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New York Catacombs by Candlelight

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

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 catacombs tour. Meet your guide at a convenient location in Lower Manhattan, and follow them into the church. As you explore, learn all about the landmark’s place in New York history and discover the final resting place of famous New Yorkers past.
  • A tour offers a more personal way to explore the landmark
  • Explore the catacombs and other areas that most visitors miss
  • Learn all about the history of the church from your guide
  • Choose from a number of convenient departure times
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266 Mulberry St , 266 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012, USA

Check In Address: 266 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012 (corner of Mulberry St. and Jersey St.)jbetween Houston and Prince streets Directions: By Subway B/D/F/M/6 trains to Broadway-Lafayette St/Bleecker St; R/W train to Prince St

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • PLEASE CHECK IN AT 266 MULBERRY STREET (CORNER OF MULBERRY ST. AND JERSEY ST.), WHERE THE TOUR BEGINS. CHECK IN 15 MINUTES BEFORE TOUR PLEASE.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • PLEASE DO NOT GO TO ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL ON FIFTH AVENUE! THIS IS A DIFFERENT ST. PATRICK'S IN MANHATTAN
  • Guests requiring wheelchair should contact Tommy's New York in advance to allow us to make proper preparations for your tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tommys New York
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "Most of the time is indoors, some steps but quite manageable." See review
  • "If you want something off the beaten path, take this tour." See review
  • "I would recommend this tour for anyone interested in the history of the church and surrounding areas!" See review

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star-5
Not scary but great historical overview!
Melanie_H
, Aug 2022
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. A must for lovers of history! The catacombs weren't especially spooky.
star-5
Ronnie our tour guide was...
Mark_D
, Aug 2022
Ronnie our tour guide was great very knowledgeable about the experience and the history of the surrounding areas .
star-2
A funeral with commentary.
Ed_S
, Aug 2022
Boring, and not what we expected at all. Felt like high school all over. The bathrooms were clean though.
star-5
A must see!
Nicole_B
, Aug 2022
It was a fantastic tour, and Ronnie, our guide, was very knowledgeable and friendly! Our family really enjoyed it!
star-5
The Basilica's alter was...
Ana_P
, Aug 2022
The Basilica's alter was very impressive and absolutely beautiful. The Basilica is very clean and well maintained.
star-5
Catacomb Tour
Nicholas_S
, Aug 2022
The church was definitely not what we expected! It's beautiful! And bigger than we thought from the outside. Our guide, Mike, was very informative and also brought lots of humor and intelligence to this tour. Kudos, Mike! It was a blast! We are recommending this tour to all of our friends and family.
star-5
Do it!
Jaheida_P
, Aug 2022
I live in NY and decided to do this tour to try something different. I loved it so much. The tour guide was very informative. I not only learned history of the church but the history of immigration in NY. I was very happy with this tour. Well worth the money.
star-5
Great experience!
Delia_M
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide Leo was great! My family and I enjoyed everything about this tour. Great history lesson about the church and the people involved with the church.
star-5
Tour host was great and...
Matthew_F
, Aug 2022
Tour host was great and loved the history behind everything. Learned new things. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.
star-1
Waste of time and money
Laken_D
, Aug 2022
It’s not a tour of the catacombs it’s a door of the church where u look at the catacombs that aren’t really catacombs for 30 seconds
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Learn something, have fun
Shannon_S
, Aug 2022
Dan, our guide, was funny and knowledgeable. The Basilica was beautiful and the catacombs were interesting but my favorite part was the history and anticdotes from Dan. I learned a lot and was entertained.
star-5
Went on this tour with my...
Elizabeth_B
, Jul 2022
Went on this tour with my parents while they were visiting NYC. Leo was our incredible tour guide. Can’t recommend highly enough!
star-1
Highly Disappointed
Dana_R
, Jul 2022
Spent 1 hour and 15 minutes listening to the tour guide talk about Catholic history in NYC outside in 95 degree weather with no breaks or water, then spent 10 minutes inside at the actual catacombs that we paid $37 to see, then spent the last 5 minutes being ushered out of the 10 minute catacomb tour so that the tour guide could brag about the excellence of his tour by offering 10% discounts to subpar local Italian cuisine. 0/10 recommend if you actually want to spend most (if not at least HALF) of the time viewing the actual place you paid to see.
star-5
Very interesting and...
John_D
, Jul 2022
Very interesting and informative tour of the Old Saint Patricks Cathedral, the cemetery and the catacombs.
star-5
It was great to learn the...
Jennifer_M
, Jul 2022
It was great to learn the history of the people buried here and of the church. Our guide was very entertaining as well.
star-5
Awesome tour and tour guide.
Sara_E
, Jul 2022
Tony was an awesome tour guide. It was a very hot day and he made sure that we all stayed in the shade as much as possible. This was way more enjoyable than I expected.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best Tour Ever!!!
Norma_I
, Jul 2022
Everything!!! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He is was awesome. My fiance and I will be back to take the tour again with the family.
star-5
History in Real Form!
Virginia_O
, Jul 2022
My husband and I had been looking for a quick event in New York City that wasn’t always a trip to the highest point. In contrast we found the catacombs. Excellent history thank you for the tour!
star-5
Very nice
Tara_K
, Jul 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided background and history. He really seemed to be passionate about the church and the history.
star-2
Misleading name
Andrea_D
, Jul 2022
The tour is called a candlelight tour of the catacombs, but it isn’t that at all. It’s a history lesson of New York Catholicism and the neighborhood surrounding the church. You are an hour into the 90 minute tour before you even go near the catacombs, which aren’t at all as one would expect. They are three straight hallways made of stucco covered straight walls painted beige with the outline of tombstones every 10 feet or so. Oh, and the candles (which aren’t candles, rather plastic battery powered lights) are entirely unnecessary as sunlight streams through the catacombs. Don’t waste your time or money, unless what you’re looking for is an uninspiring church tour and catholic history lesson.

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