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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  • Liked to climb the gazebo and played a long time on the lawn. There are no activities or playground but the large lawn and a draw for the kids run and play. Worth spending a few minutes there.
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  • You can see the whole city from the clock tower. Great spot to take pics and kill some time...and it’s free  more »
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  • This is no doubt the best architecture in Santa Barbara. A hidden gem for tourists. The style is Spanish Colonial Revival in the beginning of 20th century. Neatly all parts of the courthouse is open to the public. Every floor is worth a detailed visit because the decorations are so meticulous. It mixed in the Andalusian Moorish Arab style which is rare in even California. Definitely I will visit it again.
  • Very impressive courthouse. It looks like a mission or church. You can take an elevator to the top and have great views of the tile roof tops. The best part is that it’s all free. It’s a functioning courthouse so there are trials going on so be mindful of that.
  • Excellent location. Beautifully presented, preserved, and maintained. Lovely, history, architecture, colors, open spaces, large rooms, vibrant art pieces, and gorgeous views and sights inside and outside, on each floor and from the top of the courthouse where all four directions extending uninhibited by trees or structure provide rich tableus of the whole quaint, pretty town, from the mountains to the ocean.
  • So beautiful, helpful and friendly staff. Some good friends got married in the "Mural Room," which was full of paintings on the walls of the history of the area, 30 ft ceilings or so. Will not forget that moment.
  • 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.

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