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Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
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2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The have named this mission the mother of all California missions and it is obvious why. It is one of the beautiful churches in North America and the grounds are spectacular. Would recommend a visit if you are in the area

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Drew L
Reviewed 4 days ago

We only had a short one night stay in Santa Barbara, to see as much of the city as we could in a short space of time we took the trolley bus tour from our hotel. We spent an hour at the Mission exploring this...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MoirEngland
Reviewed 1 week ago

We managed to get the guided tour, which was interesting. it added context to the buildings. I will advise the tours are done by volunteers and our tour guide gave (some) information about the building. He was a charming man, but i was looking for...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 328sandip
Reviewed 1 week ago

Santa Barbara old mission is a must see in Santa Barbara. The building it's fantastic and the church facade as a very unpopular colour.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank pedropD6354NC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mission is a beautiful, spiritual place to visit. Well preserved and tourists are accommodated in a way that does not affect the tranquility and peace of this wonderful place. Tour is very good value for money. A must do visit when in Santa Barbara.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Travel-bug2910
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this mission and it shows care and respect for it and it’s grounds. The tour is informative and easy to walk. A wonderful photographic opportunity as well with the artifacts on display. A gem.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank martinag63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the original missions, still in use today. The church has been added to many times, but is a nice quiet building. The grounds are extensive, but not much landscaping. The cost of the tour is high for what you see. Has...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lestertheinvestor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were very honored to visit the mission in santa barbara abd being invited to attend the service - indeed a very unique experience, the rituals and passion of the members of that community, were something I never seen before and I am so glad...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank aaraque
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A cathedral-style church still belonging to the Franciscans. Beautifully landscaped grounds with the historic mission and the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop. Whether you go into the mission or not, walk the grounds, soak in the beauty, smell the flowers, gaze at the surprisingly...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank William M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a guided tour of this beautiful mission. The buildings and grounds are beautiful and have a rich history to tell The docent was very knowledgeable and friendly. Stayed after the tour to answer additional questions/comments!!

Date of experience: August 2019
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16 October 2018|
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Response from CharlesM611 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I was there on a Monday.
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Response from teach2016 | Reviewed this property |
I agree - call the SB tourist bureau.
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Response from 196janicem | Reviewed this property |
We rented a car but from SBA airport the beach area and hotels is pretty close. We drove up in the hills and did some other site seeing. There is a touring trolley to many of the attractions, but not sure of the price... More
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