Santa Barbara Courthouse Tours

After the great earthquake of 1925 ruined much of the city, an opportunity arose to give this beloved city by the sea something that would reflect the areas culture and beauty; something that would both honor and impress its residents. Designed in Spanish-Moorish style and completed in 1929, the Santa Barbara Courthouse is now one of the main tourist attractions on a visit to the American Riviera.

One of the most beautiful government buildings in all of the United States, the Santa Barbara Courthouse is a working courthouse, but visitors are encouraged to explore what its grounds hold in store for them. Here you’ll find the Sunken gardens where many weddings take place, an elevator to the 85-foot “El Mirador” clock tower for a panoramic view of downtown Santa Barbara, many hand-painted rooms full of detail (including the fantastic Mural Room), the Spirit of the Ocean fountain, and many wrought-iron hand-rails and window coverings which make the courthouse what it is – spectacular.

Practical Info

Guided tours are available Monday - Saturday at 2:00 p.m., and Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m. The Santa Barbara Courthouse is open weekdays from 8:00 am – 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Tours are free except for some groups.  

Phone: (805) 962-6464
Address: 1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Hours: Docent led tours Mon-Sat 2:00pm; and Mon-Tue and Fri at 10:30am. The Santa Barbara Courthouse is open weekdays from 8:00am - 5:00pm and Sat, Sun, and holidays 10:00am - 5:00pm
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Historic Santa Barbara Food Tasting Tour

Savor the best of historic Santa Barbara on a 3.5-hour culinary walking tour through the heart of this scenic, seaside city. Meet local chefs and artisans as you explore alongside your local guide, and get an insider’s take on the vibrant gourmet scene. Sample locally-made wines, handcrafted chocolate and gourmet cheese at a series of six tasting stops that include a public market, wineries and boutiques. Learn a bit of local history as you trace the relaxed course, which blends essential landmarks with hidden gems and local favorites.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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