Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral

Plan Your Visit

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Expect and FAQs

Where is Grace Cathedral and how do I get there? Is there parking?

1100 California St. San Francisco, CA 94108

We are located at the corner of California and Taylor Streets on Nob Hill in San Francisco.

Why does the cathedral charge admission for sightseeing?

Your sightseeing admission supports Grace Cathedral in keeping its doors open to all who want visit.

Those seeking a private place for prayer or meditation are welcomed at no admission cost during sightseeing hours. Discounted admission is available for seniors and youth/young adults. Group rates are also available.

It costs thousands of dollars a day to run and maintain Grace. We raise funds from donors in the community who want to share the cathedral with others, support its diverse initiatives, and ensure its future. We do not receive any direct operating support from the federal government or a national church body. The new fee was necessary in order for us to keep our doors open outside of service times.

The cathedral now joins major cathedrals around the world in offering an engaging, enriching visitor experience. The cathedral is so much more than just a photo stop. The visitor journey is now much like a wonderfully guided museum experience, though specific to the amazing history, values, and community of Grace Cathedral. Thank you for your support!

I’m visiting the cathedral to pray or light a candle. Do I need to pay admission?

If you are visiting the cathedral to pray or light a candle during sightseeing hours (non-service times), you will be welcomed with no admission cost. Please check in with our staff at the Welcome desk.

What is included with my admission fee?

A self-guided tour with fourteen stops around the cathedral is included with your admission. Each stop is a touchscreen with information about our history, art, architecture, and more! Currently, each screen can be read in English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. A docent-led guide tour may be added, when available, for a nominal fee.

When you enter the cathedral, you will be given a brochure with the locations of the stops and the layout of the main floor of the cathedral. Admission allows you to explore this main floor extensively, seeing all of our Chapels, the Nave, the Apse, and the transepts. You are welcome to take photos without flash and to stay as long as you like until we close.

We hope that these tours will foster new appreciation and awareness of the cathedral’s history in many important cultural, civic, and spiritual movements throughout San Francisco, the country, and the world.

Because we occasionally close for special services and events, we encourage you to check our website first for availability.

Does the cathedral have services?

Yes, we offer various services throughout the week. We welcome all to worship with us. Grace Cathedral is a working cathedral offering services and events. Because of this, there may be times when the cathedral is not open to sightseeing visitors when other events are occurring in the cathedral.

I am a congregant of Grace Cathedral or a church in the Diocese of California, do I have to pay admission? 

No, current congregants of Grace Cathedral or a church in the Diocese of California just need to identify as such at our Welcome desk, and they will have complimentary sightseeing access for entry and our self-guided tour. We look forward to receiving your feedback on our new visitor experience.

What languages are offered?

Our self-guided touchscreen tour is available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese.

What are the admission fees during sightseeing hours? Are discounts available?

The cathedral will be open to sightseeing visitors Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $12. Seniors 65 and older are $10. Youth and young adults between the ages of 12-22 are $10, and children 11 and under are free. Visitors can purchase timed tickets for self-guided or docent-led tours on our Plan Your Visit page. There are bookable entry slots every 15 minutes throughout the day, and you may explore the cathedral at your own pace. Please arrive as close as you can to your ticket time.

Currently, we offer discounts for our sightseeing admission and guided tours to seniors (65 and older), young adults, youth, children, and groups of 10 or more.

I’m visiting with children. Do you provide any materials for that age group?

Yes, ask the Welcome desk for a children’s map to explore the cathedral on a treasure hunt.

Is Grace Cathedral accessible?

Grace Cathedral has an accessible entrance for wheelchair users and others from the sidewalk on Taylor Street and from the Grace Cathedral Garage also on Taylor Street. From the bottom of the Great Steps on Taylor Street facing the cathedral, proceed north towards Sacramento Street. Just past the Great Steps, enter through the double glass doors at 1051 Taylor Street. Turn left after entering and proceed down the hall, turning right past the restrooms and continue until you reach the elevator on your right. Take the elevator to the main floor of the cathedral by pushing the button for floor 1.

Grace Cathedral is located at 1100 California Street in San Francisco, CA. The main phone number is 415.749.6300.