The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: 8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland, OR 97220, United States, 97220
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-5032547371
  • Fax: +1-5032547948
  • Ticket Price: 6 USD
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Cave, Botanical Garden, Statue, Family And Kids, Specialty Shop, Community And Government, Religious, Churches

The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother - Review

The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother is a sacred shrine to the catholic community worldwide. However, anyone seeking peace and tranquility is welcome to the blessed place. The highlight of the grotto is a cave beautifully carved into a rock that is 110 feet tall. The grotto occupies 62 acres and is decorated with about 100 statues, beautiful reflection ponds, a chapel, a gift shop and a wide botanical garden.

The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother Information

  • There is mass held in the chapel at the grotto on all days of the week.
  • Visit the chapel during winter at the time of the Christmas lights.

The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother Ticket Prices

  • General Admission $6 (Ages 13-54)
  • Senior (55+) / Military $5
  • Youth (Ages 6-12) $3
  • Children under 6 are free.
  • The lower garden, Grotto, chapel, Visitor Center and Gift Shop are free to visit.
  • Only the visit to The Grotto’s Upper Level Garden requires admission.

The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother Hours

November 1 through the Day before Thanksgiving

  • Grounds: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Daily)
  • Gift Shop and Visitor Center: 9 a.m. -5 p.m. (Daily)
  • Office: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

Day after Thanksgiving through December 30

  • Grounds: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Daily)
  • Gift Shop and Visitor Center: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Daily)
  • Office: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

December 31 – January 31

  • Grounds: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Daily)
  • Gift Shop and Visitor Center: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Daily)
  • Office: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

From February 1 through Last Day of Standard Time (March 12)

  • Grounds: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Daily)
  • Gift Shop and Visitor Center: 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m. (Daily)
  • Office: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

First day of Daylight Savings Time through Day Before Mother’s Day

  • Grounds: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Daily)
  • Gift Shop and Visitor Center: 9 a.m. -6:30 p.m. (Daily)
  • Office: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

Mother’s Day through Labor Day

  • Grounds: 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Daily)
  • Gift Shop and Visitor Center: 9 a.m. -8:30 p.m. (Daily)
  • Office: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

Day after Labor Day through Day before Thanksgiving

  • Grounds: 9 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Gift Shop and Visitor Center: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Office: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

Grounds remain closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day following the celebration of 10 a.m. Mass.)

How To reach The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother by Public Transport

  • By Train: Parkrose/Sumner TC MAX Station
  • By Bus: NE Sandy & 87th
  • NE Sandy & 86th
  • NE Sandy & Grotto

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  • The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother Address: 8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland, OR 97220, United States, 97220
  • The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother Contact Number: +1-5032547371
  • The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother Timing: 09:00 am - 06:30 pm
  • The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother Price: 6 USD
  • Best time to visit The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother(preferred time): 09:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Time required to visit The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother: 01:00 Hrs
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The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother, Portland Reviews

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  • This is my absolute favourite spot in Portland. It's a gem, really and truly, in every way. Tucked away off the Sandy & 82nd intersection in NE, it's a lesser known paradise of the Portland area. At ground level, there is a gift shop, a chapel built into the side of a cliff and a quaint church for services. These services are free and open to all. For $6, you can take the elevator 100 feet up to the part of The Grotto that makes it truly special. At the top of this cliff, is a meditation room that clings in silent repose with a lovely view on a clear day. Aside from the meditation room, there is a sprawling garden and grounds that are lovingly tended to and home to thousands of different plants, trees and flowers. Set within this environment is an array of Christian art, much of it focused on the later life of Christ and his mother Mary (to whom The Grotto is dedicated). The lovely setting is perfect for meditating on your own existence, and your place within the grander scheme of existence. Most visitors respect the silent nature of this space, and refrain from speaking loudly or making telephone calls while atop The Grotto. Please respect the reflective nature of this place, if you visit. While it's a Catholic establishment, folks of any background can surely respect and admire the beauty of this dedication to Mother Mary and the earth which we inhabit. Dogs are not allowed in the upper gardens, so plan accordingly. During holidays, The Grotto hosts beautiful musical events that come with raving recommendations. Though please note that these events tend to be a bit expensive.

  • The Grotto in Portland, Oregon is a Catholic shrine dedicated to Mary, Our Sorrowful Mother. I have been here several times, and always enjoyed my visit. The Grotto is filled with many religious statuary in a natural, forest setting. When you visit The Grotto you have several options: you can visit at no cost and just walk the lower grounds, visit the gift shop, and attend mass, 12pm on weekdays. I attended the mass, and it was quite beautiful. It was wonderful to see so many nuns. In addition, you can pay $6.00 and visit the upper level, via an elevator. This contains beautiful gardens, walking trails, and much beautiful art to reflect upon. Also, there is a lovely observation room with a sweeping view of the area. I would allow at least 1 hour for the upper level. There is free parking, restrooms, and a gift shop. At Christmas time they have a beautiful Festival of Lights, which I highly recommend. My recommendation would be to visit during the week, as it is less crowded.

  • Worth a visit even if not religious. A beautiful sanctuary of trees, architecture, and iconography, including several forested trails, an awesome rock cliff with optional elevator lift to an even more scenic area above (small charge). The Grotto is always quiet and peaceful, nice for a short walk or some mediative you time. Enjoy! Best, ~S

  • I went to the Grotto because I saw it was a Catholic park. After following the Stations of the Cross (the path was full of cobwebs so I'm guessing not very many people walk in that part of the Grotto), I walked towards the outdoor chapel. Inside the visitor center, I asked about their mass schedule and the ladies inside graciously invited me to a mass later in the evening. I attended the most beautiful mass for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. If I lived in Portland, this is where I would attend church.

  • What a wonderful and peaceful day. Began with outdoor Mass, weather was lovely. Walked around in the shady downstairs portion which has a stations of the cross with places for reflection. The gift shop was tasteful and not overwhelming. Would like to return and visit the upstairs garden.

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