Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara

Not just any old government structure, Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a four-building Spanish-Moorish complex with plenty to see beyond courtrooms. As you wander the 14,000 sq m (150,000 sq ft), you can view the Mural Room, Law Library, and Hall of Records. Climb the Bell Tower to see the inner workings of the old clock--and to take photos from this famous observation deck. The courthouse's interior might surprise you with its intense colors, bodacious tiles, and bold lighting. Its gardens feature trees from more than 25 countries and are a popular place for weddings. You can plan Santa Barbara trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • From the stree the Sana Barbara County Courthouse looks like a mission found in numerous California locations. Yet, most cities would deem this a historical edifice, Santa Barbara uses the building fo...  more »
  • Nice 360 views of the different sites around town. It was free and totally worth the time. We had lunch around the area, with many restaurants around the area.  more »
  • The Courthouse is a must see place. There are tours available however there are only held at certain times. My advice is to do a walk about yourself and ask the docent what times the tours are. You ma...  more »
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  • As a criminal defense lawyer, I couldn't ask for ask for a better place to work every day and to call my neighbor. The architecture and decor are beautiful. The grounds, exotic plants and trees are expertly and lovingly maintained. The court staff is professional and courteous. The clock tower has the best panoramic view from any downtown building and the sunken garden is wonderful place to put on outdoor events; and there are many. It is no doubt one of the most beautiful and well-utilized in-service courthouses on the planet.
  • This is a truly wonderful court house to visit. Breathtaking architecture and surrounds. Take the elevator to the top to see the clock in action and get great views of Santa Barbara.
  • We stumbled across the court house on a road trip, and what an amazing find! Absolutely beautiful architecture, grounds and view! Take a minute the next time your in the area and walk through, it will be well worth it.
  • Beautiful! This is definitely a place you'll take a few pictures! The building is gorgeous outside and in. I'm a particularly big fan of all the beautiful tiles. And don't forget to go all the way to the top so you can look out over the city! There's only one small elevator, so plan on waiting if there's even the slightest crowd.
  • Incredible view of all of Santa Barbara. Beautiful art and Spanish architecture.

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Where to stay in Santa Barbara

Blessed with a mild climate and lush location, Santa Barbara remains a playground for the rich and famous, so it's no surprise that accommodations can be extremely expensive here. The priciest hotels are near the water, so before you make your reservations, decide if staying beachside fits into your budget. You can find more affordable rooms at any one of the area's small motels, located just blocks from the beaches. These offer secure parking, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi.
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