For a non local, this is one of the more difficult to get to DC National sights. But if you can find a way (I did the Metro/bus combo which took awhile and required some research), it is worth the effort.
The view from upstairs over DC was worthwhile, even in wintery evening conditions. The information lady could not have been more helpful or friendly.
There are some lovely smaller chapels downstairs, including the tiny Good Shepherd chapel which I found a wonderful place for some quiet meditation in the centre of such a busy town.
You are welcome to attend services, and so I planned my visit for an hour sightseeing in the later afternoon, and stayed on for Evensong (5.30pm) which had the boys choir leading. If you do do this, make sure you don't hang back in the 'tourist' seats, but take the invitation to join the service in the choir stalls. Beautiful time of worship.
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