The Cathedral will be closed Friday, Jan. 20 and until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, for the Inaugural Prayer Service.

Tower Climb

All Year Long

Climb to the dizzying heights of the Cathedral for the best views of Washington and up-close encounters with massive bells and gregarious gargoyles. Options include 333 steps up the Central Tower, intimate views of gargoyles—or both!

Close Up

All Year Long

See the Cathedral like you’ve never seen it before with a special, in-depth look at aspects of Cathedral artisanship. Tours are dedicated to specialized topics of stone, glass, ironwork, wooden carvings and other artistry.

Audio Tour

All Year Long

Join the voices and music of artists, clergy, choirs and instruments for a personal, guided tour of the Cathedral. The audio tour brings to life Martin Luther King’s last Sunday sermon and the creation of the Cathedral’s stained glass.

Tour & Tea

All Year Long

Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones and a scenic view of Washington from the seventh floor Pilgrim Observation Gallery. Co-sponsored by the Cathedral and the All Hallows Guild.

Special Photography Access

All Year Long

Capture the grandeur and splendor of the world’s sixth-largest cathedral, or discover intimate, dimly lit corners that showcase spectacular gothic architecture. Most sessions focus on the main level of the Cathedral, but some will provide additional access to areas not always available. The Cathedral opens to the public at 10 am on these days, and you’re welcomed to remain for the rest of the day!

Behind the Scenes

In Season

Discover hidden stories on a behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the Cathedral’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows and magnificent views.


In Season

Explore the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate Washington National Cathedral. The tour starts with a visual overview of the Cathedral’s 200+ gargoyles and grotesques, followed by a walking highlights tour. Offered May through September.

Spiritual Reflections

All Year Long

Discover inspiring stories of faith and devotion highlighted in glass and stone, and be nourished on your own spiritual journey. No matter your religious tradition or background, enjoy this unique combination of story, silence, poetry, prayer and reflection.

Garden Tour

All Year Long

The 59-acre Cathedral Close was planned by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., modeled on the walled grounds of medieval cathedrals. Tours are led by docents from All Hallows Guild, and gardens open dawn to dusk.

AHG Bird/Woods Walk

Out of Season

Walkers will meet at the George Washington Statue on Pilgrim Road. The woods and gardens are open, and you are most welcome to enjoy and explore the woods and gardens on your own. Literature about the woods is available in the post box along the path (near the George Washington statue) and in a centrally located post box in the Bishop's Garden. Upcoming dates: May 12 & May 19, 8:30 am

Service & Sacrifice Tour

All Year Long

Trace the ways the Cathedral honors America’s servicemen and women in stone, stained glass and needlework. The tour also chronicles significant events in our nation’s history and members of the military who were instrumental in building the Cathedral.


All Year Long

Explore the must-see details of the Cathedral’s dramatic art and architecture with a guided tour tailored for first-time visitors.


All Year Long

The Cathedral is open for your exploration and enjoyment as you encounter quiet spaces and grand vistas to stir your soul. You are welcome to visit during regular hours to encounter some of the Cathedral’s most beloved features.

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