Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, San Luis Obispo

Wander the buildings and gardens of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and take a step back into California's history. Built in 1772 by Father Junípero Serra, the mission still serves the community to this day. Notice both the belfry and vestibule design styles, a combination that is not found in any of the other California missions. Explore the grounds and the church on your own, or prearrange a docent-led tour. Stop by the museum for a brief history of the mission. If you would like to attend a service, check the website for worship times. Use our San Luis Obispo driving holiday planner to visit Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa on your trip to San Luis Obispo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • October 4, 2017
    The mission is a good place to visit for tourists. It's close to the lazy creek, wonderful restaurants and shops.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Having visited a number of California Missions I was impressed with the extensive historical museum on site focusing upon the arrival of explorers 200 yrs ago and settlement of the central coast. The ...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    But you do need to drive downtown. The mission is well with the visit. And it’s right downtown and SLO is a pretty little town.  more »
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  • June 3, 2017
    Although not original, this is a beautiful Mission. The grounds are beautiful and worth a visit. We took a tour, and it's well worth it. Stayed for late Sunday Mass, and it was beautiful, with a wonderful singer.
  • July 2, 2017
    Historic, active, Franciscan Mission Catholic Church built in 1772, right in the heart of San Luis Obispo. The town grew around the Mission. The 5th mission built of the 21 California Missions. Docent tours available, gift shop and museum.
  • April 22, 2017
    Amazing place for a spiritual experience. Just beautiful and as you walk in you feel the spirits of the past and the presence of The Holy Spirit with you. All I can say is that you must visit this place and before you leave check out the gift shop.
  • June 2, 2017
    A beautiful mission. It's small compared to the other midsions along the way, but it's free and educational.
  • June 20, 2017
    Our Californian friends have introduced us to the historic places of San Louis Obispo. Great place with explanation tables to teach about the history.

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