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Tower Climb

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!

The Bell Tower Climb

The ultimate destination of this climb is the ringing chamber, 333 steps high in the Cathedral’s central tower. From here, visitors will find the best possible view of Washington, DC. The climb includes multiple views inside the Cathedral itself, up-close views of stained glass, and access to some of the Cathedral’s oldest stairs. This tour lasts 75 – 90 minutes.

The Angels and Monsters Tower Climb

This climb focuses on the Cathedral’s two western towers and includes a close-up look at many gargoyles and grotesques while visiting 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, and 360-degree views of the surrounding area (over 200 feet above the ground). This tour lasts 75 to 90 minutes.

Combination Tower Climb

Can’t decide? Combine the two experiences into one unforgettable tour. This tour lasts 2.5 hours.

Private Tours

If you’re interested in arranging a private tower climb for a small group (minimum: 5 people; maximum: 10 people), please submit an online request.

  • The Bell Tower Climb: $40 per person
  • The Angels and Monsters Tower Climb: $50 per person
  • Combination Tower Climb: $75 per person
75-90 minutes or 2.5 hours depending on tour option

    • Prepare for rigorous activity
    • Those with a fear of heights or enclosed spaces should not participate; stairs include both enclosed stone staircases and also open metal, spiral stairs.
    • Minimum height requirement: 48 inches (4 feet)
    • Not appropriate for young children; Infants cannot be carried on the tour.
    • Dress appropriately for the weather, as the weather conditions are more extreme than at ground level.
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  • Space limited to 10 people