Catacombs of New York: Uncover St. Patrick's Cathedral Secrets
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New York
Uncover the secrets of the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York City. Explore the off-limits areas, including the two walled cemeteries and the mysterious catacombs beneath the cathedral. Discover the final resting place of prominent New York Catholics and learn about their contributions to Catholic, New York, and American history.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral - New York Catacombs by Candlelight Group Tour
What's Included
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges included
  • Expert guidance from professional guides
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Embark on an intriguing 90-minute group journey that reveals the hidden mysteries of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Gain access to restricted sites such as the twin walled graveyards and a private tour of the CATACOMBS beneath the Old Cathedral. For over two centuries, the CATACOMBS of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral have been a chosen place for eternal rest. This heritage-rich spot has silently observed the numerous challenges and triumphs of distinguished New York Catholics. It is a place where bishops lie next to eminent New Yorkers who have significantly influenced Catholic, New York, and American history.

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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Lourdes_t
Jun 8, 2024
Great tour & great guide - Great tour with a knowledgeable tour guide. Highly recommend. So much history! Incredibly beautiful church.
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Tracyke4186cu
Jun 5, 2024
NYC History More People Need to Know About! - I am a native New Yorker & kept hearing about this tour & finally decided to do it. I had no idea this little church held such a big part of NYC’s history! Behind its 200+ year old walls, Marlene, our super smart & thorough guide, taught us the most incredible things about “the Pope’s Church”. Established in 1801 as a cemetery for St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, this landmark went on to become the first Catholic Cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York. After practicing their religion in secret, Catholics, mostly Irish, finally had a place to worship. Anti- Catholic gangs set fires to a lot of structures, including orphanages. If you’ve seen Gangs of New York or the Godfather III, this Church might look familiar. Martin Scorsese went to the Catholic school across the street & attended the church as a child! Apparently comedian, Jim Gaffigan, attends mass here on Sundays. The catacombs beneath the city's first St. Patrick's Cathedral, were built more than 200 years ago. It is the only active cemetery in Manhattan with 33 families, 5 priests, & 2 bishops buried here. The Countess Anna Leary, a Philanthropist & financier, the famous Delmonico Family, & Thomas T. Eckert who was a close personal friend & confidant of President Abraham Lincoln are all buried here. It is such an unassuming structure, mostly because after a fire in 1866, most of the money raised went to build what we know as St Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Ave & the original Basilica was rebuilt to be more modest. Catholics had outgrown the original space & the new building was constructed near to the Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Morgan, & tycoon mansions to attract them. The Basilica is so important to the history of this great City. I really appreciate the preservation of the building & learning about its importance. Thank you!
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Jocelynn_c
Jun 2, 2024
Catacombs - The tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the tour. The location is beautiful and well kept. The history is astounding and I didn’t know a lot of it. I highly recommend.
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635vincentn
Jun 1, 2024
Excellent and Memorable - This is a tour of a quirky and unexpected place in NYC, deeply tucked away in Old New York. I found it fascinating and enjoyable. Our tour guide, Marlene, was superlative! She is deeply knowledgeable and interested in the Catacombs of Old St. Patrick’s Church. I found her tour charming and accessible. If you have an interest in quirky and unexpected places, steeped in lore and history, then I hope you will enjoy the Catacombs of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, just as I did. Not a tour for children or teenagers, unless the teens have an interest in early New York and in thoroughly unique places such as Catacombs.
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Leah_t
May 31, 2024
Amazing tour. Very... - Amazing tour. Very informative and beautiful. Very different than anything else I did in NYC. Totally worth it!!
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Kimberlie_m
May 30, 2024
Amazing experience - Loved it all but was so fascinated by the numbers of unmarked graves in the cemetery. The history is so rich. I’ve been a long fan of The Gangs of New York, this gave me more insight!
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Tkcasares
May 28, 2024
Great tour - Jimmy Boyle was very interesting and knowledgeable. Did not know the catacombs even existed. The tour was just long enough.
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W8790qefional
May 27, 2024
Fun and informative tour. - Just got back from a fun, informative and fascinating tour of the catacombs. Not what we thought! This is not a hokey ghost tour. It was an authentic retelling of the history of New York and the cathedral. We particularly appreciated the real stories of the people who used the church and all of their challenges. The catacombs are peaceful and a beautiful tribute to those who rest below the church. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and shared some personal experiences. Thank you so much!
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Mary_v
May 27, 2024
Interesting tour - Informative tour guide, Leo, so learned a lot about 19th-20th century NYC. Not your popular tour of NY but interesting.
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Jessica_b
Jun 11, 2024
Not terrible but not great - The guide was friendly and knowledgeable but it's more of a Catholic history lesson and less of a catacombs tour. You are in the catacombs for about 15 minutes or less. Most the time is spent above ground on the church property.
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