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Combination Tower Climb (Sold Out)

× Thursday, August 15 2019 at 5:00 PM
Our Combination Tower Climb combines the Bell Tower and Angels and Monsters Tower Climbs into one unforgettable tour. This climb lasts about two and a half hours and costs $75 per person.

Sightseeing Admission

× Thursday, August 15 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Exploring the High Altar

× Thursday, August 15 2019 at 6 PM
Exploring the High Altar
An in-depth look at an aspect of the Cathedral rarely available to visitors - the High Altar. Learn about the history, artisanship, and iconography represented in one of the most detailed areas of the Cathedral. Make connections across time and history, such as that of the central figure of the High Altar and one of the storied Monuments Men.

About In-depth Tours
In-depth Tours tours offer a special, in-depth look at aspects of Cathedral artisanship for visitors aged 10 and older. Reservations are suggested as attendance is limited.

Cost: $22 per adult and $18 per child, senior, military, and student (includes Cathedral admission cost) Reservations are suggested as attendance is limited.

Cost: $22 per adult and $18 per child, senior, military, and student (includes Cathedral admission cost)

Behind the Scenes Tour

× Friday, August 16 2019 at 10:30 AM
Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

Behind the Scenes Tour

× Friday, August 16 2019 at 1:30 PM
Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

Sightseeing Admission

× Friday, August 16 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour

× Saturday, August 17 2019 at 1:00 PM
Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

Sightseeing Admission

× Saturday, August 17 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Sightseeing Admission

× Monday, August 19 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Humor & Whimsy at WNC

× Monday, August 19 2019 at 6:00 PM
Come and explore humor and whimsy at the Washington National Cathedral. Amid the majesty and grandeur of gothic architecture are examples of amusing architectural details, puns, lighthearted carvings, and stained glass cartoons.

Organ Tour (Sold Out)

× Monday, August 19 2019 at 6 PM
Organ Tour
Tour and treats! Step into the music with our brand-new behind-the-scenes Cathedral organ experience. Join our Cathedral Organist as he demonstrates the splendor of the Cathedral’s Great Organ, and takes you up stone staircases to see the organ pipes up close. With a max of 10 people, there’s no better way to get an insider experience and understand how the king of instruments got its name.

The Organ Tour lasts approximately 75-90 minutes and costs $65 per person. This Twilight Tour also comes with a $5 gift card and goody bag from Silver New American Brasserie!!! Please review the following information before purchasing tickets:

Prepare for rigorous activity.
Those with a fear of heights or enclosed spaces should not participate; stairs include enclosed stone staircases, open railings, and narrow ledges.
Minimum height requirement: 48 inches (4 feet)
Not appropriate for young children; Infants cannot be carried on the tour.
Those with severe allergies or asthma should be aware that passages will be dusty.

Sightseeing Admission

× Tuesday, August 20 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Behind the Scenes Tour

× Thursday, August 22 2019 at 6:00 PM
Presented as part of our Twilight Tours summer series, join us after-hours for our most popular in-depth tour! Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.Please note that this tour involves stairs, heights, and enclosed spaces. This tour is not suitable for children under 11.

Gargoyle Tour

× Thursday, August 22 2019 at 6:00 PM
Available May through September, this tour explores the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate Washington National Cathedral, and includes a slide show in the 7th floor auditorium followed by an outdoor tour. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour takes place rain or shine.

Sightseeing Admission

× Saturday, August 24 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Sightseeing Admission

× Monday, August 26 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

20th Century Gothic Architecture Tour

× Monday, August 26 2019 at 6:00 PM
What are the basic elements shared by any Gothic building? Why is Gothic so well suited to religious structures? Through the Cathedral’s soaring walls and exquisite carvings, visitors explore the Gothic style and its unique characteristics, purposes, and building methods.

Jewels in the Towers

× Monday, August 26 2019 at 6:00 PM
Walk the North and South West towers to enjoy the smaller “jewels” of the Cathedral. View the different designs of the windows in the towers, while decoding traditional and biblical imagery, abstract themes, and smaller windows with personal imagery. As you climb down, hear about the creative process which combines personal stories, the artistry of the designers, and the technical skill of the fabricators.

