We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
+1 202-526-8300
Review Highlights
My Visit is Still With Me....

Love going here for Mass, for reflection, for prayer, for the beauty of honoring our Lord Jesus... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lacey, United States
Beautiful facility, very moving

When we visited in January, they were still under refurbishment of the main dome. It was still an... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Chris W
Quincy, Illinois
Read all 1,549 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 07:00 - 19:00
400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-1566
+1 202-526-8300
Write a Review
Reviews (1,549)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,549 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Love going here for Mass, for reflection, for prayer, for the beauty of honoring our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank jolyns2017
Reviewed 2 days ago

When we visited in January, they were still under refurbishment of the main dome. It was still an amazing church. Noon mass was in the catacombs and it was amazing down there.

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Although I am Protestant ( and a Minister) I find this holy space moving and extremely spiritual. I have visited numerous times and always find new things to explore. The murals are incredible - indescribable. You don't have to be Catholic to be blessed by...More

1  Thank sabelosimone
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing beautiful church, so glad we were able to visit, makes you feel really good after. Lots of history and amazing architecture

Thank David G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Truly an amazing church to see in person. Absolutely amazing to look at inside and out. You will want to visit and you won't be sorry you did.

Thank John M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a difficult site to review because how you view it will depend in important respects on who you are and why you are here. This is a more modern basilica on the grounds of Catholic University. It is a short walk from the...More

Thank ElaineAndGreg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One tends to think that beautiful Catholic churches can only be found in Europe. I was not expecting to see a grand basilica in the capital of US. It's a short subway ride from downtown and a little walk through the Catholic University, but the...More

Thank Maris_de_noir
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although Memorial Day is a busy day in the nation's capital, it was a quiet afternoon at the Basilica. I am in awe of the beauty of this sacred basilica. The art work on the walls, in the chapels and on the ceilings are magnificent....More

Thank ncat2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour is lovely and informative. The many chapels that make up the basilica are beautiful and unique. The masses are moving and inspirational.

Thank Kyle S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think this was visit number 14 with my 8th grade class. We had a new docent this year, and the kids were tired, so maybe it was too much detail and too long in each chapel, so we might be better off with a...More

Thank Kathy M
Nearby Restaurants
Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen
57 reviews
.92 km away
Busboys and Poets
53 reviews
.35 km away
Brookland Pint
46 reviews
.44 km away
Smith Public Trust
14 reviews
.80 km away
Nearby Attractions
President Lincoln's Cottage
430 reviews
1.39 km away
Saint John Paul II National Shrine
79 reviews
.64 km away
Franciscan Monastery
147 reviews
1.39 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Barbara C
What times are Masses?
25 January 2017|
Answer Show all 10 answers
Response from Barbara R | Reviewed this property |
SUNDAY 5:15 p.m. (Vigil) 7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 noon (Choir) 1:30 p.m. (en español) 4:30 p.m. DAILY (MONDAY – SATURDAY) 7:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 12:10 p.m. 5:15 p.m. HOLY DAYS OF... More
Beth N
Is it okay for tourists to walk around during mass?
16 December 2016|
Answer Show all 9 answers
Response from mcgon | Reviewed this property |
There are many areas as well as another floor in the Basilica. We had a tour while there was a high school graduation mass in the main church.
Is there a good place for lunch or brunch nearby? Would like to do lunch after mass on Sunday. Thx.
15 October 2016|
Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
Thanks for your question. Yes, there are several restaurants within a mile of the Shrine, though you'll have to check the hours for each restaurant. Some of the ones that I know off the top of my head include: Busboys and... More