We loved it! Went this morning 1/31/15 and our tour guide Alan was great! He was friendly and informative and brought some jokes :) The house itself is a wonder, and very very interesting to see in person. We would have done the full tour but didn't have the time, we're hoping to return for the full flashlight tour someday. Very much worth the money, and would definitely recommend to others! Also - there is a neat little gift shop and cafe so there ARE snacks available (although cannot be eaten on the tour). Overall a wonderful experience.
I loved taking the tour there. To me it didn't have the Ghost factor even being in the seance room and they said we couldn't get out the way we came in. That part of it is staged, and staged fear is not real at all. I did feel comfortable in the house even in Sarah's bedroom. The Ballroom definately is the best place for me. Very beautiful! I enjoyed the tours went back for a second one. I am going to try to go there on Halloween I think then it might bring the spook factor more to the front.
This has been on my list for a while, but it was even better than I expected. Everything I've read has really talked up the 'crazy and mysterious' aspects of the house (a stairway to the ceiling! a doorway to nowhere!) but these were actually minor parts of the whole experience. Go to the Winchester House to see an amazing example of beautiful Victorian architecture, a truly beautiful residence, and a glimpse into the mind of a woman who was sad, lonely, and quite possibly smarter than most of the rest of us. The house is gorgeous; the gardens are beautiful; it's a fabulous experience.
Really cool experience. At first I thought the price for the tour was a little high, but you learn a lot and seeing all of the cool rooms makes it worth it. Our tour guide was fantastic, super funny and knowledgable. She really made the experience. A def must-see in San Jose! Great for families.
I am Devin Winchester my dad is a Winchester my uncles my aunts and grandperents and my great grandparents and more mah whole family is Winchester family I am glad to see so many happy reviews but I am sad to hear not to many liked the tour because the workers made it cheesy or not fun that just makes the house look lame so flip you boring people XD