Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW (at Massachusetts Ave NW), Washington, D.C. 20016
Hours:
Closed until 10:00am (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

Washington National Cathedral, standing at DC's highest point, welcomes people of all faiths and perspectives. It features stained glass windows, Gothic architecture, tours, worship services, exhibits, lectures, and musical events.

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  • "... for details of the gargoyle tours. Yes there are plenty of traditional..." (2 tips)
  • "The Darth Vader gargoyle is on the NW tower, east face,..." (4 tips)
  • "The Moon Rock was a great surprise, I have heard it is..." (3 tips)
  • NASA

    Did you know that one of the windows contains a moon rock? There is a tiny piece of the moon embedded in the 'Space Window,' delivered there personally by the astronauts who brought it back. Read more

    NASA · September 12, 2012
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  • C-SPAN

    It took 83 years to construct the National Cathedral (began in 1907). It has 231 stained glass windows, 112 gargoyles & a Darth Vader sculpture in the west tower. Watch this video for more history. Read more

    C-SPAN · February 14, 2011
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  • Jen B.

    The 7th floor observatory has great views of DC, MD and VA on a clear day.

    Jen B. · June 23, 2010
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  • Nicolle

    Visit on a sunny day and be awed by the many huge stained glass windows!

    Nicolle · January 27, 2010
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  • Sean H.

    Great view from the observation deck.

    Sean H. · November 20, 2010
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  • jenn k.

    Go to the Observation Deck and try to find where you live from way up high.

    jenn k. · January 19, 2010
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  • AIA National

    Architect George Frederick Bodley designed this Gothic Revival building. It was voted one of America's top 150 architecture projects in a poll conducted by AIA National. Read more

    AIA National · March 5, 2011
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  • Presidential Libraries

    Mourners gathered here to pay tribute to President Reagan at a state funeral on June 11, 2004

    Presidential Libraries · January 24, 2011
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  • Nick P.

    The Darth Vader gargoyle is on the NW tower, east face, near the top, between the arches. Bring binoculars or a camera with good zoom.

    Nick P. · October 10, 2010
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  • Dora

    Families can take self-guided tours and gargoyle treasure hunts with free brochure guides picked up at the information desk at arrival. Powered by ParentsConnect.com

    Dora · July 21, 2010
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  • J.D. W.

    Took the "Behind the Scenes" tour. $10.

    J.D. W. · October 6, 2009
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    There are schedules for services & it’s important to check the touring conflict schedule on the website b/c events & services often cause cancellations. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · June 27, 2013
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  • Kevin M.

    This is the 6th largest cathedral in the world! Must see when you visit DC!

    Kevin M. · April 25, 2012
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  • Andy

    Walk around the church and into the gardens. really pretty at sunset

    Andy · September 7, 2010
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  • Kristen L.

    Leave a couple bucks in the donation bin. The Cathedral has a long way to go in repairs from the earthquake.

    Kristen L. · August 24, 2012
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  • Isaac P.

    Breathtakingly beautiful grounds are often overshadowed by the Cathedral itself. Take time to walk around the outside too!

    Isaac P. · August 6, 2011
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  • The Ritz-Carlton

    The cathedral offers spectacular views from its towers, but check for details of the gargoyle tours. Yes there are plenty of traditional monsters but look out for a stone-carved Star Wars villain.

    The Ritz-Carlton · July 14, 2011
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  • Chie @.

    lovely architecture

    Chie @. · April 16, 2011
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  • Warren L.

    Absolutely beautiful. A must visit while in DC.

    Warren L. · November 22, 2010
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  • Lj

    President Woodrow Wilson is the only American president buried here.

    Lj · November 4, 2010
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  • Janet M.

    The Flower Show is this wknd. One of my favorite events of the yr.

    Janet M. · May 7, 2010
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  • Sam Y.

    Don't forget to takea look at the cathedral's concert programs! They are great!!

    Sam Y. · February 14, 2010
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  • PreservationNation

    In 1893, a Congressional charter, signed by President Benjamin Harrison, - granted to the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation of the District of Columbia - established the cathedral.

