New York City

New York Catacombs by Candlelight

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Professional guides
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guests requiring wheelchair should contact Tommy's New York in advance to allow us to make proper preparations for your tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

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


2,342 reviews
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Everyone needs to visit
Lori_G, Sep 2023
Hearing the history of the church and the neighborhood was awesome. The church is gorgeous. The catacombs hauntingly beautiful
Giovanni_P, Sep 2023
Best day of the trip! Habib was AMAZING! He was punctual, great hospitality and clean, comfortable car! I would HIGHLY recommend this tour.
Didn't meet expectations
Kim_S, Sep 2023
The title of the tour is grossly misrepresented. It should be called History Tour of the Original St.Patrick's Cathedral --- with a brief look at the Catacombs in a hallway. It was maybe 5-7 minutes and self guided in the dark. Definitely not anywhere near enough to warrant the top billing. If you want to learn about the church great, but if you're looking to see catacombs like we were, it's not worth it.
Discovered Scorcese inspiration for his movies
Alexandre_L, Sep 2023
Great stories told about the Irish immigrants that came to New York. Discovered Scorcese inspiration for his movies 😉
Educating, fun, and just lovely
Sabrina_M, Sep 2023
My husband and I know New York very well - but did not know about this church. The guide was terrific.
Interesting History and culture of early Manhattan combined in this tour!!
megpeavy, Sep 2023
Very interesting historical information-, well researched /knowledgeable guide Friendly and approachable 😎
Unforgettable journey
Jennifer_H, Sep 2023
History and hearing about all of the trials and tribulations of what they had to do to be excepted as a religion
NY history
April_S, Sep 2023
The church was beautiful. The catacomb s so interesting. Loved hearing about this incredible part NYC history.
Church is beautiful
Karen_L, Aug 2023
Everybody was really nice and gave good explanations it was just boring.I was expecting to see more.since I don't like to be so negative what I can say was the church and memorabilia was beautiful
Go and learn!
Konnie_F, Aug 2023
Great history lesson and walking tour. Dan is great at what he does. Recommended as a look into the past
Wonderful experience
Erik_W, Aug 2023
My wife and I a wonderful time. Our tour guid was very informative. He knew so many details. Exploring the catacombs was super interesting as well as the cathedral.
Interesting history, not spooky
Erica_M, Aug 2023
(It was an interesting tour regarding the history of the church and the area, and the people who lived there. The catacombs were not what you might expect if you wanted a more "European" experience, but overall an interesting tour if you like history and the individual tales of the people who were key players in that history. Personally, I would have like it to be more spooky, but maybe you can't tell ghost stories at a Catholic church? It's close to other interesting areas of NYC (SOHO, NOLITA) as a jump off or end point to your day.
Highly recommend
Jaspreet_M, Aug 2023
I was really pleasantly surprised by this tour. I just did it yesterday late morning. I was expecting to just walk through catacombs and maybe hear a spooky story. But Tommy’s knowledge about local history and his religion were fascinating and he brought the tour to life. Standing by the church and listening to him talk about the challenges previous reverends faced with New York gangs was my favourite part of the whole thing. He’s inspired me to read up further on New York history in my spare time. What a guy 🙌
May be worth a visit.
CAROLANN_F, Aug 2023
The whole experience was very well run and very informative, only was not really what we as a family were expecting. I did think the group was quite large and not everybody could fit in the Catacombs at the information sites at the same time.
Great tour!
Kelley_G, Aug 2023
Great tour! We enjoyed the history, inside and out, of this great location. Very historic with lots of great stories.
Fun and memorable
Jason_S, Aug 2023
Dan was our tour guide and he was super knowledgeable and friendly. He engaged with us throughout the tour making it a fun and memorable experience.
Pamela_E, Aug 2023
The tour guide was excellent. She was friendly and knowledgeable. Would have been more interesting had she have kept the dates to a year and not cited the month and date each time. That was more than most people cared to know
Great experience
Alexandria_H, Aug 2023
Loved learning a little history throughout the experience. Our guide was knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions.
Big regret
Melissa_T, Aug 2023
I have been to several catacombs in Europe and love them. This is nothing like it. The catacombs are actually sealed. Just a hallway with names and dates carved on the walls. The guide was informative. Just don’t expect to see much. IMO was a big waste of money.
Magda_G, Aug 2023
The tour was very exciting, funny and knowledgeable. The best part of the tour by all means was the guide, DAN. He was fantastic, so smart, so funny. I will 100% recommend this fun tour.

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