Frequently Asked Questions


Is the Cathedral open for visitors?

No, the Cathedral is currently closed to visitors – for both touring and worshipping — because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When will the Cathedral reopen for touring?

We do not know, and we will follow the guidance of city leaders, health officials and the bishop of the Diocese of Washington. Any updates will be posted to cathedral.org and our Facebook page.

When will the Cathedral reopen for worship?

We do not know, and we will follow the guidance of city leaders, health officials and the bishop of the Diocese of Washington. For now, we invite you to worship with us online every Sunday at 11:15am eastern time for an online Eucharist at cathedral.org, our Facebook page or our YouTube channel. You can also find daily services of prayer and meditation on our worship page.

Are you taking reservations for future visits?

Not at this time. When we’re able to reopen the building, we will post updates for both private and group tours.

If I can't come in person, are there ways to tour the Cathedral virtually?

Yes, browse some of our popular spots on the interior and exterior and check out themed galleries that explore Cathedral art and architecture on everything from music to animals to civil rights.

May I visit the Cathedral gardens and grounds?

Yes, the gardens and grounds are open from dawn to dusk every day. We ask that you remember three things: 1) Wear a mask and practice social distancing. 2) Dispose of any trash. 3) Leash your dogs and pets.

My kids would love to visit. What's available for kids?

We can’t wait to welcome your kids back to the Cathedral. In the meantime, you can download coloring pages of Cathedral artwork and gargoyles, and you can buy online bricks to our LEGO Cathedral. We’ll send you photos of the LEGO Cathedral that you helped build!

Is the Cathedral gift shop open?

Not at this time. The gift shop will remain closed while the building is closed, and unfortunately cannot process online orders.

Is the Cathedral Café open?

Not at this time. Please visit Open City at the National Cathedral’s website for status information.