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.
Santa Barbara County Courthouse Reviews
The Santa Barbara courthouse is amazing! From the paintings on the walls and ceilings of the courthouse to the very top 360 degree panoramic views! Don't miss this one. more »
Experience Santa Barbara's sandstone Temperate Climate Fountain structure, the huge archway entry, the interior white arched hallways with their shiny brown, tiled floors, the "Quiet, Court in session... more »
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.
Plan your trip to Santa Barbara
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
Side trips from Santa Barbara
Hidden gems in Santa Barbara
Kids friendly things to do in Santa Barbara
Duration: 1h 30min
Wineries in Santa Barbara
Nearby attractions in Santa Barbara
Plans to Santa Barbara County Courthouse by other users
22 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 19 days in California BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in California BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Santa Monica BY A USER FROM CANADA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium