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Small Group Tour of Catacombs by Candelight in New York

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  • 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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Check in by 2:45pm at Visitors Kiosk 90 Minute tour of the Catacombs by Candlelight
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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.

Reviews (155)
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Great Way To Spend a Cold Day in Manhattan!

My cousin and I took the train in from Stamford to Manhattan to see the tree at Rockefeller Center but wanted something else to do. We read about this tour on TripAdvisor and thought it would be a good thing to do on a cold...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mgaug2000
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Dan ROCKS! Awesome TOUR!

My friend wanted to book this tour on our day trip to NYC. Sure why not sounds fun! I love Churches so let’s go! From the moment we walked in to Dan taking the small group of 5 on our tour it was awesome! The...More

Thank maggiemaemd
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great tour and guide. Very interesting- a definite must do!

Our guide was wonderful. He provided exceptional insight into the Catholic church and politics of New York. He provided great history of immigration, NYC gangs, politics, and religious affiliations. A definite must!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dtfergie
Reviewed 1 week ago
Not really a catacomb tour

The "catacombs" were recently renovated and the area now has heat, A/C, ceramic tile floors, lights and drywall. It's more of a modern crypt tour. Only one old stone wall left. It's most likely a money making scheme to provide more money to church. Should...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank weddingandhoneymoons
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Super interesting and most worth it tour!

We did this tour as part of our New York Pass and are so happy we did. We were all in our mid 20’s and likely wouldn’t have done the tour had it not been on our pass. We learned a lot of really cool...More

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9 November 2018|
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Response from kconnolly | Reviewed this property |
I bought them online and when I walked up, the woman read the ticket from the app and checked me off her list. Super simple!
3 October 2018|
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Response from TudBer | Reviewed this property |
The tour was about 90 minutes.
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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