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Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral

Church and Performing Arts Venue
Woodley Park, Washington
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    Kiley K.
    "amazing hidden stuff like moon rocks and a Vader gargoyle"(4 Tips)
    Karin M.
    "The gargoyle tour is awesome."(3 Tips)
    Samir L.
    "Spot the Darth Vader gargoyle"(3 Tips)
    "231 stained glass windows"(3 Tips)
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  • Guido G.heart icon on user image
    Guido GybelsSeptember 3, 2016
    Impressive, large, if not genuinely old, building. Quiet neighbourhood. There is a large parking lot right underneath the Cathedral, first 30 min. parking for free, ideal if you just want pics.
  • NASA
    NASASeptember 12, 2012
    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
  • Alex L.
    Alex Lazo VasquezAugust 13, 2014
    When I arrived in Washington my eye caught this beuautiful building. It has 2 tours. The regular tour is the best. The behind the scenes tour is very interesting too, more suited to architect fans
  • Karin M.
    Karin MillerSeptember 16, 2013
    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.
  • Samir L.
    Samir LJune 29, 2016
    Spot the Darth Vader gargoyle, and go here during the fall/winter (when the trees have shed their leaves) for an awesome vantage point of DC (see also: L'Enfant's Grave)
  • Annie
    AnnieMarch 15, 2014
    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)
  • Skifchikheart icon on user image
    SkifchikJune 4, 2016
    The majestic structure, copying the classics of Notre-Dame de Paris. Be sure to check out!
  • Lydia S.
    Lydia StevensonSeptember 29, 2015
    The guided tour is awesome. There are 16 chapels in the cathedral. The building design is 14th century Gothic, and it is a completely original design and not copied from another building.
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisMay 13, 2016
    Take the guided tour and then roam around on your own. So much to see!! So much history!
  • shifty
    shiftyNovember 24, 2014
    Actual name is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. It is the seat of both the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese Washington and the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
  • Karina V.heart icon on user image
    Karina ValverdeJanuary 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    $10 admission fee. Beautiful 360 view of DC and nearby burbs. The cathedral is one of the highest points in the city.
  • MsTwixt M.
    MsTwixt MsTwixtMay 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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
  • April M.heart icon on user image
    April MartinFebruary 24, 2018
    Breathtakingly beautiful and also a very touching prayer time for Florida High School while we were there.
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenApril 3
    Stunning. Well worth the time and effort to spend time here.
  • Hassan S.
    Hassan SarayaAugust 15, 2014
    AMEN—A Prayer for the World 48 premier Egyptian and Western artists. Thursday, September 4, 20147 to 8:30 pm
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 14, 2011
    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.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANFebruary 14, 2011
    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
  • Kiley K.heart icon on user image
    Kiley KDecember 10, 2016
    This place is so cool there are amazing hidden stuff like moon rocks and a Vader gargoyle
  • Isaac P.
    Isaac PachecoAugust 6, 2011
    Breathtakingly beautiful grounds are often overshadowed by the Cathedral itself. Take time to walk around the outside too!
  • Nick P.
    Nick PatzerOctober 10, 2010
    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.
  • Adam K.
    Adam KOctober 26, 2013
    Great views of DC and Virginia, and a perfect spot to get good photos of the buttresses and towers.
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy CummingsApril 22, 2019
    Get tickets ahead of time for the Easter service!
  • Erin R.heart icon on user image
    Erin RathFebruary 28, 2015
    Amazing stained glass! Beautiful service music. 🎼 No admission Sundays.
  • NYIP
    NYIPJune 8, 2011
    Check out the mosaics in the Resurrection Chapel and be sure to use a tripod and a long exposure to capture their iridescent beauty.
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerOctober 3, 2019
    A must visit. Great to walk around the grounds.
  • Charles A.heart icon on user image
    Charles AltmanApril 3, 2019
    This is one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen
  • Boxfire Press
    Boxfire PressJune 15, 2011
    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
  • T S.heart icon on user image
    T StarkAugust 10, 2015
    don't forget to visit the garden!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MenardApril 25, 2012
    This is the 6th largest cathedral in the world! Must see when you visit DC!
  • Kristen L.
    Kristen LuppinoAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Leave a couple bucks in the donation bin. The Cathedral has a long way to go in repairs from the earthquake.
  • Jade R.
    Jade RyanAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great view from the garden. Great place to relax and enjoy the weather during a cooler summer day.
  • John T.
    John TaylorMay 15, 2012
    At night, you can park right next to the building and explore the grounds with no one hassling you or looking over your shoulder.
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Families can take self-guided tours and gargoyle treasure hunts with free brochure guides picked up at the information desk at arrival. Powered by
  • Amber D.
    Amber Davis-SatoAugust 20, 2012
    The Highlight tour is wonderful, informative and covers a lot of the cathedral
  • Monica H.heart icon on user image
    Monica HJune 27, 2017
    We went through so fast... Wish we could had a specific tour like the gargoyle tour... #Mommy2Five
  • Allys C.
    Allys CurrieApril 28, 2015
    I liked the souvenirs :)
  • Lisa T.heart icon on user image
    Lisa TurzaiJune 26, 2016
    A Must-see when visiting Washington DC!!
  • Shane P.
    Shane PhillipsJune 20, 2012
    The tour was great. Artwork is amazing. But our guide was very rude
  • Shannon J.heart icon on user image
    Shannon JeropkeNovember 15, 2021
    Definitely a must visit in DC!
  • Deb L.heart icon on user image
    Deb LAugust 8, 2015
    A beautiful cathedral in every way!
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Took almost 100 years to build and is just awesome
  • Rebecca P.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca PresseSeptember 28, 2012
    The Moon Rock was a great surprise, I have heard it is worth more than Gold.
  • Corey R.
    Corey RMarch 30, 2013
    Find a quiet place with no one around to snap a picture.
  • Sunny
    SunnyJune 25, 2011
    Find the courtyard with the fountain and benches for a refreshing and cool stop.
  • Rhina G.
    Rhina GuidosJuly 31, 2012
    best time to go is as the sun sets.
  • Victor G.
    Victor GollahonOctober 5, 2012
    Been there but missed the moon rock in the stained glass window. Such is life.
  • Rick R.
    Rick RoudebushSeptember 11, 2017
    9-11 Remembrance Service
  • Presidential Libraries
    Presidential LibrariesNovember 3, 2011
    2,107 people were admitted by ticket to the funeral services of Dwight Eisenhower held here on March 31, 1969.
  • Cara
    CaraJuly 9, 2023
    Free on sundays
  • Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce
    We love The Gift Shop in the Herb Cottage!
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