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San Jose: Winchester Mystery House Tour

1. San Jose: Winchester Mystery House Tour

Come explore the fascinating Victorian mansion built by Winchester rifle heiress, Sarah L. Winchester. Marvel at this vast, strange and unusual place. Take a 65-minute guided tour of this architectural marvel, built for 38 years from 1884. Experience beautiful stained glass windows, ornate parquet floors, and turn-of-the-century craftsmanship. Discover strange oddities such as doors to nowhere, stairs to the ceiling, and windows in the floor. See rooms bare with remnants of the 1906 earthquake damage, and others furnished with lounge chairs, grand pianos, and chandeliers. After your tour, walk round the beautiful the gardens, and enjoy the fresh flowers, picnic benches and palm trees. Try your hand at axe throwing or the shooting gallery for an additional charge, or browse for souvenirs at the gift shop.

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2.0 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Such a fun and interesting experience!! The house is certainly worth visiting; there’s so much history and stories behind almost every part of it and it was fascinating to hear about what Sarah Winchester went through and why her house is the way it is. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to, as well as funny when needed to be. Would highly recommend this activity to anyone visiting Northern California. The location is very convenient and easy access as well (and it has a parking lot which is always nice).

Great time learning and seeing the unique history of late Sarah W., her family and beloved staff. Hosted by knowledgeable staff eager to answer questions and make the most of the experience. My only gripe was that another tour group ended up so close to us;lead by a guide who was loud, it was hard to hear our own guide. But that was a minor thing! I really enjoyed the WM - thank you!

Interesting house, shame it's a guided tour and not a free walk but still worthwhile visiting this house. Gardens are immaculate.

The house is fascinating and our tour guide told so many interesting stories and a ton of history. We loved it!

Wonderful experience! Our Guide made the Tour extra-special and fun! She deserves a bonus!!