Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, the Gothic-style Grace Cathedral is best known for its stained-glass windows that depict modern figures such as Thurgood Marshall, Robert Frost, and Albert Einstein. The church’s commitment to social issues is showcased in its AIDS Memorial Chapel, which houses a bronze altarpiece by activist Keith Haring.
Some San Francisco city tours stop at Grace Cathedral. Wander the Episcopal church on your own—including a walk through the indoor or outdoor labyrinth for inner peace, prayer, and solstice—or download the app for a self-guided tour. On select days, there is a 90-minute paid tour to visit parts of the church that are not accessible to the general public. Services are offered throughout the week, and a yoga class on the indoor labyrinth is offered on Tuesday evenings.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The cathedral is free to enter.
- While the cathedral itself is not open 24 hours, visitors are welcome to walk the outdoor labyrinth at any time of day.
- This remains a functioning, religious site, so remember to be respectful when visiting.
- Grace Cathedral is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
Grace Cathedral is best accessed via public transportation. The California Street Cable Car stops in front of the church, the Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines are two blocks away, and MUNI buses 1 and 27 stop in the vicinity. If arriving by car, there’s a paid parking garage at the cathedral or across the street at the Masonic Center. Daytime street parking is metered and limited to two hours.
When to Get There
Grace Cathedral is open from 8am to 6pm most days, and there isn’t a bad time to visit. If you want to see the cathedral in action, plan to attend a service. Various events are offered throughout the year, so check the calendar in advance.
Other Attractions Near Grace Cathedral
Grace Cathedral presides over the centrally located neighborhood of Nob Hill, also home to the historical Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels. San Francisco’s iconic cable cars traverse the neighborhood, making it easily accessible from Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. The Cable Car Museum, Chinatown, and the Financial District are all within walking distance.