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Winchester Mystery House

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Address: 525 S Winchester Blvd, North San Jose, San Jose, CA 95128-2588
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+1 408-247-2101
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09:00 - 19:00
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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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There is no personal story so haunting as that of Sarah L. Winchester

This 160 room mansion is by far a one of a kind. It was once a nine-room farmhouse transformed by Mrs. Winchester with the royalties she earned from the Winchester repeating... read more

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San Jose, California
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20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

My niece loves this place, but I didn't find it that interesting. If you have a coupon, it is a good way to entertain relatives on a rainy day.

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Morgan Hill, California
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253 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Took the grandsons here when they were visiting, and they thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Not for young/young kids, but our pre-teen grands had a great time. It's pricey, so check for discounts on Goldstar.

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San Jose, California
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87 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My friends from out of town came here for a tour. It was a bit pricey, so we ended up doing our own self guided free tour. Beautiful place, lots of history. Guns were pretty cool. And they have a good cafe on site. I just don't know what the inside looks like because we didn't pay to go inside.... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This 160 room mansion is by far a one of a kind. It was once a nine-room farmhouse transformed by Mrs. Winchester with the royalties she earned from the Winchester repeating rifle. She was forever haunted by the spirits of those killed by the fabled firearm. You will not believe what she built over the course of 40 years!

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Los Gatos
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When you first walk into the gift shop I was amazed at all the incredible things they had. There was also a little cafe in the back. You can choose from a couple different tours and I can tell you they are great! The tour guides are ready to answer your questions and are very helpful. If you go when... More 

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Thank karebear510
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

After multiple failures finally was able to visit the Winchester house. The place very large and the 1 hour tour has a fair amount of walking. If you have any mobility issues the number of steps/stairs could prove difficult. There is a new tour starting May 25th that will expose more of the house not seen before by the public.... More 

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London
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on my way to airport after a business trip. 37 usd a bit steep considering what's on display here (most if not all of the original furnishing was removed) but this also one of the only attractions in the area. Overall happy I went and our tour guide Nicole was excellent.

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Thank Saronthina
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed seeing the house and wanted to spend more time at each stop. Suggest you stay at the back of the group so you can look around at your own pace. Would give it four stars if better tour pace, five of the tour cost matched the slower pace.

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Folsom, California
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As a Real Estate agent, I got a kick out of this tour. Could not take pictures inside due to a copyright for an upcoming movie in production. Just as it was 33 years ago when I last toured but with more extras in the adjacent store and a cafe. Fun seeing all the abstract stairways and doors leading nowhere... More 

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Thank Liza614
Findlay
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73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was worth the stop,very interesting place,kind of funny they don't really know all the history there is a lot of speculation.It does have quite a story and they do a great job to maintain it.If your in the area its worth an hour of your time we went an hour out of our way for it and felt it... More 

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