Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara (must see)

The Santa Barbara County Courthouse features Spanish-Moorish Architecture, dating back to 1929. This lovely courthouse building enjoys a reputation as being America's most beautiful government building. As a working courthouse, the court's schedule may influence how often public touring is available, but it is worth your time.

There are lawn and garden areas that surround this building, with the Sunken Garden being a popular venue space. This garden area stands on the former site of the 1872 courthouse, destroyed in the 1925 earthquake. Outdoor performances are popular evening and weekend events.

The courthouse has an 85-foot clock tower known as El Mirador. Visitors who ride the elevator to the top of this tower can enjoy city views. Coastal and mountain views are also visible from the tower.

In addition to being an architectural marvel, this courthouse also boasts impressive tile work. The Mural Room is one of the most popular places for visitors to see. These canvas murals span over 4,000 square feet and depict the founding of the original Spanish mission.

The Spirit of the Ocean fountain, dating back to 1927, still stands on the courthouse grounds. This fountain features the images of a man and woman on either side of a dolphin.

The main lobby has an information booth where visitors can inquire about docent-led tours. Mondays through Fridays, tours are usually available at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, tours are at 2:00 pm.

Why You Should Visit

Unique architecture and art beautifully tell the story of the area's history.
Gardens feature beautiful landscaping that offers perfect photo opportunities.

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Santa Barbara County Courthouse on Map

Sight Name: Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Sight Location: Santa Barbara, USA (See walking tours in Santa Barbara)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Santa Barbara, California

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Create Your Own Walk in Santa Barbara

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Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
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Santa Barbara Introduction Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
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Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles