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.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
Phone Number: +1 805-682-4713
Website
Description:

Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell...

Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$94.99*
and up
Santa Barbara Electric Bike Tour
More Info
$169.00*
and up
Santa Barbara, Solvang and Hearst Castle Day Trip from Los Angeles

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,880 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 888
    Excellent
  • 541
    Very good
  • 130
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Beautiful Piece of History

We had one day in Santa Barbara and spent a couple of hours touring the Missions. We paid for the inside tour and it was relatively cheap. The money goes towards the upkeep of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Michelle T
,
Austin, Texas
Add Photo Write a Review

1,880 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,579: English reviews
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had one day in Santa Barbara and spent a couple of hours touring the Missions. We paid for the inside tour and it was relatively cheap. The money goes towards the upkeep of the Missions. The architecture, history, gravestones and the video about the missions was very educational. We went early enough to miss the tourist buses which turned... More 

Helpful?
Thank Michelle T
Irvine, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You can visit this place by looking outside with nice view and don't need to pay to visit inside the mission because it is not much to see for the price unless you want to donate money for the mission

Helpful?
Thank ndjunke53
Mermaid Beach, Australia
Level Contributor
24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Church and grounds are unique to this area. Lots of parking and local information is readily available. A few miles out of Santa Barbara so transport is required - local trolley stop is here,

Helpful?
Thank Sue M
Virginia
Level Contributor
263 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're in the area make sure to stop by and enjoy the history. there is a fee to enter the church/museum. nice for photo op.

Helpful?
Thank PURPLEYAMS
Coppell
Level Contributor
26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit here convinced me that I must return soon and do the entire mission trail in California. This is one of the most comprehensive and in better shape than many but the history of settling California is fascinating. If you go, pay the extra couple bucks and take a guided tour. The guides add so much more to the... More 

Helpful?
Thank 407debraz
Marshfield, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an interesting place to visit. There was a lot of history explained about the mission and the Chumash Indians. There is a short film about the mission which is very informative.

Helpful?
Thank Annette806
A TripAdvisor Member
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the old Mission last week with my family. It was fairly decent as something to do for a couple of hours. The church was very different than the ones I've seen before. The view from the mission looking into the sea was beautiful. We particularly enjoyed the drive to and from the mission into state street.

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very interesting mission. It has many original areas the are taken good care of. Very interesting exhibits. There is an informative short film about the background of the mission. The grounds are beautiful and we'll kept. The display about the damage from earthquakes and the subsequent rebuilding was outstanding. This is one to see.

Helpful?
Thank Jeff C
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth seeing. Nice church but not spectacular. Faux painting on the walls and ceiling. Attended a wonderful Mass with a wonderful priest.

Helpful?
Thank William P
Napa, California
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved learning the rich history of the mission, as well as seeing first-hand the intricate details in the architecture made by the Chumash Indians.

Helpful?
Thank Michele Q

Travelers who viewed Old Mission Santa Barbara also viewed

 

Been to Old Mission Santa Barbara? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Old Mission Santa Barbara and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Torrance, California
San Jose, California
Santa Cruz, California
over a year ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Old Mission Santa Barbara 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?