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 Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
+1 503-254-7371
Review Highlights

This is a wonderful place to visit. The garden is beautiful: everywhere silence and you can stay... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Claudio B
Biassono, Lombardia, Italy

A nice place to relax and get away. If you need a place to think, meditate, stroll and just be... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
via mobile
Read all 1,036 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of botanical gardens, offering a place of peace and quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues,reflection ponds, and views offer inspiration to all who visit.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
+1 503-254-7371
Write a Review
Reviews (1,036)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,018 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

This is a wonderful place to visit. The garden is beautiful: everywhere silence and you can stay for prayer or just walking through and see the peace the place is giving you. Strongly suggested.

Thank Claudio B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A nice place to relax and get away. If you need a place to think, meditate, stroll and just be away from it all, this place would be it. The grounds are well maintained. It's $6 to go up the elevator. There are bathrooms up...More

Thank Mighty2Mighty
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a wonderful place to visit whatever faith you have. The stations of the cross are always a favorite of mine. There are also several places you can sit quietly and think. I love this place!

Thank mrlabelman
Reviewed 1 week ago

The grounds are located high up on a mountain that is accessible by elevator. The area is serene and peaceful. It's a great place to disconnect

Thank Adel B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Feeling stressed out, Portland traffic have you in knots. Go to the Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, and spend time wandering among the flowers. Spend some time at the various prayer stations and let the feeling of the location take away your...More

Thank Dakotatex2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had been wanting to visit and finally did; it is an amazing and creative use of land. It is a devotion to the Blessed Mother but you need not be Catholic to appreciate this. If you are in Portland, do it!

Thank Srbellee
Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting Portland my wife and I stopped by the The Grotto to explore and immerse ourselves in the local culture and past of the faith community of Oregon. The Grotto tour provided a look into the past of the Catholic influence on the Portland...More

Thank devil30
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Grotto is beautiful, moving and a great place to relax, meditate and unwind. Take your time walking through the entire place. Did not visit the top park, it was $10. There is no charge to enter the lower level.

Thank cjsayman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The natural surroundings and quiet only lend to the prayerfulness, spirituality and beauty of The Grotto. It is such a welcoming and beautiful spot for anyone, religious or not, though especially enjoyed by this Catholic/Christian.

Thank beavs2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a truely amazing park. There are religious statues along the path. There is a store filled with religious relics, very well done. There are benches along the way where you can sit and meditate. It is a must see. It left an indelible...More

Thank rwashick
Nearby Restaurants
Elmer's Restaurant - Parkrose
361 reviews
1.17 km away
Cameo Cafe
87 reviews
.63 km away
Pho Dalat
37 reviews
1.28 km away
Ira's Deli
10 reviews
1.38 km away
Nearby Attractions
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
4,539 reviews
2.15 km away
Joseph Wood Hill Park
14 reviews
.82 km away
Portland Short Bus
8 reviews
2.14 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
3 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from RichardSTigard | Reviewed this property |
While dogs are not allowed on the upper level, they are allowed outdoors on the first level, both in the plaza and in the botanical garden. The Grotto holds special events throughout the year, including a Blessing of the... More
Linda M
18 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from ratish17 | Reviewed this property |
it's priceless to go on top and much more worth the $5 to be paid.
30 November 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from sbeguy | Reviewed this property |
check location of Motel 6 allows pets. Air BNB try that too.