Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala, San Diego

Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala, San Diego - Address, Phone Number

Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108, United States

Phone: +1-6192837319

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

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About Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala, San Diego

This Franciscan Mission, founded in 1754, is said to have been the first in California. It is also said to be the site of the first burial in San Diego. The Church youl see here today is the 3rd church on the site. The Pope has designated the church as a minor basilica. Check out the baptismal font. Fourth graders from all around the state frequently visit the church as part of their history course. It is a pretty, white and serene building.

Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala Information

  • Tours are limited and must be reserved online.

Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala Ticket Prices

  • Donation suggested: USD 2 per person.

Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala Opening and Closing Hours

Parish Office:

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm.
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Visitor Center and Gift Shop:

  • Everyday: 9:00am - 4:30pm.


  • Saturday(Sunday Vigil): 5:30pm
  • Sunday: 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am (in St. Francis Chapel), 10:00am (4th Sunday American Sign Language interpreted), 11:00am, 11:00am (Spanish in St. Francis Chapel), 12:00pm, 5:30pm
  • Weekdays: 7:00am and 5:30pm

Guided Tours:

  • Everyday: Monday-Friday at 9:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm.

How To reach Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala by Public Transport

  • Bus 14 stop Rancho Mission Rd & San Diego Mission Rd.
  • Bus 13 stop Mission Gorge Rd & Fairmount Av.

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Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala, San Diego Reviews - Write a Review

  • Wonderful place to visit. Very peaceful and relaxing. The museum had great artifacts and was well catalogued. It's a self tour so your not rushed however no staff on site for questions.

  • A very historical and educational mission. Beautifully kept grounds. Lots of small buildings with pictures from the original times of it being built. Tours and a nice size gift shop. Wonderful architecture.

  • California's first mission church, San Diego de Alcala was the beginning of mission building up the El Camino Real, culminating at Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma. On our way to Barona Casino & Resort for the weekend, we stopped by the mission to delve into history from long ago. The old chapel is on display, to see how worshippers prayed & attended service. The newer church holds more parishioners and is in the traditional columnar shape. On the left of the chapel, a courtyard garden offers the opportunity for reflection amongst greenery, robust statues & bubbling fountains. Ongoing excavations on the premises reveal the framework of old buildings, and dwellings of the Kumeyaay native americans give visitor's a peek to their living conditions. Parking is available in the front, with a larger parking lot in the rear. I believe there is a suggest donation of $5, but when we went, the grounds were empty, save for a few people, and we weren't aware of any admission fee. I always enjoy exploring historical sites, and Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala was no exception. Having been to the larger & more well kept Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Diego de Alcala was a tad underwhelming. However, being the original of the mission churches, it's historical significance is unquestionable. There is controversy on Father Junipero Serra & the missions, in regards to their benefit or lack thereof to the native americans, but Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala is still part of our state's rich history, and worthy of seeing up close. Recommend!

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  • This is one of the best missions. They staff was very friendly and informative. Will come again

  • It reminds me of the churches I got to visit when we went to Israel. I love churches that go back in history.. This one is beautiful.

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