Sarah Winchester was heir to the Winchester repeating rifle fortune, and she was convinced that the spirits of all those ... More
Winchester Mystery House
Sarah Winchester was heir to the Winchester repeating rifle fortune, and she was convinced that the spirits of all those killed with that gun were haunting her. To confuse the restless spirits, she constructed one of the oddest houses ever built and kept constructing it until the day of her death. The Victorian-style labyrinth that resulted, features a door on the second floor that opens onto thin air—others that open onto walls, and stairs and corridors that lead to dead ends. Check website for prices and further information.
We had a wonderful time! Our group thought it was well worth the money spent. We did the Grand Estate Tour which included the Mansion Tour (65 min.) and the Behind the Scenes Tour (approx. 50 min.) for only $35. I spent the time visualizing what the house looked like in Mrs. Winchesters' time and really wanting to go on a tour by myself :) The history was quite interesting. I felt she and her builders were really ahead of the times in creating safe gas lights, elevators, heating etc. I found her story very sad, what a lonely woman she was. I hope you disregard the negative reviews and see for yourself. One of my friends told me he was so bored and I wouldn't like it. I'm glad I didn't listen to him. The grounds are gorgeous and we enjoyed looking at all the plants and flowers.
What a scam! The owners should be ashamed of themselves for misleading the public. While the outside of the house is gorgeous, the interior is mostly empty (the walls aren't even finished in the majority of the house) but they don't bother to tell you that. total waste of time and money ($$$$) and extremely boring and lame.
$30 to tour a large old farm house with a few fancy rooms? $10 would have been fair, but obviously the owners are just very greedy as evidenced by the need for paint on the outside. Save the cash and look up some pictures of it.
It's way overpriced. Literally a dollar a minute. Not a great value. At all! You can't squeeze that much history into an hour, as the tour guide (no fun, very dry), tried in vain to do. She told us she could lose her job if she didn't complete her tour in a hour!! Yikes! :(
Can't believe that they actually have a gift shop after paying $30. Umm, no, I won't be buying any of those overpriced gift items either.
It's also VERY COLD!! Didn't expect that. What about keeping your consumers warm, hmm?
Overall, I give it 1 star. I saw this house on TV and they did a much better job of entertaining. That $30 is best used for something else. Total waste of time. Dislike!!!
An interesting place which is sadly overpriced.
In order to complete their tour on time the guides are forced to give their spiel at rapid fire rate. Also their "cutesie" delivery distracts from actual information which could be provided.
The tour is worth about $20 maybe.
Put this place in the category of one of those "Amazing Gravity Defying" tourist traps one sees along the highway.
This home and tour is all about the history of Sarah Winchester. People that go here to be scared are obviously going to be disappointed. I LOVE this house. It's all about the architecture of the late 1800's and early 1900's. If people are so disappointed about their visit maybe they should have researched where they were going beforehand.
Save your money. The house has been hyped much, but the tour was a huge let down for the money. (nearly 30 bucks.) None of the furniture is from the original house. The place is falling apart and the stories are rushed and not in enough detail to be scary or really even interesting.
This is a prime example of a documentary TV show blowing something up. Don't get sucked in. Save your money and buy a nice dinner.
A huge mansion with endless rooms, passways, and stairs built without any architectural plan would have been an interesting place to visit had the administration allocated proper time slots for each tour. Right now, their standard tour lasts 65 minutes which results in flying through the house trying to keep up with a tour guide without a slight opportunity to stop and take another look at the details of the room. Tours depart every 10 minutes, that's why the tour guides are in such a hurry.
In our group, there was a 4-y.o. child who was adding his own quite overwhelming soundtrack to the tour guide comments . Neither his parents, nor the tour guide paid attention to this nuisance and this was very annoying. The tour guide just tried to speak louder. I would not allow entry with young kids - it's clear they cannot stay quiet for 65 minutes.
Tour was informative, not much different then touring a regular house except the tiny steps. The history was interesting, about a lady with to much money and to much self-interest. A very sad story of depravity and evil influence. I can't believe they sell season passes. I will never go back. Definitely not child friendly.
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