Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016
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× Our Combination Tower Climb combines the Classic and Gargoyle Tower Climbs into one unforgettable tour:

The Classic 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 Gargoyle 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, and 360-degree views of the surrounding area (over 200 feet above the ground).

The Combination Tower Climb lasts about two and a half hours and costs $75 per person. 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 both enclosed stone staircases and also open metal, spiral stairs.
Minimum height requirement: 48 inches (4 feet)
Not appropriate for young children; Infants cannot be carried on the tour.
Dress appropriately for the weather, as the weather conditions are more extreme than at ground level.
Tickets are non-transferable; ID may be checked to verify ticket ownership. Please contact the box office at (202) 537-2228 or if you have any questions or would like to make a change to your ticket order.

If you’re interested in arranging a private tower climb for a small group (minimum: 5 people; maximum: 10 people), please submit an online request by clicking here.

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