Sightseeing Admission

× Tuesday, August 27 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Sightseeing Admission

× Wednesday, August 28 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Sightseeing Admission

× Thursday, August 29 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Angels and Monsters Tower Climb (Sold Out)

× Thursday, August 29 2019 at 6:00 PM
Angels and Monsters
Climb the Cathedral’s two western towers and discover 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, and 360-degree views of the surrounding area (over 200 feet above the ground).The tour lasts 75 – 90 minutes and costs $50/person.

Cathedral of Thrones

× Thursday, August 29 2019 at 6:00 PM
Faith and renewal, swords and thrones, discover Washington National Cathedral as never before! Examine the themes of sacrifice, death, and resurrection that are also explored in George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series and the HBO show Game of Thrones.

Sightseeing Admission

× Friday, August 30 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Sightseeing Admission

× Saturday, August 31 2019
• Your admission includes a complimentary Highlights Tour (when available). Learn about the Cathedral’s history, architecture and mission with an experienced Cathedral docent.
• Want to explore the Cathedral at your own pace? Complimentary self-guided brochures are available at the Welcome Desk
Be sure to check our ticket information page HERE for opening and closing times on the day you plan to visit.

Going for Baroque

× Thursday, September 5 2019 at 7:30 PM
In “Going for Baroque,” the Diderot String Quartet and Avi Stein take us on an eclectic journey across Europe to highlight some of the extraordinary works from the golden age of classical music.

Gargoyle Tour

× Saturday, September 7 2019 at 2:00 PM
Available May through September, this tour explores the whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate Washington National Cathedral, and includes a slide show in the 7th floor auditorium followed by an outdoor tour. This tour often fills in advance, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.This tour takes place rain or shine.

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, September 17 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Wednesday, September 18 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, September 24 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Vivaldi Four Seasons

× Saturday, September 28 2019 at 5:00 PM
This evening’s program celebrates two of Vivaldi’s most famous works, “The Four Seasons” and “Gloria.” Berio’s “Corale” provides us an artistic counterpoint.

Tour and Tea (Limited Tickets Available)

× Tuesday, October 1 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Wednesday, October 2 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, October 8 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, October 9 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

The National Acolyte Festival 2019

× Saturday, October 12 2019 at 10:00 AM
Come one, come all! Join acolytes from across the United States for a festival Holy Eucharist with re-dedication of service. Bring your processional crosses, banners, torches, thuribles, flags, and streamers for a festive procession of acolytes, clergy, and vergers.

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, October 15 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Wednesday, October 16 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Nobel Prize Winners in the Cathedral Tour

Native American Inspirations

× Wednesday, October 16 2019 at 7:30 PM
Native American people were here long before Christopher Columbus, and they’ve had more influence on classical music than you might realize. For generations, the “Indianist” musical movement has mined Native American music and lore to fashion a musical signature for all Americans. Czech composer Antonin Dvorak, for one, drew inspiration from Native American musicians he encountered on his travels through the American heartland; Arthur Farwell undertook astounding explorations of Native American culture that paralleled Béla Bartók’s excavations of folk culture in Hungary. Experience it all in an evening presented by the PostClassical Ensemble, the Cathedral’s Ensemble-in-Residence.

Native American Chapel Concert

× Monday, October 21 2019 at 7:30 PM
Join the South Dakota Symphony’s visionary Lakota Music Project for a rare opportunity to hear one of the highest achievements of the “Indianist” movement in music. “The Hako,” a 1923 string quartet by Arthur Farwell, is based on a Pawnee ceremony symbolizing peace and tranquility. The late David McAllester, a central scholar of Native American music, acclaimed this work for a “breadth and exaltation” that was profoundly inspired by “cosmic” indigenous music and ritual. Presented by the PostClassical Ensemble, the Cathedral’s Ensemble-in-Residence.

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Wednesday, October 23 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea (Sold Out)

× Tuesday, October 29 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, October 30 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Gothic Architecture Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, November 5 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, November 6 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, November 12 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, November 13 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, November 19 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Wednesday, November 20 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

Tour and Tea

× Tuesday, December 3 2019 at 1:30 PM
Enjoy an in-depth Cathedral tour followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches, scones, and a scenic view of Washington.

Includes Cathedral Highlights Tour

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