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Specialty Tours

Gargoyle Tour

In Season

Raccoons, rattlesnakes, ghouls and ... what is that thing, anyway? Explore the 200+ whimsical and fearsome gargoyles and grotesques that adorn the exterior of Washington National Cathedral.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour

All Year Long

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.

Audio Tour

All Year Long

Join the voices and music of artists, clergy, choirs and instruments for a personal, guided tour of the Cathedral. The audio tour brings to life Martin Luther King’s last Sunday sermon and the creation of the Cathedral’s stained glass. Tour available in English and Spanish.

In-Depth Tour

All Year Long

See the Cathedral like you’ve never seen it before with a special, in-depth look at aspects of Cathedral artisanship. Tours are dedicated to specialized topics of stone, glass, ironwork, wooden carvings and other artistry.

Tower Climb

All Year Long

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!

Tour & Tea

All Year Long

Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones and a scenic view of Washington from the seventh floor Pilgrim Observation Gallery. Co-sponsored by the Cathedral and the All Hallows Guild.

Special Photography Access

All Year Long

Capture the grandeur and splendor of the world’s sixth-largest cathedral, or discover intimate, dimly lit corners that showcase spectacular gothic architecture.

General Sightseeing Tours