COVID-19 UPDATE: The Cathedral is CLOSED for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As staff are planning for reopening, we are still accepting reservation requests for private tours in the possibility of being open. We aim to notify requestors in advance if the following month will be open or remain closed (ex. October requests will be notified at the end of August). PLEASE NOTE: Due to reduced staffing and staff working remotely, tour email and voice mail is not being monitored. Thank you for your patience as Cathedral staff will contact you with necessary updates.
Private Tower Climb Requests
Please note: A tower climb is a 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. The minimum height requirement is 48 inches (4 feet) and is not appropriate for young children. Infants cannot be carried on the tour. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as the weather conditions are more extreme than at ground level.
Minimum: 5 people; maximum: 10 people.
Smaller groups may be permitted as long as the minimum number of tickets are purchased; larger groups may be accommodated if additional staffing can be provided.
Note that September 2018 is full for private tower climb requests. Please select a date after September if you're interested in requesting a private tower climb of the National Cathedral
Climb to the dizzying heights of Washington National Cathedral with various tower climb options:
Option #1: 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. The tour lasts 75 – 90 minutes and costs $40/person.
Option #2: 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, 360-degree views of the surrounding area (over 200 feet above the ground), and hundreds of angels carved in stone. The tour lasts 75 – 90 minutes and costs $50/person.
Option #3: Combination Tower Climb
Can’t decide? Combine the two experiences into one unforgettable tour. This option lasts about 2.5 hours and costs $75/person.
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