Central Tower

Tower Climbs

Climb to the dizzying heights of Washington National Cathedral with various tower climb options.

Tower Climb

Please note:
A tower climb is a 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. The minimum height requirement is 48 inches (4 feet) and is not appropriate for young children. Infants cannot be carried on the tour. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as the weather conditions are more extreme than at ground level.

Private Tower Climbs

If you’re interested in arranging a private tower climb for a small group (minimum: 5 people; maximum: 10 people), you have several choices:

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 tour lasts 75 – 90 minutes and costs $40/person.

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 tour lasts 75 – 90 minutes and costs $50/person.

Combination Tower Climb
Can’t decide? Combine the two experiences into one unforgettable tour. This option lasts about 2.5 hours and costs $75/person.

Sign Up

Please contact Charles Fulcher at cfulcher@cathedral.org with questions or to make arrangements.

Upcoming Tower Climbs

No public tower climbs are currently scheduled. Please check back.


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.