Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara

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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse and many more Santa Barbara attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Santa Barbara itinerary planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    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  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    We must not let it get away. Is a very nice building and for the most part open to the public. You visit quietly and you can also see one of the oldest courtrooms in the building. From his "tower" a view of Santa Barbara in 360 degrees. A little note: we happened to meet a prisoner who was being escorted into the courtroom in handcuffs, full foot and wrist, orange. It's pretty awesome to collide with the reality that usually we see in the movies: be aware.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The building is easy to recommend, because it is so beautiful - from the outside, such as from the inside! You can turn it around, and if you climb the Bell Tower, one has an excellent view over the city. You can read information panels thanks also, what you look at. In addition, there is a beautiful Watch Tower space that can be seen on the climb up via stairs. Still there are some open courtrooms and just the great interior design of the building.
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  • April 28, 2017
    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.
  • June 30, 2017
    The Santa Barbara courthouse is so stunning, it's no coincidence that a wedding takes place there nearly everyday. Many of those weddings take place in the history mural room, but nearly the entire building is detailed in intricate design. The original building was destroyed early in the 20th century by a bad earthquake, but this area has been the local hub for government since 1800's. It's my favorite thing in Santa Barbara.
  • July 5, 2017
    Got married here. Beautiful historical building. The Library is amazing. The views from the tower are incredible
  • July 7, 2017
    Beautiful Location for Wedding Ceremonies! Lawn is always green and you can get great photos of your wedding at this historic courthouse.
  • March 27, 2017
    The nicest courthouse I have ever been. Spanish style. I'll get married in here this year. The gardens, the Mural Room, the tower... my favourite historic place in Santa Barbara.

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