Group Visits

Please click on the section headings or individual questions to be taken to the answers.

Requesting a Group Visit Reservation

Group Tours

Coming as a Group to a Worship Service


Q & A on Requesting a Group Visit Reservation

When will I hear about the status of my reservation request?
You should hear back from us approximately 3–4 months in advance of your requested visit date.

How do I know if I have a reservation?
If we have room in our schedule for your group, you will receive a scheduling notice from us. Once we receive your contribution, we will send you a confirmation of your reservation, along with a bus parking ID sign.

I just found out I’m on a waiting list. What does that mean?
If your group is on the waiting list, it means we are unable to schedule your group’s visit for the date/time you requested. If a spot becomes available for your group, we will contact you and offer that time. If you do not hear from us, it means no additional times have opened up and we have no availability.

If we can’t get a reservation, do we have any other options?
You may call our same-day tour number when you’re in town at 202.537.5273 to see if we’ve had any last-minute cancellations. There are no guarantees with this, but occasionally spots do open up at the last minute.

How do you figure out who gets a reservation?
We try to process all requests on a first-come/first-served basis, taking into account regular services and special events held here at the Cathedral, along with staffing and space constraints.

I wasn’t able to get a tour. Can I suggest other times for my visit?
When we schedule reservations, we look at times around what you suggest, not just that one time. If we see something close to your request, we will usually offer that time to you, so it’s possible that we’ve already looked at the other times you would suggest. If you change your request date, be aware that other dates might have a waiting list already in place and your new request will be added to the end of the waiting list.

Can I make changes to my request/reservation?
If you change your request to a different date, be aware that other dates might already have a waiting list in place. Your request would be added to the end of the waiting list. If you have a reservation and need to change the number of buses you are bringing, please note that we are unable to accommodate an increase in the number of buses for a reservation as scheduling is very tight.

Why do I need a reservation to visit a church?
Our reservation policy helps us create the best environment possible inside the Cathedral by making sure we are staffed sufficiently to meet the needs of your group and by ensuring that overcrowding does not negatively affect your experience. Additionally, it helps us get information to you so that you don’t arrive when our doors are closed!

Can we just walk around on our own?
Cathedral policy is that groups must either attend a worship service or take a docent-led tour.

Can we just stop quickly to take pictures?
We are unable to permit groups to make photostops at the Cathedral. All groups visiting must have a reservation and must either take a guided tour or attend a worship service.

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Q & A on Group Tours

When are tours offered?
Tours are scheduled every 15 minutes Monday–Saturday from 10 am–11:15 am and from 12:45 pm–3:15 pm. There are no group tours on Sundays and no touring during special events or worship services

How much does it cost to visit?

Group tours should be prepaid at least one month prior to the group’s visit. Our requested amounts for group visits will be as follows.

Group Tours$6 per person  or   $200 per busload
Worship Services$50/bus for bus parking

What does the money support?
Your contributions go to supporting our programs and operating our new garage. The Cathedral does not receive funding from any government or national church source.

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Q & A on Coming as a Group to a Worship Service

Why do we need a reservation to attend a worship service?
To provide the best possible experience for all attendees, our worship staff need to know if any large groups are coming to our services. This way, we can make sure there is enough room for everyone and, for some services, that there are enough communion wafers and service leaflets. If a service is scheduled for a smaller chapel, it would be a shame to show up and find there is no room for your group!

Is there a dress code for worship services?
Common decency is expected, but don’t worry, you don’t have to wear a dress or suit!

Don’t you have services at other times?
The Cathedral usually has six services on Sunday and four each weekday, but we are best able to accommodate groups at these services:

  • Monday–Friday: Holy Eucharist at 12 noon
  • Monday–Thursday during the academic year: Evensong at 5:30 pm
  • Sunday: Holy Eucharist at 9 am
  • Sunday: Holy Eucharist at 11:15 am

What about bringing a group to special services like Christmas or Easter?
Many of our special services require free passes for admission. Please check here for information on upcoming special services. As always, you would need to reserve your visit if you plan to attend.

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To help us better serve you, please let us know when you schedule your visit if there are visitors in wheelchairs or with other special needs. Most of the Cathedral’s areas are wheelchair accessible, we have amplification devices for our docents, and we will do our best to work with your group to meet your needs. Click here for additional information on accessibility.

Parking at the Cathedral

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

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