Tours

Bryn Athyn Cathedral is the central house of worship for the Bryn Athyn Church and a gathering place for members of the New Church throughout the world.

Over 300 local artisans built this Gothic and Romanesque Cathedral onsite during the height of the American Arts & Crafts Movement using old world craftsmanship.  Deep pink and soft green granite was quarried less than a mile away, great oak trees were felled on the property that were used in ceiling timbers, dedicated masters worked tirelessly to rediscover the lost art of medieval stained glass, and Monel metal is used in doors, door handles, gates, and the keys that open them.  No two things are alike, thus honoring the wondrous variety found in all of God’s creations.

The Bryn Athyn Cathedral stands as a physical representation of the spiritual beliefs of the New Church, a Christian denomination based on the writings of Emanual Swedenborg.  Your tour tells of the ever-evolving representation of a faith much like the community it serves, a manifestation of organic beauty, that is highlighted in the religious symbolism of the building. Dedicated over 100 years ago, this masterpiece marries old craftsmanship with modern upgrades.  

Tours are by reservation only. View up-to-date tour availability and reserve your spot.

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  • Tours run continuously Tuesday – Sunday between 1PM and 4PM, unless we are closed for a religious service.  The Cathedral is closed on Monday.
  • Tours last about 45 minutes.
  • There is a suggested donation of $5/person.
  • Groups of 10 or require reservations in advance by calling Visitor Services at 215-947-0266, ext. 4600 during business hours: M-F, 9AM-4PM.  The cost is $5/person and checks are to be made out to Bryn Athyn Church.

Please note that the Cathedral and its grounds are closed during worship and special services. Please check our church calendar or call ahead (215-947-0266, x4600) to confirm that the Cathedral will be open for tours.

The Cathedral is handicapped accessible and climate controlled.

Historic District tours are available Tuesday through Friday at 1:30-2:15PM. Please call Lisa Parker-Adams at 215-947-2004 to coordinate your tours with Cairnwood, the Cathedral and Glencairn Museum. bahistoricdistrict.org

If you are interested in taking photos at the cathedral, please see our Photography Policy

Tours and Visitor Services

Julia Schmucker, Visitor Services
Phone: 215-947-0266, x4600
Email: Julia.Schmucker@brynathynchurch.org
900 Cathedral Road, PO Box 277-C, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009