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.

    Group Size

    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.

    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.