Full Peal Attempt at Washington National Cathedral

New Year's Day
Jan. 1, 2023  |  12:30-3:30pm (Eastern)

Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

Bask in a cacophony of sound as the grand bells of Washington National Cathedral erupt overhead. Members of the Washington Ringing Society will attempt a full peal on the Cathedral's 10-bell ring following the 11:15am service. If the peal attempt is successful, the ringing will last between 3 and 3.5 hours, or 5,040 changes, from start to finish. 

Anywhere on the Cathedral grounds will be a wonderful place to hear the bells. We recommend finding a cozy perch in the Bishop's Garden! Stroll among the garden paths, find a comfortable seat tucked into a stone wall, or spread a blanket for a tasty picnic as the bells ring out above.

Heading inside the Cathedral?

Washington National Cathedral continues to be an active place for worship, sightseeing, programs, and restoration. If you would like to tour inside the Cathedral, you may be asked to purchase a sightseeing ticket for entry. More information may be found on the Cathedral's website.

Meet the Ringers: Washington Ringing Society

In early 1983, the Cathedral Ringing Society, which had been founded in October 1963 after the installation of the Cathedral bells, was renamed and reorganized as The Washington Ringing Society in recognition of the new bells installed at the Old Post Office Tower.

The organization is based in Washington, D.C. and is dedicated to the study, practice, and promotion of English change ringing. Members range in age from 15 to 80 and come from many different walks of life, including teachers, computer programmers, lawyers, students, doctors, archivists, and musicians. All are bell enthusiasts! Want to learn more? Explore the history and mission of Washington Ringing Society.

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