New York Catacombs by Candlelight

158 Reviews | New York City, USA

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Enjoy this fascinating 90 minute group tour that introduces you to all of the secrets of the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. Enter off limits areas like the two walled cemeteries and an exclusive experience in the CATACOMBS beneath the Old Cathedral. For over 200 years, the CATACOMBS of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral has served as the final resting place for the departed. This unique and historic place has been a silent witness to the many struggles and accomplishments of prominent New York Catholics. It is where bishops rest beside noteworthy New Yorkers who have played defining roles in Catholic, New York and American history.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Small-group tour



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Average 4.77 out of 5 stars based on 158 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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nicole, Jun 2021 Verified
Mike was a great tour guide, very Knowledgeable! Thank you! I would recommend this tour for anyone interested in the history of the church and surrounding areas!
Eric, Jun 2021 Verified
Leo was an amazing guide! He is extremely knowledgeable, polite, and very funny. He made the occasion educational and fun, while preserving the solemn respect that should be shown in such places.
Angie, May 2021 Verified
Loved the tour leader!! He was so informative but also funny! Definitely a great tour!! Learned a lot about the history of the church and the area around it!
Mario O, May 2021 Verified
It was an amazing experience! The guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer questions. He also allowed the crowd to explore and take as many pictures as we wished.
Keith, May 2021 Verified
Mike was charismatic, charming and a genuine host. Very knowledgeable of the grounds, honest and most importantly informative! The church is a beautiful monument of the past. A rich living history exists there and worth knowing about.
jennybellanca, May 2021 Verified
Our tour guide Dan was exceptional. Extremely knowledgeable and personable and made the tour exquisite.
Elizabeth D, May 2021 Verified
It was very informative and something different to see. The guide knew what he was taking about and wasn’t boring. Definitely recommend!
C3MOM, Mar 2021 Verified
Great tour, something different from the routine. Tour guide was very knowledgeable...enjoyed learning a bit of New York history. If you have been to the catacombs in Rome, this is very different, more what I picture as a mausoleum than catacombs but having learnt the definitions during the tour, I was wrong. :-).
Joseph, Feb 2021 Verified
Dan was an awesome and knowledgeable guide. The structure itself is awesome, with some graves over 200 years old and the catacombs are eerily beautiful.
Mark F, Feb 2021 Verified
Great history and our tour guide was very nice. You tour the church and grounds then head into the catacombs. A fun experience and not too long.

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