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.)
71 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Interesting and Informative
Wed, Mar 25  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Local Individual
 
I have been in Grace Cathedral many times, but had never 'explored' it. The tour covered several areas that would not ordinarily be accessible to the public and we spent time getting to know some of the art pieces and their history, which was quite interesting.
Rating: 5
Beautiful historic cathedral
Wed, Mar 25  10:00 AM Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
 
We went on the tour on March 25th. The weather was perfect (warm with slight breeze), we got to see a dragonfly (our tour guide mentioned it's rare to see them in those parts), the cathedral was beautiful, and our guide shared wonderful insight about the cathedral and the history of the surrounding area. I enjoyed the stained glass windows and how they cast colors onto the walls and floors. As they suggest, wear comfortable shoes -- the tour was a little under 2 hours, and there's a part where we climbed up 5 flights of stairs to go to the tower. At the end, our guide gave him his contact info in case we think of questions later, which I thought was very generous. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone interested in history, beautiful buildings and artifacts, and walking!
Rating: 5
Entertaining and informative review
Fri, Mar 13  10:00 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
Charles led the tour and he was friendly, warm and engaging. He was clearly enthusiastic about the building and I felt that this came across. There was information about the architecture, the history, behind the scenes and the tour gave details of what to look at which I would never have noted. The tour ran for around 100 minutes but it went quickly and I would definitely positively recommend it to others.
Rating: 5
Wonderful tour
Sat, Feb 28  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
 
Charles gave us a most thorough and informational tour of the cathedral. He answered all our questions and shared his years of experience with us. We all enjoyed ourselves!
 
Rating: 5
Fantastic tour. Knowledgeable, polite, in depth
Thu, Feb 19  10:00 AM Male Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Our tour guide was amazing he knew all the details of Grace Cathedral and was more than ready to impart his wisdom on to us. He took his time answer questions and left us with the knowledge of thirst to come back to learn more.
Rating: 5
This was a wonderful and informative experience.
Wed, Feb 11  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We were shown parts of the Cathedral we didn't know existed and had things explained in wonderful detail. I would love to go back, Our guide was so welcoming and so pleased to show us everything.
Rating: 5
Highly recommended - informative and enjoyable
Fri, Feb 6  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Individual
 
A very good in-depth tour of the cathedral. They do have volunteer docents that will give you a free tour. However, this tour is much more comprehensive and takes you to places that the free volunteer tour cannot access.
Rating: 5
Loved the amazing art treasures
Fri, Feb 6  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
 
A very extensive tour led by a knowledgeable staff member. Everything in the cathedral is a treasure - the windows, the art, the organ, the vestments, and the building itself. Highly recommended!
Rating: 2
Expensive for what you get
Thu, Feb 5  10:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
I enthusiastically recommend the venue. It is beautiful and contains some wonderful artwork. Everyone was very welcoming and gracious. As an atheist I'm often uncomfortable in religious settings but no one was pushy or preachy at all. We saw a couple areas that are normally off limits to the public, and learned about the history of the church and the city. According to their website there is a docent tour offered MWF based on volunteer availability. If I go again, I will do that and make a reasonable donation instead of taking the "Grand" tour - $25/person is pretty steep!
Rating: 5
Spectacular Tour
Wed, Jan 14  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Individual
 
The tour of Grace Cathedral was fantastic. The tour guide made us feel like we were on a VIP behind-the-scenes tour. He allowed lots of time for questions and let our interests drive the tour. Making reservations and getting tickets through Zerve, however, left much to be desired. Zerve did not require that I open an account to order tickets, but required that I "sign in" to print out my tickets. When I tried to open an account, I still couldn't get a print-out of my tickets. It was kind of a headache for a simple ticket purchase procedure.
 
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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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