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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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2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
+1 805-682-4713
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This mission was fine, but I didn't think it lived up to its name as "Queen of the Missions. I was expecting a little more. There was a sidewalk chalk festival that may have detracted some from the outside ambience of the mission. This occurs...More

Thank SMB4_1958
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very interesting landmark and beautiful church. I learned about the Chumash people and the Franciscans who had great influence along the California coastline.

Thank Hoosiermd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we visited during the chalk festival which was crowded and lively. The mission is impressive although not the original, rebuilt several times. There is a lovely rose garden and green space just in front to enjoy and the chalk artists were numerous. Nice view of...More

Thank jfd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We returned to Santa Barbara for the express purpose of visiting this Mission. It did not disappoint. There is a lovely video covering the history of how the mission came to be, and the background had detail that we recalled when we toured the property....More

Thank anita w
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love touring historical places. This is a very old place for the US. It reminded me of old churches in Italy- you can definitely see the old European influences here. The building and grounds are beautiful and make for great photos. Also don't miss...More

Thank CrystalAnn56
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I highly recommend all to visit the Old Mission. In fact each Mission is a day of walk from each others. The chapel is

Thank thefrenchpro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful to see amazing California Mission architecture - great little self tour history of mission life. Mass is celebrated daily, different times - church is just beautiful.

Thank lakelleher
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The mission give you a good feel for how the buildings were constructed during this period. The inside while very simple had a neat elegance to it. There is a garden/park across the street and the roses were in full bloom in April

Thank pvtser
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful mission. We visited while mass was being held and could hear the beautiful music and the church bells rang while we were in the cemetery area. Worth the trip to see it. Inside the church is so breathtakingly beautiful!

Thank Dena M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Old Mission Santa Barbara during a tour of California. Well worth the stop!! The history of the missions is fascinating and this one is a true gem!!!

Thank Jeffcornwall
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We will be on a cruise and like to walk up to the mission. Is it far and doable ?Thanks
10 April 2017|
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Response from Diane M | Reviewed this property |
not far from the harbour, totally doable
When was the mission built?
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.
Is the mission accessible to wheelchairs and scooters? Thanks.
29 August 2015|
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Response from Serafin H | Reviewed this property |
I have askes in the Mission web, and Laura Foss from the Mission Tours had answered very kindness to me: The vast majority of our site is wheelchair accessible. You can access the Church by going to the end of the front... More