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Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-5000
+1 202-537-6207
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This Gothic-style cathedral is the sixth largest in the world and is put to all sorts of national purposes, such as President Wilsons funeral and a prayer vigil for American hostages during the Iranian crisis.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-5000
Upper Northwest
+1 202-537-6207
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Reviewed yesterday

Don't go there if you've been to cathedrals in Europe. Only true DC / religious historians can appreciate it

Thank p l
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was an amazing place to visit and walk around. The cathedral is most impressive, the stained glass just beautiful. We happened to be there during a church service, so I heard the organ and it was powerful and inspiring. One thing that was surprising...More

Thank beadgypsy
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a resident of DC, I ALWAYS drive my guests and visitors to The National Cathedral along Embassy Row (Mass Ave) so they can have fun identifying all the embassies, and culminating at our Nation's Cathedral. This is truly A Grand Cathedral Experience. It as...More

Thank JMF8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A little off the beaten path, must a must see on your DC trip! The views from the top are stunning. Woodrow Wilson is the only president buried here. Stunning architecture.

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a DC resident, I rarely stop and take in the sites. That is not true, however, for the National Cathedral that makes me smile when I walk into the nave. I stop by every time I can and take others. It is such a...More

Thank PiggednPoked4Dinner
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the cathedral in December and fell in love immediately. We took the longer tour that included a tour guide and descriptions of the cathedral. Lots of stair climbing, but the descriptions and views of the stained glass windows are unforgettable. I highly recommend...More

Thank Josemike
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A magnificent cathedral, the sixth-largest in the world. Repairs are still being carried out after the earthquake in 2011, but this in no way interfered with our enjoyment. We stayed for a Sunday service and the cathedral was almost full. The cathedral shop in the...More

Thank QueenslandGirl2010
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The maintenance and repairs to the Washington National Cathedral have become so costly that the Cathedral is now rented out for functions to raise revenue. We attended a private reception/holiday party at the National Cathedral and actually felt uncomfortable with drinking and dancing in the...More

1  Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here specifically to examine all the gargoyles on the cathedral. There is a cost to enter the church, but our group enjoyed the exterior just fine. We had an expert guide who pointed out some of the more famous gargoyles including Darth Vader,...More

Thank MickeyLa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Washington National Cathedral is an absolute gem and a must see when visiting DC! The adjacent gardens are equally impressive.

1  Thank JSfromDC
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Martin S
1 September 2017|
Response from Exploratorius | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if there's a bad seat in the house, at least when the organ is being played. The pipes are at the front, but the horns are in the rear – and it's the most amazing organ I've ever heard in person. However, if... More
Martin S
1 September 2017|
Response from Jules060617 | Reviewed this property |
I did not attend a service in the main part of the cathedral so do not know anything about the acoustics and the visual aspects so regret unable to help you on this.
Wallie S
31 August 2017|
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Response from CRB50 | Reviewed this property |
There is a tower climb on Thurs evenings in the summer. They also have them several times a year, flower mart and sometimes in Sept for the anniversary celebration. You can go on line or call and ask about the next tower... More