Grace Cathedral Grand Tour

Grace Cathedral

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Take a tour of the breathtaking Grace Cathedral in the heart of SF. This architectural masterpiece has much to offer locals & visitors!
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Come take a tour of the breathtaking Grace Cathedral in the heart of San Francisco. This architectural masterpiece has much to offer both locals and casual visitors.
  
Grace Cathedral is the largest gothic church on the West Coast.. The architecture of the cathedral is the traditional French Gothic style, although the fabric is concrete and steel.  The history of Grace Cathedral extends back to 1849, when little Grace Chapel was built during the Gold Rush in San Francisco.

On the Grand Tour, you will see many amazing structures and rooms, as well as areas of the cathedral that are traditionally off-limits to the general public. This "behind the scenes" look will include these famous areas:
  • A visit inside the Chapel of Grace - an intimate side chapel with magnificent stained glass windows - the oldest part of the cathedral.
  • A stop in the vestry to see the cathedral's collection of vestments worn during services.
  • The Cathedral Gallery to see the cathedral from a rarely viewed angle and get a better sense of the volume inherent in Gothic architecture.
  • Travel up the 94 steps to the top of the South Tower for amazing views of Nob Hill and the city.
  • The tour ends in the crypt with the Historic Photo Exhibit - a timeline of the history of Grace Cathedral.
This tour is suitable for anyone 10 or older.  Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

What Is Not Included?

Nothing is excluded.

Meeting Location

Nob Hill (San Francisco, CA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Rating: 5
This tour was facinating and I recommend it!
1Lauren Thu, Oct 16  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Individual
 
The tour of Grace Cathedral was fun, filled with interesting facts, and enlightening. We got to see the "Harry Potter" hideaways and small rooms, a look behind the scenes, hear the massive organ, learn about the various gifts of artwork and other interesting details. What a beautiful place. I left with a feeling of peace and reverence. Thank you to the wonderful guide!
Rating: 4
Not your typical Cathedral tour
mccutchm Sat, Sep 20  10:00 AM Female 30-39 Local Individual
 
I found this tour completely by chance and I'm so glad I did. It's not too heavy on architecture compared to similar types of tours I've done but it did go very behind the scenes on the workings of the cathedral. I don't consider myself religious but it was very interesting to see the back offices, ceremonial garments & silverwares, and get an insider's perspective from a guide who works and lives there. Our small group ended up taking close to 2 hours. We heard lots of stories about the art pieces and various stained glass windows. Very interesting and a beautiful place to pass time (especially on a foggy day). Plan to stay extra just to take in the beauty and walk the labyrinth. (PS They have a wonderful holiday concert series here in December.)
Rating: 5
A well-spent 90 minutes.
Sheilawex Fri, Sep 19  10:00 AM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
This tour offered by Charles,the verger, was very good indeed. Grace is treasure-trove of wonderful art and really interesting stories, spanning a long San Francisco history. The church is inclusive of all and many pieces of art demonstrate that. Organ music played for the duration of our visit, both played live and directed through the fine instrument. Just go! You'll be pleased you did.
Rating: 4
Excellent tour, learned much more than expected.
Veronica02 Thu, Aug 21  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Tour took us through the Cathedral and showed a lot of "behind the scenes" activities and rooms, as well as the normal things one would expect. Great historic explanation of the church's construction and items that fill the church. The tour took almost 2 hours, but felt like only a few minutes, it was that interesting. Good job !!!
Rating: 4
very interesting
thenestors Wed, Aug 20  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
We enjoyed going behind the scenes. Walking up to the tower, what a view. Alot of history. Love it
Rating: 5
Very good tour
JamesHughes Wed, Aug 13  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of Grace Cathedral. My only reservation was the walk from one bell tower to another via a catwalk 100' above the Cathedral floor. I am very afraid of heights and walked a few feet out onto the catwalk before feeling panicky and ill so I turned back to wait for the group to return. I really enjoyed the rest of the tour. A word of caution from the docent before the tour began would have been enough to warn me of the catwalk. Thanks.
Rating: 5
It was great fun to see behind the scene
DavidBeals Wed, Aug 13  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
This tour provided a mix of religious, historical, architectural and musical (seeing the parts of their elaborate organ) interests. There wasn't really a lot to see, but there was enough that it was very enjoyable altogether. One part of the tour had a lot of stairs to climb, nothing that a healthy person couldn't easily do but we did have a person drop out for that reason. I would do it again, bringing friends or family next time.
Rating: 5
Absolutely Wonderful Tour!
fenrhodes Thu, Jul 31  10:00 AM Male 70+ Unspecified Individual
 
