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Old Mission Santa Ines

1760 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93464
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Solvang
Type: Missions
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Culver City, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The Mission is in Solvang's city center, so you don't need to go far or walk with a stroller in the dirt at noon to experience it (as you would have to do if you go to La Purisima mission). In my case, I have two kids (2 and 4 years old) and it really helped to be within "civilization".... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews 68 reviews
35 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Smaller Mission. We were on vacation and visited many of the California Missions. We didn't have a lot of time to spend at this mission, so we didn't want to pay to go in. Spent about 10 minutes outside and enjoyed what was outside. From the outside, it looked smaller than many of the other missions. Right at the edge... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The mission is very close downtown Solvang, CA. Not as grand of an exterior as the mission in Santa Barbara, but still interesting. The self guided tour is $10, which I thought was a bit spendy for as short the tour is. Along the tour are boxes mounted on the wall that have buttons. When pushed, a pre-recorded narrator provides... More

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San Diego, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
4 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

As a fan of California mission architecture, I've always been fond of Santa Ines; but I'm also old enough to remember when the missions looked old. Many of them have been so thoroughly restored, they almost look new.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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153 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The mission is to the rear of the Solvang central car park. It is quite charming. How admirable that the US have restored and maintained this last vestige of Spanish and Mexican rule. The architectural style is very eye-catching. The museum and tour are worth the effort if you have time. The garden and aspect are pretty and very photogenic.

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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

That summer I visited several California missions. As a native to California, I have often been enamored by its history. The California Mission network has always held a particular curiosity for me. Santa Ines is small, with a small souvenir shop. The church itself is unremarkable except for some excellent stain glass and a cemetery out back. There is some... More

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Angelus Oaks, California, United States
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28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Park in the parking lot behind the bakery and walk through the arch that takes you to the gardens of the mission. the Mission is great and the tour of restored rooms worth the small price. Then wander through the gardens...stop by a fountain or on a bench under a arbor and rest and feel history all around you.

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Ramona, California, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Could not go inside the mission unless you paid for a tour... which would have been too expensive for our family group, even though for a good cause: that which helps maintain the Mission. My daughter-in-law is Catholic and she was under the wrong impression she would be able to go inside to pray, so she was a little disappointed..

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The exhibitions are informative and there is a quiet garden area to the rear of the mission for quiet reflective moments.

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Kingman, Arizona
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20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The old mission is still in use, and has several out buildings that are used by the church. The grounds are attractive and well kept. There is some interesting history here. There is a Church operated gift store on the site. Nothing special, but if you're on a Mission Tour, you don't want to miss this one.

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