AAA Editor Notes
Winchester Mystery House is at 525 S. Winchester Blvd. (between I-280 and Stevens Creek Blvd.) This Victorian mansion's labyrinthine layout was designed to baffle the spirits that allegedly haunted Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune and mistress of the house.
Bristling with a multitude of gables and cupolas, the wooden structure was under continuous construction for 38 years until Winchester passed away in 1922. The design was so complex—160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 13 bathrooms, 10,000 windows, 47 fireplaces, blind closets, secret passageways and 40 staircases—that the heiress and her servants needed maps to navigate their way around.
The Mansion Tour includes a 65-minute guided walk through the interior, a self-guiding tour of the Victorian gardens and access to two museums displaying collections of Winchester rifles and other products made by the arms manufacturing company. The 2.25-hour Explore More Tour starts with the Mansion tour, then goes deeper into the dark hideaways, attics and other spaces that are rarely open to the public. Halloween Candlelight and Friday the 13th Flashlight tours also are offered.
Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.