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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Description

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.)
97 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
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Fri, May 13  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
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Rating: 5
Grace Catherdral Grand Tour
Sat, May 7  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
Although I am not a member of the congregation, Grace Cathedral has been a recurring part of my life since moving to the bay Area in 1973. Charles Shipley did an amazing job at filling in gaps in my knowledge of the building's history and how to 'read the building". Informative, entertaining and a pleasure!
Rating: 5
Very Grand Tour
Sat, May 7  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
The tour was well paced, informative, interesting and enjoyable. Highly recommend.
Rating: 5
Amazing!
Fri, Apr 29  10:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
We had a wonderful time on the tour, the guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and they showed us almost every part of the church. I would highly recommend it!
Rating: 5
Spiritual, Great and Informative!
Thu, Apr 21  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
A wonderful morning, well worth the time, would highly recommend!
Rating: 5
VIP experience
Thu, Mar 31  10:00 AM Female 20-29 Local Individual
 
awesome place, awesome private tour, great architecture, art work, and employees. Wish I could have spent more time exploring the church.
Rating: 5
Great Time!
Thu, Mar 31  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
 
We had a great time on our tour. Our tour guide was friendly and interesting to listen to. The only area where we wish we had learned more information was on the architecture of the church. It is described as the oldest example of French Gothic on the west coast, but that aspect of the building wasn't discussed. We had a French enthusiast amongst us who was primarily interested in that aspect.
Rating: 5
Beautiful church
Wed, Mar 23  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
The guided tour that takes you to top was excellent. If you are lucky to be there when the organ is being played, you will be inspired.
Rating: 5
Wonderful!
Wed, Mar 16  10:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
I have to say this tour was one of the highlights of my recent visit to San Francisco. The tour guide was so entertaining and full of knowledge both of the cathedral and the history of San Francisco. I highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting the city.
Rating: 5
Was an amazing experience.
Wed, Mar 2  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
Charles was fantastic. He showed me more things in the Cathedral than I imagined I would see. These included many art works, stained glass, vestments and scepters, went high up into the cathedrals rafters and out to an amazing look out over the city. Also saw the amazing bells up close. I also met the organist and heard him play. Amazing experience!
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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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