See Cathedral Favorite Features

Explore some of the most beloved Cathedral features with an expert guide or at your own pace! Tour the main level where you can see the world-famous Space Window, Canterbury Pulpit, and more, plus lower level chapels and exhibits when available. The Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people; there is never a charge for worship services or private prayer.
Close-up of visitor taking photo of stained glass windows during sightseeing tour

Self-Guided Sightseeing

Explore the most beloved Cathedral features at your own pace during our posted sightseeing hours. Your ticket includes a self-guided app and brochure, plus access to: exhibits, main and lower levels, and Tower Observation Gallery when available.

Guided Spotlights Tour

Upgrade your sightseeing experience! Your admission includes an hour-long tour with an expert guide and features the stories behind must-see Cathedral favorites on the main and lower levels such as the Space Window, the Canterbury Pulpit, and more.

Group Tours

Every year, the Cathedral is privileged to welcome groups from around the world to visit. Groups of 20+ must have an advance reservation. Learn more about types of reservations, rates, and schedule.

Themed Tours & Tower Climbs

Climb higher and dive deeper with our complete range of themed tours. Tower Climbs, Behind-the-Scenes, and Thematic Tours showcase hidden details for unforgettable experiences. Tours are scheduled according to docent availability.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories as you journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close. Step out secret doors to witness magnificent views from the heights. Please note age, height, and other conditions before purchasing.
Ironwork and cast shadows in the Cathedral

Thematic Tours

Go in-depth on Cathedral art and architecture with a tour led by an expert guide. These small-group tours focus on thematic topics or specific areas of the Cathedral, including voices of history, sacred art and architectural topics.
Visitor looking at Cathedral towers during tower climb tour

Tower Climbs

These adventurous climbs take you through hidden stairwells, past stunning stained glass and charming gargoyles, and end with panoramic vistas from the highest geographical point in DC. Three options offered. Please note age, height, and other conditions before purchasing.


Upcoming Sightseeing Hours

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