    PreservationNation · April 22, 2012
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  • The Isaacs Team C.

    Gargoyles and Grotesques Tour at the National Cathedral

    The Isaacs Team C. · February 1, 2012
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  • Ryan U.

    Pray.

    Ryan U. · January 22, 2011
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  • Rebecca P.

    The Moon Rock was a great surprise, I have heard it is worth more than Gold.

    Rebecca P. · September 28, 2012
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  • Presidential Libraries

    2,107 people were admitted by ticket to the funeral services of Dwight Eisenhower held here on March 31, 1969.

    Presidential Libraries · November 3, 2011
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  • Sunny

    Find the courtyard with the fountain and benches for a refreshing and cool stop.

    Sunny · June 25, 2011
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  • Annie

    If you're a student visiting, remember to bing your student ID for a discounted admission. Be sure to take advantage of the highlight tour (free with admission, offered every 30 minutes)

    Annie · March 15
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  • Karin M.

    The gargoyle tour is awesome. Set aside lots of time for this awesome place - I easily could have spent all day learning all the fun history, listening to the organ and choir, and discovering secrets.

    Karin M. · September 16, 2013
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  • Kathy W.

    Whoa!!! There's a $10 admission fee. Yikes!!!

    Kathy W. · March 19, 2013
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  • Holly M.

    Awesome tour

    Holly M. · February 16, 2013
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  • Marcos C.

    Amazing....12h30 every day

    Marcos C. · December 31, 2012
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  • Victor G.

    Been there but missed the moon rock in the stained glass window. Such is life.

    Victor G. · October 5, 2012
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  • Charlie E.

    Darth Vader is hiding high up on the outside wall.

    Charlie E. · August 30, 2012
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  • Amber D.

    The Highlight tour is wonderful, informative and covers a lot of the cathedral

    Amber D. · August 20, 2012
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  • Rhina G.

    best time to go is as the sun sets.

    Rhina G. · July 31, 2012
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  • ǝuɐɥs .

    The tour was great. Artwork is amazing. But our guide was very rude

    ǝuɐɥs 🚀. · June 20, 2012
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  • lorraine d.

    Wonderful venue for awards!

    lorraine d. · May 17, 2012
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  • Summer H.

    "peaceful and breaktaking"- Angel, MSB'13

    Summer H. · May 16, 2012
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  • John T.

    At night, you can park right next to the building and explore the grounds with no one hassling you or looking over your shoulder.

    John T. · May 15, 2012
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  • MsTwixt M.

    Girls will love hunting for the Girl Scout trefoil in the Cathedral, and all kids look for the Darth Vader grotesque on the exterior (ask a docent for help). Tower Climbs are back as of May 2012

    MsTwixt M. · May 2, 2012
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  • Tonianne

    The Bishop's Garden, my favorite spot in DC. Nestled away from maddening crowds & behind a mossy door is an ideal spot for meditation, esp after a rainfall when its abundant flowers smell glorious.

    Tonianne · September 9, 2011
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  • Tonianne

    The Bishop's Garden, my favorite spot in DC. Nestled away from maddening crowds & behind a mossy door is an ideal spot for meditation, esp after a rainfall when its abundant flowers smell glorious.

    Tonianne · September 9, 2011
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  • Jade R.

    Great view from the garden. Great place to relax and enjoy the weather during a cooler summer day.

    Jade R. · August 22, 2011
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  • Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce

    We love The Gift Shop in the Herb Cottage!

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  • Richard L.

    Beautiful church on a GRAND scale. Read more

    Richard L. · July 12, 2011
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  • Timothy R.

    Bishop's Garden is the most serene place in DC. Read more

    Timothy R. · July 4, 2011
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  • Boxfire Press

    This cathedral welcomes people of faiths and perspectives, even Darth Vader. See if you can find him in the west tower. Watch this video for some more details. Read more

    Boxfire Press · June 15, 2011
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  • NYIP

    Check out the mosaics in the Resurrection Chapel and be sure to use a tripod and a long exposure to capture their iridescent beauty.

    NYIP · June 8, 2011
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