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Washington National Cathedral

Massachusetts and Wisconsin Aves. NW, Entrance on Wisconsin Ave., Washington DC, DC (Upper Northwest)
202 537 6207
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Ranked #17 of 252 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Eugene, Oregon
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93 reviews 93 reviews
31 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Beautiful historic site with lots of wonderful stories. Take guided tour if you have time. Gift store is great, especially if you are looking for religious resources for children or Christmas ornaments or nativity sets. Make sure to check out the gardner's cottage for unique garden items and gifts. Seeing thee cathedral makes it more meaningful when viewing national events... More

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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

a great tour of much historical value, gift shop and more ... had a wonderful time. Parking maybe difficult to find.

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Peterborough, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

An extension of an easy walking tour of Georgetown will bring you to the National Cathedral....well worth the effort to get there. The Cathedral itself may be toured on your own and no area is "off limits". However, if you have a chance to take a guided tour...free of charge....please take advantage of the opportunity. A detailed description of the... More

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Pittsburgh
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91 reviews 91 reviews
34 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

As has been noted by many other reviewers, beginning this year the National Cathedral has been charging 10 dollars per person for the guided tour of the Cathedral Mon. - Sat. in order to help pay for the cost of repairing extensive earthquake damage from three years ago (I am not sure why there was no insurance or insignificant insurance,... More

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San Diego
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83 reviews 83 reviews
50 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Just a heads up: the cathedral has started charging $10 to enter - except on Sunday. (I went on Sunday). The $10 is (supposedly) to help cover the cost of earthquake damage a few years back. The Cathedral is amazing. It's as beautiful and as large as many of the big churches in Europe, except much newer. Be sure to... More

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Charles F, Director, Visitor Programs at Washington National Cathedral, responded to this review

Thanks for your recent visit. I'm glad you were able to check out the views from the Pilgrim Observation Gallery. On a clear day you can even see the Blue Ridge Mountains! As for the entrance fee for sightseeing Monday - Saturday, it supports Cathedral operations. It costs $20,000 a day to run the Cathedral, not including the funds needed... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

As a local Washingtonian I was shocked that I now have to pay to enter what is SUPPOSED to the 'nation's Cathedral'. Not anymore. Only the paying tourist may enter here. Since January 2014 you must now pay - one of the ONLY locations in the Capitol. The staff at the door were shockingly rude and smug when I asked... More

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Charles F, Director, Visitor Programs at Washington National Cathedral, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing thoughts about your recent visit to the Cathedral, although I'm very sorry to hear it was such a troubling visit. There might be some confusion about our admission policy. It is not, as you say, a matter of "Pay to Pray." The charge is for sightseeing Monday - Saturday; anyone wishing to pray or to attend... More

Corona, California
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23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I have always wanted to visit this cathedral and it was closed due to the earthquake last time we were in DC. They have a parking garage close by and the price was reasonable. But upon entering we were greeted by a kiosk asking for a $10 donation/fee each. Since when do people have to pay to get into a... More

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Charles F, Director, Visitor Programs at Washington National Cathedral, responded to this review

Thanks for your recent visit to the Cathedral. The admission fee is charged only for sightseeing Monday - Saturday. Any visitors wishing just to pray or to attend one of our worship services are admitted without the fee. In years past we requested donations from sightseeing visitors and were grateful for all of the donations we received. Unfortunately they were... More

South Brunswick, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We came here on a recent trip to DC where we decided to visit places we didn't normally see. We were not disappointed! We were here for at least an hour, walking around looking at all the gorgeous architecture, stained glass, and fun facts. It is a self-guided tour, although I think there was an option to have a tour... More

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Charles F, Director, Visitor Programs at Washington National Cathedral, responded to this review

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the array of glorious art at the Cathedral! One quick note in case you're able to return for another visit ... there's no additional charge for the highlights tours. We do offer specialty tours, ranging from Behind-the-Scenes Tours to Gargoyle Tours to special topical Close-Up tours, all for an additional fee, but there's... More

Swampscott, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This history, the architecture, the stained glass. This place has it all. It's huge, so plan on spending a few hours there. As a photographer, there was just so much to photograph. Take the tour and find out if the president regularly attends mass there. Find out who can, and can't get married there. Learn about the stained glass -... More

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Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The building is great. The people who run the place? No comment,. The charge admission. A church that charges admission? Something is very wrong here. It seems that this place has no real parishioners, just tourists. If they had real parishioners they wouldn't have to shake down the tourists so much. Visit on a Sunday when it's free. This place... More

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Charles F, Director, Visitor Programs at Washington National Cathedral, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit. I'm sorry the admission charge was unexpected. We instituted the admission charge in January 2014 for sightseeing Monday - Saturday. It was a difficult decision, but we made the change because we receive no support from the federal government or the Episcopal Church, and it costs nearly $20,000 a day to operate the Cathedral,... More

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