Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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  • Address: 1100 Anacapa St #2, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8055683959
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Landmark, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Architecture

Santa Barbara County Courthouse - Review

It’s rare to find a Courthouse touted as an important cultural and architectural landmark in the area, but this unique property is well worth the visit. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse in sunny California has been a source of much civic pride since 1850, its establishment as a small Greek-Revival Courthouse that was the seat of the local government. Attracting visitors and tourists from around the world, this is where hundreds of couples have gotten married in the past and its mural rooms, grounds and law library are renowned and much prestigious, retaining a certain old-world formality that is irresistibly charming.

The current structure is in fact a reconstruction of the original, facilitated in 1926, after facing the brunt of an earthquake in the preceding year. Inaugurated on August 14, 1929, with a highly symbolic ceremony on the main stage with a throng of people looking on during the 1929 celebration of the Old Spanish Days. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse opened its doors with the setting of the bronze medallion provided by the Native Sons of Golden West, with the mixing of the ingredients of water from each of the California Missions, with sand and gravel from each of the counties in Californiaas well as cement from local sources.

As you take the elevator to the top of this magnificent structure, you can gaze out over Santa Barbaraand the fourth-floor observatory offers you panoramic views all the way out till the ocean. The tile work along the staircases is exquisite and the interior of the Bell Tower Clock is truly massive. On the second floor you will find the Mural Room, which in its isolated entirety is worth the visit here, where you can find various historic descriptions.

The ground floor boasts of a large topographic map of Santa Barbara County and Channel Islands. The wide hallway has actual courtrooms on the right and the sunken gardens on the left.

The unique cultural property of Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a great place to relish the natural beauty of Santa Barbara. There is no admission for entry to this place that is to say, there are no tickets for Santa Barbara County Courthouse. However, as you buy tickets for Santa Barbara County Courthouse tours, you get an easy access to this place and Santa Barbara County Courthouse ticket prices at discounted rates. Hurry up! Santa Barbara County Courthouse tickets might be running out of stock.

Santa Barbara County Courthouse Information

  • While the admission is free, a donation is recommended to help with the conservation projects.
  • There is a self-guided tour brochure in the library and docent-led tours are also available. 

Santa Barbara County Courthouse Opening and Closing Hours

  • Open on all U.S. holidays except Christmas.

How To reach Santa Barbara County Courthouse by Public Transport

  • The Line 22 bus offers public transportation to Santa Barbara's attractions, including daily service to the Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

Restaurants Near Santa Barbara County Courthouse

  • Paradise Store and Grill
  • Cold Spring Tavern
  • El Sitio Restaurant

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  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse Address: 1100 Anacapa St #2, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse Contact Number: +1-8055683959
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse Timing: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Santa Barbara County Courthouse(preferred time): 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Santa Barbara County Courthouse: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Santa Barbara include Santa Barbara County Courthouse in their plan

  • 55.74% of people start their Santa Barbara County Courthouse visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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94.21% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse

People normally club together Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden while planning their visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

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  • I got married at the courthouse in the Mural Room in June. Booking was very easy (do it far in advance!) and very cheap for a wedding venue. The grounds and tower were spectacular for taking pictures, it looks more like a Spanish villa than a courthouse. Even the recorder's office looked more like a hotel than a government building. Everyone we interacted with in the recorders office was very pleasant and we did not have to wait long to get our license or to file it. The Mural Room itself was absolutely gorgeous, as was every hallway we walked through and every stair we climbed. The view from the tower cannot be missed!

  • The Santa Barbara County Courthouse is the most beautiful building in the city rivaling only the mission. The painting inside are beautiful and there is a stunning view from the top of the structure. It is really windy at the top, so taking good videos is difficult, but pictures are a lot easier to take.

  • We parked our car at the public parking at the front of the Courthouse. The parking is free for 75 minutes. We took the elevator to the tower floor. The ocean views and Mountain views are amazing. The old court room on the second floor is also beautiful. There are lawyers and jurors working at the Courthouse. The garden is good.

  • Its an old school building. Pretty nice & the tower overlooks the cities red tiled buildings downtown. The sunken gardens is a very nice place if you want to just sit & read, or bring your beach blanket & beach chair & eat lunch. Then on warm days there's nice spots in the shade if it's really hot out...

  • just catch a wedding be held in the city hall, the feelings of whole town makes me peace. People can enjoy the leisure life here by walk through

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