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Catacombs by Candlelight

New York, United States

Experience hosted by Thomas

90 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Immerse yourself into over 200 years of New York City history on this journey through the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. This exclusive tour will be one of the most memorable highlight your visit. This is actually the first time in history that the Old Cathedral has opened up their church grounds for tours. After a brief introduction at 266 Mulberry Street (the old Chancery) you will be led around these historic church grounds by one of Tommy's top rated licensed guides. You will get to experience the two walled cemeteries and the interior of the Basilica. The catacombs below this Old Cathedral are just one of only a handful in the entire country and we will walk through its corridors by candlelight while the guide brings to life the stories of those resting peacefully within.
Other things to note
This is still an active parish. We ask that guests please follow our guidelines of respect and reverence during the tour. Photos are permitted. Video and Audio recording of any kind is NOT permitted under direction of the Basilica.
Immerse yourself into over 200 years of New York City history on this journey through the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. This exclusive tour will be one of the most memorable highlight your visit. This is actually the first time in history that the Old Cathedral has opened up their church grounds for tours. After a brief introduction at 266 Mulberry Street (the old Chancery) you will be led around these historic church grounds by one…

Meet your host, Thomas

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Hello everyone Tommy here! Please join me and my co-host Chrissy for a unique one of a kind experience. My team along with myself are seasoned New Yorkers that have exclusive access to the only catacombs in New York open for daily tours.
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Where you'll be

the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Little Italy/Nolita was the first Catholic Cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York that opened in 1815. This church is the predecessor to St. Patrick's Cathedral in midtown on 5th Avenue. The tour includes access into the two walled cemeteries that are normally off limits to the public, the old Chancery and of course the catacombs below the Basilica. We begin at 266 Mulberry street.
Susan
December 2020
I so highly recommend the experience, it was informative in such a way I was drawn in and interested in the knowledge. Dan was a one of the best tour leaders I've ever had.
Rustem
March 2020
Our group got very lucky; we got to listen to the beautiful organ music, the sun was setting, illuminating the cathedral beautifully, and, most importantly, our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. ^_^
Daniel
March 2020
Highly recommend this tour! Our guide, Mike, was super knowledgeable and funny too! A very unique experience and something I would suggest to anyone visiting NYC!
Madilyn
March 2020
I’ve already recommended this tour to multiple friends and family members. As other reviews state, it is a group tour but groups were fairly small. Our guides were enthusiastic and entertaining and really did a great job. Highly recommend.
LaDonna
January 2020
It is a okay experience! I didnt realize it was a company that did the tour. I was looking for the personal touch. Thank you for the experience tho
Chetra
January 2020
Bring your family friends and loved ones to this wonderful experience. The location and the history is inspiring. Because of logistical issues Thomas arrange for an Uber to get me to an important appointment. You cannot ask more from a host. This experience is fascinating. Go many times with all your different friends. That's what I'm going to do!
Bring your family friends and loved ones to this wonderful experience. The location and the history is inspiring. Because of logistical issues Thomas arrange for an Uber to get me…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 4 and up can attend.

What to bring

Face Mask