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Old Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
+1 805-682-4713
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Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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“self guided tour” (266 reviews)
“rose garden” (114 reviews)
“catholic church” (20 reviews)
2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
+1 805-682-4713
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Self tour so you can take as much or as little time as you want. Beautiful grounds, mission chapel so beautiful, but cemetery was impressive with such old graves/headstones. Awesome, huge, Fig tree in the cemetery grounds.

Thank cathylafayette
Reviewed 2 days ago

I stop here every time in Sata Barbara to enjoy the street art and adjacent rose garden. The algea laced fountai is a great photo that i have yet to capture. The varieties of roses and their unique fragrence, some do not have any aroma,...More

Thank dougg1000
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took a quick tour of this place as we had some downtime before a wedding. I learned that this is the old mission continuously run by the Franciscans since 1786. It was worth wild seeing the old spanish architecture and artifact.

Thank OHTravelGuy
Reviewed 6 days ago

The opportunity of taking the self-guided tour through this mission should not be missed. The gardens offer a contrast of blossoming cacti with other plants including an ancient fig tree. The rooms offer examples of art and life in the original mission. One of the...More

Thank Randy L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Tastefully done museum. The gardens and cemetery were lovely, quiet, and peaceful. It's wonderful piece of California history.

Thank Martha H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Every age group can enjoy this mission. There's a large church and a smaller chapel. Also on-site, the grave of the Native American girl (true story) in Island of the Blue Dolphins, along with others in a small, pretty cemetery and gardens. Very nice gift...More

Thank Colleen E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Self-guided tour through history. Loved the roses in the garden and fig tree in the cemetery. Such amazing architecture & a serene church. The antique photos of the Mission were super interesting as well! Over all... Glad we made this our 1 morning in Santa...More

Thank IowaBell
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mission is decent enough to check out. You will end up there without fail. Up to the person to pay for entrance if that is your desire. We skipped on that. Nice for photo's.

Thank coachee1313
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this mission and the church/ cemetery next to it. You get a good idea of the life in that century.

Thank Kenneth And Vir... M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely and important mission in the Camino Real collection but honestly, it lacked the charm of San Luis Obispo or the authentic feel of San Juan Capistrano (yes, I know a lot of it is rebuilt but I still preferred it). The...More

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Sandra W
17 August 2017|
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Response from shirl0118 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any dogs while we were there. Probably allowed outside on leashes but no real walking areas of grass.
10 April 2017|
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Response from Diane M | Reviewed this property |
not far from the harbour, totally doable
17 December 2016|
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Response from ajbabyboomer | Reviewed this property |
It was first built in 1786 but rebuilt after earthqaukes around 1812. It was rebuilt again after an earthquake in 1920.