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Catacombs by Candelight Tour


It is by far one of the most significant collection of tombs in the country historically. Underneath the nave of this 200 year old church are the crypts that have been a silent witness to the many struggles and accomplishments of prominent New Yorkers. Just recently, the Basilica decided that it was time to open the underground crypts for public touring. Get tickets and don't miss your chance!


The Catacombs by Candlelight Tour is the only way to get access to the catacombs beneath the Old Cathedral – this guided tour will take you into the nave of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral – where you’ll explore the faithfully departed’s final resting place in the historic crypts.

For over 200 years the catacombs have served as the final resting place for noteworthy New Yorkers who’ve played important roles in Catholic, New York and American history.

Most of the vault inhabitants in the crypt are bankers, lawyers, captains of industry, merchants, politicians, and even a Civil War-era general. Among those buried are Bishops, the Delmonico family, General Thomas Eckert (a confidant of Abraham Lincoln), Honest John Kelly of Tammany Hall, John Connolly (the first resident Bishop of New York), and many more.

The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral is the only Catholic Cemetery in Manhattan and a historic landmark church and an active Parish.

The New York Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for Catacombs by Candlelight Tour tickets, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

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Tour meeting point

The entrance of Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral Kiosk

Tour Timings:

The tour starts at 12:30 PM every day of the week

Tour Duration

Your tour duration is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes


Your ticket is valid only for the date and time of your scheduled

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Moderate Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund.

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My Tickets

On the day of your experience, display your mobile voucher with a valid photo ID at the tour meeting point located at the entrance of Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral Kiosk (32 Prince St, Manhattan, 10012)

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32 Prince St, Manhattan, 10012, New York

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