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Winchester Mystery House

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Address: 525 S Winchester Blvd, North San Jose, San Jose, CA 95128-2588
Phone Number: +1 408-247-2101
09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00

Visitors can tour the house and gardens once owned by wealthy widow Sarah...

Visitors can tour the house and gardens once owned by wealthy widow Sarah Winchester, who kept construction going on the 160-room Victorian mansion for 38 years.

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Lots to look at and a great story to boot

We took the hour tour. Had a very animated docent who kept us engaged the entire time. She even went over the allotted time - did not rush us. Lots to see - very interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Dayton, Nevada
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Dayton, Nevada
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146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the hour tour. Had a very animated docent who kept us engaged the entire time. She even went over the allotted time - did not rush us. Lots to see - very interesting history of Sarah Winchester. Yikes! She took the word "mourning" to a whole new level. The tour has a lot of steps to climb both... More 

Thank TravelPrincess69
North Richland Hills, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Family of four visiting San Jose during the month of October 2016. It was $50 per person, so not a cheap tour. We opted for the "scary" candlelight tour, but apparently it's just about the same tour as every time else. We were hoping to get a lot of history and background on the house, but we did not. The... More 

Thank MandyMcCain
Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my third time taking the tour and I brought my niece and nephew. They really enjoyed the tour and exploring the house. The tour seems to have changed from the first time I was here so it was an enjoyable experience. If you can avoid taking the last tour, you get rushed out of the store pretty quickly... More 

Thank b4sence2000
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautifully maintained Victorian Mansion and grounds. A great piece of California history. Fun tours, we were on the complete package tour as we really enjoyed seeing the "behind the scenes" part too. Not spooky, just a look a a very lonely grieving lady who was truly ahead of her time in many of her home's comforts and was a kind... More 

Thank Darlene S
portland, or
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, this is kinda a cool thing. It is a bizzare, massive mansion with weird design features, stairwells to nowehere etc..... You can do the mansion tour for an hour which takes you through the house and then a separate in depth tour of the servant quarters etc... Can be kinda fun for kids as well as it is just... More 

Thank jgold10529
Bakersfield, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a group including (3) kids; took both the house tour and the grounds tour. The guide for the house was newer, so they did not have as many 'stories' as did the grounds tour guide - who has been there for over a decade. A little pricey, but an entertaining 2-3 hours. The kids enjoyed the Rifle Museum and... More 

Thank dansmack
Bratislava, Slovakia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are not so much attractions in San Jose, but this belongs to the top 5! We had a great time there, our tour guide was amazing, he was wearing traditional costume from the vistorian period and he provided us great information about the history and place itself. It is nice but strange place, some say, taht there are still... More 

Thank The Don P
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the Mansion Tour with 3 kids ages 6, 11, and 16. By far the 11 enjoyed it the most. Overall, great tour (very good guide named Yvette). 📌 tickets: we bought our tickets online so no need to wait in line at all once you get there - just head to the courtyard after going through the gift... More 

Thank yolofam4
Downers Grove, Illinois
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I were in San Francisco for two days and went to San Jose for an NFL game and yet the Winchester Mystery House was the highlight and talking point of our trip! The house has wonderful and very knowledgeable guides and employees who are working very hard to restore parts of the house and maintain the integrity... More 

Thank Aron347
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably not too fun for kids. The tour takes 1-2 hours and takes you all around the house. Very interesting and the story is kinda cool. Got pretty boring towards the end cause i didn't care much for it.

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