The Cathedral Close Tour

The 57 acres surrounding Washington national Cathedral are a rich landscape tapestry

The grounds, known as the Cathedral Close, consist of cultivated gardens, 5 acres of oak and beech forest, a terraced outdoor amphitheater, athletic fields, and the landscaped grounds of the institutions and schools. The original plan for the Cathedral Close was developed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., from 1907-1927. Olmsted's design has endured because its main features continue to meet the aspirations of a Gothic-style cathedral while allowing the gardens and grounds to grow and develop to meet the needs of the 21st century.

Click on the Map or List to Explore 17 Areas of the Cathedral Close:

Main Cathedral Map

Main Cathedral Map
Bishop's Garden Bishop's Lawn and Borders Equestrian Statue of George Washington Olmsted Woods and the Pilgrim Way Robert C. Morton Border All Hallows Amphitheater Pilgrim Road Bed Glastonbury Thorn Peace Cross Landmark Memorial Sundial Phyllis Nitze Garden Kenney Garden Pollinator Garden Cathedral College Gardens Cathedral Garth West Front Oak Grove Baptistry

Phyllis Nitze Garden

Cathedral College Gardens

West Front Oak Grove


Help us Keep the
Gardens Growing

Partner with us to ensure that the 57 acres of gardens and grounds surrounding Washington National Cathedral continue to be a haven of peace and refreshment in the midst of the Nation’s Capital.


All Hallows Guild was founded in 1916 to provide for the care and beautification of the grounds of Washington National Cathedral. The Guild works closely with the horticultural staff to preserve this historic landscape and raises funds for renovation and renewal of the gardens.


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