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Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
+1 805-568-2220
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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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  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
+1 805-568-2220
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Reviewed yesterday

If you're a first time visitor to the courthouse, it is definitely a must-see. Beautiful architecture that echoes its history even as it remains a functional building. Take the stairs to the top and see magnificent views of Santa Barbara!

Thank Vickypf2017
Reviewed yesterday

Just stopping a looking at this beautiful building is enough! Prettiest courthouse that I've seen in California.

Thank SachaMR
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took a free tour of building. The docent was informative and enthusiastic. We learned a lot of history of the area and saw an amazing building with a marvelous rooftop view.

Thank Debi D
Reviewed 4 days ago

It is defiantly worth visiting the court house the views from the roof are amazing and the gardens are great to walk around with plenty of dinning options near bye

Thank Pee42
Reviewed 1 week ago

The building encloses a wealth of history about Santa Barbara and Early California. It is like an open museum, free to the public.

Thank Ricardo F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's free and you'll probably be within a block or two if you are in downtown Santa Barbara. Go for the view.

Thank Tessjean
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful building in Downtown Santa Barbara. Learning about the architect who designed the Courthouse and the history behind it was fascinating.The tour guide was also able to give us history about the sunken gardens and landscaping. This is an incredible property and...More

Thank garygeorgene
Reviewed 1 week ago

It has 360 degree views of all of SB. You can see the Riviera, the Mission, all of downtown, parts of the Mesa, the ocean and channel islands, and soak in all the beauty SB (aka Paradise) has to offer from a bird's eye (or...More

Thank 789taraz
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great view of Santa Barbara from the tower. Compass model shows the coast line as east to west. Short visit

Thank JMz2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

This magnificent example of Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture sits on 5 acres of lawns and gardens. Completed in 1929, it was the site of the infamous Michael Jackson trial in 2005 and is the site of musical and cultural events, usually on Sundays, throughout...More

Thank Steven M
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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.