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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  • 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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