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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  • 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 »
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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.

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