October 2, 2020
Visit the Cathedral Gardens from home or use our interactive Map while you are in the Gardens
In September we launched the first phase of our online tour of the 57 acres of gardens and grounds that surround the Washington National Cathedral. Whether you’re viewing from home or simply want to follow along while strolling the gardens, the 3 acres of the Bishop’s Garden, 5 acres of the Olmsted Woods, and surrounding landscape of the Cathedral await exploration.
Two maps highlight areas of the Cathedral Close and the Bishop’s Garden
The Cathedral Close Tour Map features 17 areas – including the Olmsted Woods, the Cathedral’s West Front Oak Grove, and the Pollinator Garden. By clicking the areas on the map you will be taken to pages filled with information and photos of the area. The Bishop’s Garden Map features 14 areas of the garden. The Bishop’s Garden pages include narrated video segments as well as photos and text describing the garden elements, plants, and giving the history of the Garden.
The Full Bishop’s Garden Video Tour is also Available on YouTube
We have created a YouTube playlist that links all 14 Bishop’s Garden video segments. It begins at the Norman Arch Entrance to the Garden. The tour ends at the Lower Perennial Border.
Access the Tour Map while Visiting
You can find a scannable link to the tour map on the box located at the entrance to Shadow House (in the Bishop’s Garden) and on the box located along the Pilgrim Way in the Olmsted Woods. By scanning the QR code you will be directed to the main tour page. From there you can click through to see more about each area of the garden. By making these links available to Garden visitors we can reduce the monetary and environmental cost of printing tour maps.
We hope to add more detail to the tour as time goes on, and we are working on several other ways to enhance your visit to the gardens – whether in person or from home.
Take the Virtual Tour Now