Tower Climb: Angels & Monsters
Experience Washington DC like never before with a Cathedral Tower Climb, where you’ll experience panoramic vistas from the highest geographical point in the nation’s capital.
Climb the Cathedral’s two western towers! Enjoy an unprecedented close-up look at many gargoyles and grotesques while navigating the open-air walkway wrapping around these two towers—about 125 feet above the ground. The climb ends on the very top of the northwest tower, which provides the best views of the Cathedral itself, as well as 360-degree views of the surrounding area—over 200 feet above the ground!
Duration: 75–90 minutes.
Please review the following information before purchasing tickets.
- Prepare for rigorous activity. By purchasing tickets, you acknowledge you and anyone else in your party can physically handle the Tower Climb
- Not for those with a fear of heights or enclosed spaces, or for those with limited mobility – stairs include both enclosed stone staircases and also open metal, spiral stairs
- All participants must be at least 11 years old; minimum height requirement: 48 inches (4 feet)
- Dress appropriately for the weather, as conditions are more extreme than at ground level
- Tower Climbs are scheduled according to docent availability; not all options may be available at a given time
About Tower Climbs
These adventurous climbs take you through hidden stairwells, past stunning stained glass and charming gargoyles, for a unique experience that will take your breath away. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences showcase the beauty of the Cathedral and the city we call home.
Check upcoming availability of all Tower Climbs here.
- As a living and active community of faith, the Cathedral’s schedule and ability to welcome visitors is subject to unexpected changes. If a conflict arises and we cannot be open for touring at the date/time you have purchased, we will contact you by email and your credit card will be refunded.
- By purchasing admission in advance, you acknowledge that our schedule is subject to change.
- If you purchase tickets in any of the available discount categories, you will be asked to provide appropriate identification for discount eligibility upon arrival.