Escape the heat this summer with our exclusive after-hours tour series. Climb to the heavens, marvel at our hidden treasures, see stained glass up close and more.

Twilight tours are offered on Monday and Thursday evenings from June 10 through August 29. Availability, start times, and ticket prices for tours vary. For further details, click through to ticketing pages.


Climb to the Heavens

Ascend 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! Space is very limited for tower climbs and those with a fear of heights or enclosed spaces should not participate. Minimum height requirement: 48 inches.

Bell Tower Climb
Angels & Monsters Tower Climb
Combination Tower Climb

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Get Exclusive Access

Venture to places no ordinary tour goes at the Cathedral, with a Behind the Scenes Tour or an Organ Tour.

Behind the Scenes Tour

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.

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NEW: Organ Tour

Join our Cathedral Organist as he demonstrates the splendor of the Cathedral’s Great Organ, and takes you up stone staircases to see the organ pipes up close. With a max of 10 people, there’s no better way to get an insider experience and understand how the king of instruments got its name.

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Go In-Depth and Up-Close

Take a deep dive into the endless art and artistry found throughout the Cathedral. Tours are dedicated to specialized topics of stone, glass, ironwork, wooden carvings and other artistry. Find your topic and go in-depth!

Earthquake Repair & Restoration

20th Century American Gothic Architecture

Service & Sacrifice

Forged in Fire: Cathedral Ironwork

Jewels of Light: An Intro to Stained Glass

Humor & Whimsy

Exploring the High Altar

Jewels in the Towers: Stained Glass of the Stairwells

Cathedral of Thrones

Symbolism and Artistry

African American Highlights

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all twilight tours

See the entire offering of special-hours twilight tours.

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Extend the Fun

Make a meal of your Cathedral evening! Select Twilight Tour ticket purchases include a goodie bag with discounts to nearby Silver Brasserie. Plus, mention your Twilight Tour and Silver will donate 10% of your bill back to the Cathedral.

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