees run for miles, finishing at the ocean, which seems like it goes on forever into the horizon. It feels calm, as...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 3 July 2015

The viewing tower is currently closed due to renovations, we were disappointed to not be able to see the views of the city.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is located at 1100 Anacapa Street, in downtown Santa Barbara, California. It’s a Spanish Colonial Revival style building. The Courthouse is open daily and it’s totally free. Visit are from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm During...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed on State Street so made a slight detour to visit the courthouse on our walk to the beach in Santa Barbara. Like most of the downtown of the city, the architecture is stunning, and to be able to go into the courthouse and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Any site that offers something to see and is free is a must do for me. This is a grand building with a clock tower that you can easily climb the steps or use the elevator to a large covered area offering views on all...More

Thank Teresa H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very impressed with the courthouse. Don't be fooled by the name it is so much more. The building is beautiful and the interior is also wonderful. We were able to sit in on a wedding in what I can only describe as a...More

Thank Joan T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an historical gem with beautiful historical paintings, especially the mural courtroom (just visitors since this is a working courthouse). There are daily guided tours of the courthouse, including to the Clock Tower. Recently remodeled, it serves as both a "can't miss" tourist attraction...More

Thank Lorraine W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb panoramic views of the surrounding mountain/ocean. Certainly a prime reason to support Santa Barbara's famous description: "The American Riviera"- this charming, historical building where court cases are still heard within its walls. Convenient elevator to the top floor exterior observation level. Free admission. A...More

Thank Nancy W
Reviewed 1 week ago

No formal admission - just wander around the corridors and enjoy the architecture and decor. Be sure to check out the mural in the main courtroom (doors are left open for public viewing)., then take the stairs up the clock tower for beautiful views of...More

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KayS2048, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Just to clarify, the Mural Room is not a courtroom. It used to be the meeting room for the County Board of Supervisors and is now used for many different purposes.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had visited the Courthouse on my own several years ago and found it beautiful. This time, however, I was able to take the free docent tour and learned so much more about the history and architecture of the courthouse.

Thank Joyce G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This a beautiful building with a lot of history. Also a popular place for weddings. Beautiful gardens, and architecture for photos.

Thank tamaram912
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the iconic place to visit...the building itself is WOW! make sure you have enough time to explore and take photos both inside and outside. You can go to the tower to see the nice view of Santa Barbara...form mountain to ocean view. Love...More

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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.