Carillon & Peal Bells

The Cathedral’s central tower is the only place in North America to house both peal and carillon bells, which were cast in England in the 1960s and installed in 1963. Learn more about the carillon and peal bells »

Carillon Recitals


Saturdays 12:30 pm

Carillon recitals are played on Saturdays, with the exception of Holy Saturday before Easter, and feature Cathedral Carillonneur Edward M. Nassor. The carillon is best heard from the Bishop’s Garden.

Peal Bell Recitals & Rehearsals

Peal Bells

Sundays 12:30 pm
Tuesdays 7 pm

The Cathedral’s peal bells are rung by bands from the National Cathedral School for Girls and the Washington Ringing Society. The Washington Ringing Society performs the art of change ringing on the Central Tower peal bells every Sunday after the 11 am service (approximately 12:30 pm) and rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. The peal bells are best heard from the Bishop’s Garden.

Parking at the Cathedral

Parking in the Cathedral’s underground garage is free on Sundays for services and organ recitals; parking for concerts and programs is available for an event-parking fee. Learn more about parking options for individuals and groups.