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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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“rose garden” (115 reviews)
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2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
+1 805-682-4713
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A visit to California is not complete without a visit to one of the missions established in the late 18th century. The missions remain a controversial institution. However, history points to the fact that Native Americans were enslaved to the Spanish mission system. The story...More

Thank Tony K
Reviewed 4 days ago

The location of this Mission is amazing. with wide expansive views out over the ocean to the Channel Islands, and backed by the mountains. Santa Barbara spreads out down the hill to the coast. The Mission itself is in very good shape and obviously well...More

Thank 367john
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You get to go through the church, cemetary, mission and mosoleum. In addition, there is a free video offered. The gardens surrounding the mission are gorgeous and the mission is very well kept up. The church us all original

Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is interesting to take a tour of the mission and seeing part of the inside and gardens etc. You get to get a much better idea of what was when and why, by going on a guided tour. They are not too long, and...More

Thank MonikaMc
Reviewed 1 week ago

This mission is one of the best preserved missions out of the 22 surviving Spanish missions. It is beautiful! Great tours are available, and it is a magical experience to go there for a Sunday Mass, or especially on Christmas Eve(be sure to get there...More

Thank Heathenone
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely gardens, a must to visit while in Santa Barbara. Take the docent tour and travel through history. Don’t forget to go to the bookstore, good tourist gifts. Take a picture with the Padres, many live and or retire at the mission.

Thank martigarcia1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The docent conducting our tour had a cold and you could not hear much of what he was saying. I would recommend taking the tour $22/person, unless you have knowledge of the 21 Missions in California, if so, do your own tour using the free...More

Thank doriss910
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is good to understand what a museum is all about. Mission Santa Barbara was a mission by the Spanish Franciscans. The establishment of this mission was before California became part of the US in 1786. In 1790, the first buildings were put up. According...More

Thank Hexelspixels
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is worth a side trip to see. The view of the Mission from the adjacent rose garden is beautiful. They have a very nice little gift shop and restroom facilities.

Thank Howard H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a 200+ year old mission set in a beautiful locale in the hillsides of Santa Barbara. The museum part of it (where the Franciscan monks stayed) was beautifully kept and showed a bit of their lifestyle. Garden was small but pretty. A worthwhile...More

Thank William P
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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.