Guided tour

New York City: Catacombs by Candlelight

New York City: Catacombs by Candlelight

From US$ 37 per person

Go behind the scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral and see parts of the church that are otherwise off-limits to visitors. During this unique experience you'll walk through the only catacombs in New York City open to daily tours.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Gain access to off-limits areas with your guide
  • Walk through two cemeteries that are closed to the general public
  • See the resting places of many high-profile Americans
Full description

For over 200 years, the catacombs of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral have served as the final resting place for the faithful departed. This historic place has witnessed the many struggles and accomplishments of prominent New York Catholics.

Gain exclusive access to off-limits areas, including two walled cemeteries. Experience the only active catacombs in New York augmented with multimedia.   See where bishops rest alongside prominent New York Catholics, such as the Delmonico Family, General Thomas Eckert, and the first resident Bishop of New York. This labyrinth of vaults belongs largely to bankers, lawyers, captains of industry, merchants, political candidates, and even to a Civil War-era general.

Includes
  • Complimentary tea lights
  • Walking tour
  • Professional guide
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • Wheelchair users
    • Children under 18 years
    • People over 80 years
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof that they have received at least one dose of a FDA or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
    • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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    Meeting point

    • Check-in is at 266 Mulberry Street (corner of Mulberry Street and Jersey Street) • Please note this tour is at the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral and not St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Video recording

    Know before you go

    • The tour is currently not fully wheelchair accessible. There is one flight of stairs down to the catacombs level.
    • This is an active parish. All customers must be reverently respectful at all times.
    • Due to COVID-19 preventative measures, restrooms are not accessible at this time.
    • All tours are subject to availability and the local partner reserves the right to adjust the experience, tour date, and time for technical, operational, health and safety, or other reasons
    • Tea light candles are included
    • Gratuities are not included
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5

    based on 128 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.1/5
    • Service
      4.3/5
    • Organization
      4.6/5

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    Dan our tour guy was fenomenal he discussed every detail and showed us around it was a great experience, he made out experience unforgettable. I will definitely go back with my kids So that they can learn about our Catholic Church, our anscestors great food New York City wine makers for us the adults :) etc because you will learn things I never imagine or thought I will hear it thank you Dan. You don’t have to tip the tour staff but you guys should they deserve it :)

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    November 7, 2020

    My sister and I went to New York and saw an ad about the catacombs tour. We decided to try it out and were able to get tickets for the next day. It was easy to buy the tickets online. Leo was our guide for our tour and he did an excellent job. So many interesting people are buried there and I loved hearing about the history behind their stories. The tour takes about 90 minutes but is not stressful or difficult to do. The cathedral is beautiful and I loved learning the differences between a cemetery and a graveyard, and why this church is a basilica. Very interesting tour and well worth the money.

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    February 24, 2020

    The portion of the tour in the catacombs was loaded with history. I was expecting to see some skulls and bones which now I realize was unrealistic. All the tombs are sealed and the guide explains the deceased prominence in the community. The church tour was more than what I expected. The craftsmanship of stained glass, the altar and statues is something I really enjoyed. The organ viewing, you walk through it, is great to see how things were built back then. Very rugged. I never knew how militant Catholics were at the time the church was constructed and how they had to defend themselves. The history of those times must hold a lot of good stories.

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    February 18, 2020

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