It’s time for a vacation, and you’re ready for something new, exciting, and beautiful – the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA, is just the place for you. Offering a unique blend of fun and enchantment, the sprawling mansion and its grounds provide an unforgettable experience that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Located just a few minutes away from downtown San Jose and its bustling downtown, the Winchester Mystery House is a beautiful and historically-significant Victorian mansion built under the direction of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun manufacturer William Wirt Winchester, who passed away in 1881. The mansion is known for being one of the most elaborate and bizarre structures in the entire world, with its maze-like hallways, endless stairs, and a variety of other features. Learn more here.
The mansion is worth a visit alone – take a guided tour, and you’ll learn all about its history and Mrs. Winchester’s strange and mysterious story. You’ll get the chance to explore the 160 rooms (some of which contain original fixtures from the time of Sarah Winchester’s occupancy) and see oddities like the seance room and the séance bell system, which she used to communicate with the spirits she believed lurked in the house. Once you’ve explored the interior of the mansion, you can wander through the sprawling gardens and grounds, featuring incredible views of San Jose and the surrounding area. One of the highlights is the gardens, which include beautiful and unique plants, trees, and bushes – all chosen by Sarah Winchester and planted in the tradition of her family’s European roots. Learn more about Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, CA.