Guided tour

San Jose: Winchester Mystery House Tour

4.4 / 5

18 reviews

Activity provider: Winchester Mystery House

San Jose: Winchester Mystery House Tour

Activity provider: Winchester Mystery House

From US$ 41.99 per person

Discover the four floors and 160 rooms of this mystery mansion.

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Duration 65 minutes
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the 160-room mansion on this guided tour
  • Marvel at beautiful Victorian architecture
  • Learn about the bizarre oddities like stairs to the ceiling
  • Explore the beautiful gardens
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Timed 65-minute guided tour through the sprawling interior of the Winchester Mansion
  • Self-guided tour of the Victorian Gardens, Products Museum, and Gift Shop.
  • Written translations available on request
  • Video access tour available on request
  • Free parking
  • Food and beverage (available for purchase)
  • Additional activities (Sarah's Attic Shooting Gallery, and Axe Throwing)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Food and drinks
  • Vaping
  • Chewing gum

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • There are over 200 stairs on the tour route
  • This tour takes place rain or shine
  • Snacks and beverages are available for purchase at the gift shop
  • The gardens are accessible to all
  • Tours are scheduled every 20 minutes
  • Parking may be limited onsite during peak season
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 18 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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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!

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October 16, 2022

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).

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August 6, 2021

Well organized visit, too bad there is nothing planned in French…

September 14, 2022

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