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New York Catacombs by Candelight Small-Group Tour

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Enjoy this fascinating 90 minute small-group tour that introduces you to all the secrets of the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. Enter off limits areas like the Henry Erban Organ, the cemeteries and an exclusive experience in the CATACOMBS beneath the Old Cathedral and to add dimension, you will experience it all by candlelight. For over 200 years, the CATACOMBS of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral has served as the final resting place for the departed. This unique and historic place has been a silent witness to the many struggles and accomplishments of prominent New York Catholics. It is where bishops rest beside noteworthy New Yorkers who have played defining roles in Catholic, New York and American history.
Highlights
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
  • Small-group size for more personal tour experience
  • Learn from your guide about the church’s long history
  • Visit the catacombs and other areas normally off-limits to visitors
What to Expect
Meet your guide at the Tommy’s New York Kiosk at 32 Prince Street and set off for the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Not to be confused with St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown, this historical church in Lower Manhattan has been a landmark for more than 200 years, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With just a small group for company, you learn about the church’s history, as well as the famous names who once frequented it (and who still rest in its catacombs), including the first resident bishop of New York City. The tour includes the rare opportunity to explore the catacombs, as well as other areas of the landmark that are normally barred to visitors. On the tour, discover the church’s pipe organ, tour its two walled cemeteries, explore the choir loft, and more. As you go, your guide will share stories about its place in New York history.
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Departure Point
32 Prince St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Tommy's New York
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • PLEASE CHECK IN AT THE TNY KIOSK IN THE COURTYARD OF 32 PRINCE STREET BETWEEN MOTT & MULBERRY STREET, WHERE THE TOUR BEGINS. CHECK IN 10 MINUTES BEFORE TOUR PLEASE.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A great tour with an excellent guide in Brittany. The information included The history of the cathedral but also that of the people in the early 1800’s in the Soho area

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Found this tour when i was looking at what to do while in NYC with my sisters on labor day weekend. Our tour guide was Dan who was awesome! He was very knowledgable about the stories he was telling and was open to discuss related...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We found this tour through SecretNYC on Facebook. So glad we decided to take a chance on the tour as it is something different from the normal NYC sights. Our guide Kyle was knowledgable and willing to answer any questions we had.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The St. Patrick's Basilica (Old Cathedral) speaks for itself. It's beautiful. The history of the space oozes from its wrought iron walls, and speaks to you from its centuries-old graves. There can be no better translator of this beauty and history than our tour guide,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank RickCoffey1987
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been to NYC many times and were looking for something different from the usual places. The Catacombs tour presented a unique side of New York's history and included a fascinating tour of the church and the catacombs. I initially thought it might be...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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September 12, 2019|
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Response from canewbee | Reviewed this property |
Try calling Tommysnewyork. They run these tours
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July 29, 2019|
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Response from ScotBoyles | Reviewed this property |
We were late for our tour. They wouldn't wait for us but graciously let us in to the next tour with no problems. Very glad we went.
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BozMah28
July 18, 2019|
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Response from lalamanda | Reviewed this property |
It’s about 90 minutes total including the intro, church grounds, sanctuary and crypts.
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