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.

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Address: 751 Palm St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone Number: 805-781-8220
Website
Improve this listing
89%
Type: Missions, Cultural
Owner description: Founded on September 1, 1772, this is considered one of the most beautiful missions in California...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Missions, Cultural
Owner description: Founded on September 1, 1772, this is considered one of the most beautiful missions in California and still serves as an active church in the community.

Hotels near Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Write a Review

226 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    108
    91
    25
    2
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Thousand Oaks, United States
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

loved the mission museum, great old photos, clothing and artifacts. Mission garden was lovely also. Everything is close by, so easy to walk.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belleair, Florida
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I love the old mission churches in California. They stretch from San Diego to Sonoma. Some, like San Juan Capirstrano are much larger and ornate. Not San Luis Obispo. Dating back to 1772, it is a small mission packed with history. If you visit, spend a few minutes in the museum and in the gardens in the back. The former... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Petaluma
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The sculptures, fountains, and levels created by staircases and plazas that connect one part of the downtown to another make this a very special experience.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Luis Obispo, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Who could not like a trip into the historic beginnings of California? Even though the Spaniards brought their diseases into the area and wiped out the Chumas Indian population, we still have to appreciate their religious tenacity. The California missions are a living example of their religious fervor.

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Albert
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I enjoyed this historical museum. The artifacts and displays were well done, the mission was cool inside even though the temperature was hot outside.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Luis Obispo, California
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
11 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This historic mission is in good shape and is in the center of charming San Luis Obispo. Make sure to step outside the side door and check out the courtyard. If you can time your visit to coincide with a concert, it's a "must do." In July Festival Mozaic (a classical music festival) has several concerts there. The acoustics are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Encinitas
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is a beautifully restored mission, with a charming courtyard, beautiful sanctuary, and some historic bells in the back area. The mission is downtown, and San Luis Obispo is a walkable, enchanting area with lots of restaurants and shops.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Turlock, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I live in Northern California and I have always wanted to travel and see all the missions. This was my third one. It's very quaint and the church is just awe aspiring when you walk in. The grounds are beautiful and it's right near shops and food places.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Roseville, California
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
36 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

My wife and I stopped by the Mission on our way up the Central California coast to Ragged Point Inn. We realize that we've seen enough of the Junípero Serra missions to think about setting a goal of visiting all of them. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is smallish, by some standards, and might seem rather uninteresting. But ...... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Salt Lake City, Utah
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

One of the nicest active Catholic missions, well cared for & maintained with a mini-vineyard on its internal patio. Situated in a plaza & garden area by the creek with easy access to excellent local restaurants.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa also viewed

San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
 
San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
 

Been to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?