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Winchester Mystery House

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Address: 525 S Winchester Blvd, North San Jose, San Jose, CA 95128
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+1 408-247-2101
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
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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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Interesting and Quirky

While the tour is a little pricey, it is very interesting. The house is a continuous maze and unbelievable construction marvel. It is hard to imagine the construction crew working... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Tyler, Texas
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Tyler, Texas
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107 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While the tour is a little pricey, it is very interesting. The house is a continuous maze and unbelievable construction marvel. It is hard to imagine the construction crew working for 37 years, continuously making changes. Lots of advanced ideas for the construction era. We took the short tour and were not disappointed.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stopped here by myself on a Sunday around 1pm and it wasn't too packed. I was able to get on the first tour. The house was interesting and the grounds (garden) were in beautiful shape. The tour was just over an hour and the tour guide (Tristan) was energetic and knowledgeable. It was a cool place, but I wouldn't... More 

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Canyon Lake, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place was awsome! the house is beautifully kept and the tour was fantastic ! we did the Grand Tour that included the inside of the house that was fascinating .. the only downside was that there is a movie being done about the house and for the time being there are no pictures allowed inside of the house only... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Eccentric lady keeps building on to the house to fool the ghosts of people killed by husbands rifles, Guides are knowledgeable and try to sell you on the the ghost story. My tour was overcrowded requiring a lot of jostling to see everything.Very different. Stained glass was outstanding. Don't expect much in the way of Victorian pieces. Sparsely furnished Take... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Once my grandsons heard that I had taken their mom they wanted to also go as they had seen video of the house. During my 1st visit years ago with my daughter, we could take photos inside, this trip with the grands we were told ABSOLUTELY NO PHOTOS were to be taken inside. Nowhere was it stated on the website... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very much enjoyed the tour. Carolanne was very knowledgeable and dealt very well with the annoying little brat that we had to endure in our tour group....personally I wanted to chuck him out of the door that went nowhere!

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Workington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were late for our scheduled tour because of bad weather creating landslips and blocked roads. The staff had no problem with re organising our tour to a later time. \the tour was great fun and the guides were informative knowledgeable and fun. the house is so quirky, so full of interesting features, and has an interesting history. It is... More 

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Waterford, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While the interior is odd with it's many passages, the exterior architectural details caught my eye. Some beautiful work. We had a great, informative guide during the tour.

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Winchester Mystery House was amazing, it's definitely one of my favourite things I've done. Be sure to take the tour though and to not just gaze at it from the gardens. It's bizarre, I actually felt dizzy at one point. It has little hallways and rooms to the complete opposite around the corner and the story behind it all... More 

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Modiin, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You must go. Great place. I was alone, but I think it fits all ages. Interesting place, interesting stories

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