The tour was conducted by the Verger (a lay position in the church), and he knew everything there was to know about the cathedral and its history. He was also friendly and welcoming. The tour took a full 90 minutes, with not a dull moment in my opinion. Our particular group was small (three people), so there was plenty of opportunity for questions. If you are interested in Grace Cathedral, this tour is a must.
Rating: 5
Incredibly informative
jacreilly Fri, Jun 6  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
I initially was curious about the labyrinth and had no idea there was a cathedral grand tour. The ninety minute tour was incredibly informative and inspiring and included many very interesting anecdotes. A casual visitor to the cathedral could not have gleaned a fraction of what we on the tour learned.
Rating: 5
A tour is the best way to see this beautiful place
LorenRhoads Thu, May 29  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
It was really fun have someone who loved in the art in the cathedral take such joy in showing it to us.
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Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is required as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased using Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
How long is the tour?
The fully guided grand tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Is the tour suitable for children?
We do not recommend this tour for small children. However, the tour is great for anyone ten or older.
When is the cathedral open to the public?
The cathedral's doors are open every day from at least 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. for those who wish to find a respite from a world that seems ever more challenging. The stillness within the soaring gothic arches inside allows for prayer, meditation, walking the labyrinth, or simply taking in the structure itself.
Is there a gift shop where I can purchase material related to the cathedral?
The Shop at Grace Cathedral is located on the lower level of Grace Cathedral. You may enter the shop from within Grace Cathedral or directly from California Street mid-block betwen Taylor and Jones. We carry a selection of items including Episcopal prayer books and hymnals, music including CDs by the Choir of Men & Boys, jewelry, gifts, and labyrinth items.
Can I take pictures in the cathedral while on the tour?
Yes. You are more than welcome to take pictures at the cathedral. In fact, there will be plenty of great photo opportunities from many locations unavailable to the general public.
Can I just look around the cathedral?
Yes, the nave of the cathedral is open to the public.
Can we continue to explore the cathedral after the tour is over?
You can remain with your guide after the tour for questions while you enjoy your beverage from Peet's. You are also free to explore the nave while it is open.
What should I wear?
Since guests will be on their feet for the duration of the tour, we suggest that guests wear comfortable shoes (i.e. not high heels!) and dress casually.
Is there a place to store our belongings during the tour?
No, there is no place to store your belongings. We suggest that you not bring anything that you cannot carry around easily.
Can I bring food or beverages on the tour?
No food or beverages are allowed in the cathedral other than water. There will be a stop for a beverage after the tour.
Is there a restroom in the cathedral?
Yes. You will have the opportunity to use the restroom before or after the tour, but not during.
Is the entire tour narrated?
Absolutely! Our guides will tell you about the architecture, history, and behind-the-scenes details of Grace Cathedral throughout your tour.
What about rainy weather?
Since all of the tour is under cover or inside, the tour will operate rain or shine.
Do I have to be religious to take the tour?
Absolutely not. Everyone is welcome at Grace Cathedral.
Is the tour wheelchair or stroller accessible?
All parts of the tour are wheelchair and stroller accessible with the exception of the South Tower.
Is there anywhere to sit down or rest on the tour?
Yes. There will be a chance to sit for a few minutes at various stops along the tour route.
Are pets allowed on the tour?
Unfortunately, no pets are allowed on the tour.
How much walking is involved?
The tour is a walking tour but other than the South Tower involves very few stairs and is on a level surfaces.
Does the tour involve walking up stairs?
Only the South Tower portion of the tour requires the use of stairs.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! If you are interested in gift certificates, please click on the "Contact GraceCathedral" link to inquire about purchasing one.
Do you offer discounts for groups?
At this time, we do not.
Can I book a private tour?
No. Private tours are not available.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Other Policies

Participants must sign a liability waiver.
A release of liability waiver is required of all participants on this tour.

Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of California, and an iconic house of prayer for all - locally, nationally and internationally.  Our inclusive congregation consists of seekers and believers, embraces innovation and open-minded conversation, and tries to put its beliefs into action in all aspects of life. 
 
The cathedral is a beautiful, sacred space, and our liturgy and well-known music program (including a men and boys choir) attract many to the four Sunday services and daily services.  We host cultural events in the visual arts, music and drama often in partnership with other major cultural institutions of the city, civic conversations on key issues of the day, and an excellent and wide-ranging educational program and flagship Forum series.  Cathedrals have long been places of pilgrimage and all of us at Grace Cathedral are ready to welcome you among us whenever you are able to visit.

This church building is a “cathedral” because it is the seat of the bishop, the chief minister of the diocese, and contains his chair or “cathedra”. The architecture of the cathedral is the traditional French Gothic style, although the fabric is concrete and steel.  The history of Grace Cathedral extends back to 1849, when little Grace Chapel was built in Gold Rush San Francisco. That chapel and the subsequent Grace Church both burned giving rise to Grace Cathedral as we know it today.
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