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.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Mission San Diego de Alcala

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108-2498
Phone Number: 619-281-8449
Website
Saturday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description:

Located in the Mission Valley section of San Diego, this historic mission...

Located in the Mission Valley section of San Diego, this historic mission was founded by Father Junipero Serra, who started a string of 21 missions along the California coast.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 234 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 125
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Beautiful peace of history

We went early when there were very few visitors. It got more crowded later on. This is a "don't miss" for Catholics since Padre Junipero was canonized this year. The church and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Julie H
,
Alexandria, United States
Add Photo Write a Review

234 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 213: English reviews
Alexandria, United States
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went early when there were very few visitors. It got more crowded later on. This is a "don't miss" for Catholics since Padre Junipero was canonized this year. The church and garden are beautiful, peaceful place. There's a small museum and replica of the Padres living space. Plenty of free parking.

Helpful?
Thank Julie H
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
206 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The mission is down the street from the Qualcomm stadium. It was $ 3 for seniors. You will learn about the discovery and history of San Diego. The gardens are exceptional, too.

Helpful?
Thank rockcole
Level Contributor
1,292 reviews
493 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 403 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The first of what would be a continuous string of 2l missions is beautifully restored and magnificently maintained, Smaller than most of the others it is simple and an effective design. Unlike most it remains a Catholic church, a basilica at that. The grounds are full of flowers and the price is right ... free.

Helpful?
Thank Richard C
Sacramento
Level Contributor
123 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The mission is so beautiful and such a historic place It is a step back in time. I like to sit quietly in the church and think of the people who built it. A must see.

Helpful?
Thank Jobgirl2009
Woodland, California
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful grounds and great California history. My daughter did her 4th grade report on this Mission and we thought it would be great to make history come alive for her. They provide information for 4th graders at the desk. The tour is self guided but very information and educational.

Helpful?
Thank Mark D
Level Contributor
29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place to visit reaffirm your faith, visit it on Sunday If you can attend mass, church is small but very nice inside, kept clean and well maintained, then visit the museum and the grounds. Well worth visit.

Helpful?
Thank MarkE0668
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
398 reviews
210 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by this site while in the area and enjoyed it. There is a lot of history here, as it was the first of many Spanish missions along the California coast. The church is still active, and while a bit plain, is still beautiful. There is a small museum, but the gardens are the real attraction - very peaceful and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tom H
Washington, DC
Level Contributor
269 reviews
194 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I visit San Diego, for whatever reason, I always made a visit to the Mission. It is nice and relaxing and gives you a taste of the Spanish Missions in California. The mission has a small museum and seeing the old photos of the mission, you can really see the changes over time. The courtyard garden is nice along... More 

Helpful?
Thank CodyDC
El Cajon, California
Level Contributor
32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mission has beautiful grounds, lovely green hills for picnics and children. It has one of the best views of downtown San Diego.

Helpful?
Thank Tai K
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
577 reviews
277 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

While this is not the original Mission Church and has been restored through the ages, it's a great way to explore the beginnings of San Diego and the role of Father Sera and the Catholic Church in making the California of today.

Helpful?
Thank Mike N

Travelers who viewed Mission San Diego de Alcala also viewed

 

Been to Mission San Diego de Alcala? 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 Mission San Diego de Alcala and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Glendale, California

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Mission San Diego de Alcala 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?