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Small Group Tour of Catacombs by Candelight in New York

  • 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
Small Group Tour of Catacombs by Candelight in New York
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Perfect for history lovers, this tour of the historical Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Lower Manhattan invites you into the catacombs, allowing you to see its pipe organ and venture to parts of the building that are normally closed to visitors. Beat the crowds on this small group tour and enjoy a personal encounter with this New York landmark.

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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Reviewed 5 days ago
An outstanding experience for New Yorkers and Tourists alike!

We are NYC residents, and we took my parents on this tour when they were visiting from out of town. All four of us absolutely loved it. Our guide, Leo, was excellent. He was knowledgeable and funny and made the whole tour interesting for Catholics...More

Thank Michele D
Reviewed 1 week ago
More than just a Catacombs Tour

We loved this tour! And it's more than just a tour of the very interesting catacombs beneath the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. You get a good deal of history about New York City, the Catholic Church in NYC, the gangs of NYC and...More

1  Thank JDP1477
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing tour, even for a native New Yorker

I spent yesterday with Dan exploring the old St. Patricks church on Prince Street. Honestly, it was one of my top favorite tours I've taken. Dan was spot on with his story telling, delivery, history and interaction. The only downside, which I won't take a...More

Thank jayfro77
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well done and well worth the cost! Very well thought out tour with little extras provided. Much more than just the catacombs, you get access to areas that you'll never see with out going on this. Our guide Dan is personable and very knowledgeable....More

Thank gwaldron4
Reviewed 1 week ago
History of New York from a church perspective

Group tours are not something I always look forward to but this one was amazing. Our guide, Dan, was great at seamlessly giving us historical details with pop-culture references as he led us through the graveyard, church, and catacombs of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral. There...More

Thank waysidelynne
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DeAnna S
October 2, 2018|
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Response from TudBer | Reviewed this property |
The tour was about 90 minutes.
Joanne D
September 22, 2018|
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Response from Loretta P | Reviewed this property |
The tour takes you in and out of a building, across a street, around in a yard (over uneven natural ground in a cemetery), up and down a few stairs (not many at a time), and along hallways. It also leads you along a set of... More
April 12, 2018|
Response from joe l | Reviewed this property |
I think she could do it. There some steps involved to enter and leave the catacomb. She can enjoy most of the tour from the wheel chair. She will have to forego the choir loft.
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