The National Cathedral in Washington, DC is offering their last Gargoyle Tour of the year this Sunday, October 24, at 2 p.m. This tour explores some of the 112 or so whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate Washington National Cathedral, and includes a slide show followed by an outdoor tour.
Gargoyles, in case you didn’t know, are stone carvings with water spouts that help keep water from running down the walls of a building. Most are scary looking but the National Cathedral gargoyles also depict real people and animals. The grotesques don’t carry away water. Some of the National Cathedral’s more unique gargoyles and grotesques include
- A Basenji dog (north side of the building)
- A birdwatcher with binoculars (west side of the building)
- A donkey (south side of the building)
Look for Darth Vader (a grotesque), as well!
Admission for the tour is $10 per adult; $5 per child (12 and under); or $30 per family. Meet at the 7th floor auditorium, using elevators just inside the Wisconsin Avenue doors. No reservations required. Binoculars recommended. Cameras welcome.
If you can’t make the Gargoyle Tour, you can take a self-guided Gargoyle Tour during Cathedral visiting hours. Download the PDF self-guided Gargoyle Guide descriptions here.