Group Visits

Every year, we are privileged to welcome groups from around the world to Washington National Cathedral.

Planning a Group Visit

We require that all groups visiting the Cathedral make a reservation. Groups may take a tour or come to worship. You will need a reservation if your group:

  • is larger than 13 people
  • will be arriving by motor coach
  • will be arriving by larger vehicle, such as a mini-bus or 15-passenger van

Download a group reservation form (PDF) »

Educational Resources

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Read our Group Visit FAQ for answers to many common questions.

Boxed Lunch Orders

Groups are now able to pre-order boxed lunches from the Cathedral’s new café, Open City at the National Cathedral. Details about placing orders and picking up your meals can be found on this handout

Group Parking

Vehicles such as motor coaches, mini-buses, and 15-passenger vans must park in the Cathedral bus parking garage. Please request a reservation for your group. You will receive additional information regarding parking when you receive your scheduling notice.

Tours and Worship services for groups

We require that all groups make a reservation. Tours, led by a Cathedral docent, provide an overview of the Cathedral’s art, architecture, history, and mission; they last about 30 minutes.

For worship services, please consider reserving during one of the following services, which are well-suited for group attendance:


  • Noon

    Holy Eucharist (30 minutes, Holy Eucharist)

  • 5:30 pm

    Evensong (30–45 minutes, sung by Cathedral choirs) or
    Evening Prayer (30–45 minutes, read by Cathedral clergy)


  • 9 am

    Holy Eucharist (1 hr–1 hr 15 minutes, Holy Communion with small choir)

  • 11:15 am

    Holy Eucharist (1 hr–1 hr 15 minutes, Holy Eucharist with organ and full choir)

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of services and to stay for the duration.

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.