We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
Phone Number:
+1 831-624-1271
Website
Today
09:30 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 10:30 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Description:

Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in...

Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in the state and worth a visit for its serene aura. The mission includes a working church, gardens and interior exhibits.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 89.00*
and up
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 439 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 245
    Excellent
  • 95
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Beautiful and Historical

Beautiful Mission Church and museum full of interesting religious articles and history. Father Serra is entombed in front of main altar.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Al R
,
Atlanta, Georgia
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

439 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 367: English reviews
Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful Mission Church and museum full of interesting religious articles and history. Father Serra is entombed in front of main altar.

Helpful?
Thank Al R
Port Angeles
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful structure and plantings. We love having so many interesting destinations within walking distance of our motel.

Helpful?
Thank Roberta M
Bellaire, Texas, United States
Level Contributor
919 reviews
368 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a legendary place in Northern California, established by (now) Saint Junipero Serra and named after the Archbishop of Milan at the time. Junipero Serra was a Franciscan missionary and built over the years a number of missions in California. The Mission in Carmel was completed in 1770 and continued as a mission until the death of Junipero Serra... More 

Helpful?
Thank Gabriel H
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
61 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great way to spend a sunny afternoon. On Sundays, it's FREE (suggested donation). When we went, the gardens were in bloom and the colors were poppin ;) Start with the video overview to the left of the fountain. Nice artifacts and photos in that room as well. The cemetery was pretty cool and had a nod to the natives who... More 

Helpful?
Thank Semuteh
Carmel Valley, California
Level Contributor
24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This beautiful church has gone through a renovation and has come out sparkling! The landscaping is currently being revamped as well with everything California from flowers to agaves. Even if you are not religious, this property is worth the trip!

Helpful?
Thank Brandon W
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Beautiful restored California Spanish Mission, love the chapel and gardens. Peaceful place to sit and read, relax. Museum very educational, truly a hidden gem.

Helpful?
Thank Sammy1228
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This was a mission & has a museum & basilica. I think it dates back to mid 1700's & the interior reflects that. The Spanish art & architecture are lovely. Mass here was special! The priest & people were all welcoming & the music was lovely. It's not very far from the centre of town either, just on the edge... More 

Helpful?
Thank kels1948
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
554 reviews
214 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

At our mothers request, we visited the Mission to pray for her. Beautiful church that has undergone several restorations. Welcoming volunteers and a moving service. Be part of the history.

Helpful?
Thank Challenger01
Ensenada, Mexico
Level Contributor
270 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Nice place to visit to learn more of the early days of California! Very well kept! A must when in Carmel!

Helpful?
Thank anlof9
Fresno, California
Level Contributor
166 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We attended Sunday mass here and the church is beautiful. The grounds are so historic having been established in 1771.

Helpful?
Thank KB9MNN

Travellers who viewed San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission also viewed

Carmel, Monterey County
 
Carmel, Monterey County
Carmel, Monterey County
 

Been to San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
4 months ago
McCormick, South Carolina

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?