The tall spirals of the ornate Salt Lake Temple are a landmark in Temple Square. This gathering place is of great importance to Mormons and fascinating for all visitors interested in history and architecture. The 35 acres (14 hectares) includes some historical and sacred Mormon buildings. Explore the neo-Gothic temple, the domed Tabernacle, and the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Stroll among gardens and flowerbeds in summer.
The land on which Temple Square sits has been an integral part of the Mormon faith since 1847, when Mormon pioneers from Illinois arrived in Utah under the leadership of Brigham Young. The church president instantly picked this place to become the religion’s sacred center in Utah. Young’s gravesite is in the Mormon Pioneer Memorial, and a commemorative statue overlooks the square. His mansion, the Beehive House, is now a museum.
Visit the Temple, the centerpiece of the square. Go next door to the North Visitors’ Center to learn more about Mormon culture. The domed center was once a temporary annex to the temple. Volunteers point tourists in the direction of key attractions. The South Visitors’ Center focuses on family relations, which is an integral part of the Mormon religion.
The fascinating Church History Museum showcases Mormon artifacts and artwork. During summer, join a free tour of the colorful gardens with reflecting pool on the Main Street Plaza. The soaring Church Office Building, the LDS headquarters, offers superb views from its observation deck. At the end of the day, enjoy dinner inside the impressive Joseph Smith Memorial Building. You can also listen to a moving performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the domed Tabernacle building or in the Conference Center.
Temple Square is open daily. Check the LDS website for visitor center opening hours. Most sites are closed on Sundays. Parking in the city center can be expensive and difficult to find, but there are numerous public transport options.
Convenient to shopping and cultural attractions, this centrally located Salt Lake City hotel is 1 mile from Temple Square, 3 miles from the University of Utah, and 7.5 miles from the Salt Lake City airport.
Located across from the Salt Palace Convention Center, this hotel is within walking distance of the Family History Library and Temple Square.
Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eagle Gate College, Temple Square, and Salt Lake Temple. Tabernacle and Clark Planetarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).
This newly renovated chic downtown Salt Lake City hotel is in a historic building, across from the 1913 Capitol Theatre, and a half-block from Salt Palace Convention Center. The Mormon Temple and Energy Solutions Arena are nearby.
This downtown Salt Lake City hotel is adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center, across from the Energy Solutions Arena, and within 2 blocks of Temple Square, The Gateway open-air shopping center and City Creek Center.
Across from the Salt Palace Convention Center, the Salt Lake Marriott offers a premiere downtown city location within 2 blocks of Temple Square, Abravanel Concert Hall, and EnergySolutions Arena.
The hotel is right beside Gateway Mall, which is packed with dining and shopping options. EnergySolutions Arena is just around the corner, and it's a 3-minute cab ride to see Latter Day Saints landmarks at Temple Square. North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe Light Railway Station is a 3-minute walk.