Catacombs by Candlelight Tour

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Catacombs by Candlelight Tour
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    This attraction requires advanced booking.

What you'll do

Dive into the deep history of New York and discover what exists under the streets of the city on the  Catacombs by Candlelight Tour.

Explore The Catacombs by Candlelight with The New York Pass®

  • Pay nothing at the door - simply show your pass.
  • Enjoy an in-depth 1.5-hour tour under St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. 
  • Learn about the city's history from beneath it's streets.

About the Catacombs by Candlelight Tour

Delve beneath St. Patrick’s Basilica into New York's underground passages and explore the historic Catacombs led by atmospheric candlelight.

This 1.5-hour guided tour will take you into the nave of the Basillica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral where you will explore the faithfully departed's final resting place in the historic crypts. You'll get to view New York City's underground tunnels and passageways as you explore the historic Catacombs.


New York City's catacombs are located beneath the historic streets of lower Manhattan, and they provide an interesting experience that appeals to both local residents and tourists. A Catacombs by Candlelight tour is a unique opportunity to explore these hidden spaces while also learning about the city's history.

When you go on a tour of the New York catacombs, you will be guided by an expert who will narrate the history related to it. The passageways are dimly illuminated, and candlelight casts a surreal atmosphere that enhances the sense of intrigue and awe as you descend further into this underground world.

The Catacombs by Candlelight tour provides an exclusive opportunity to explore the secret stories and histories of the city. You'll discover information about the people buried in these subterranean chambers and learn about the events that influenced their development over time. This memorable experience will give you a greater understanding of the deep history beneath New York City's streets.

Visiting the catacombs of New York by candlelight provides a unique historical exploration. The flickering light, grandiose ceilings, and intricate carvings create an atmosphere that can be ideal for intimate events, private tours or a special evening out with friends or loved ones.

The Catacombs by Candlelight tour offers a unique experience that blends history, mystery, and a touch of macabre. Those who traverse the shadowy corridors and uncover secrets of the past will be rewarded with a deeper understanding and appreciation of New York City's hidden history.

The NYC Catacombs offer an engaging journey into a hidden world. History enthusiasts, mystery seekers, and visitors looking for an unforgettable experience can take the Catacombs by Candlelight tour which will likely be a captivating experience.

Catacombs by Candlelight highlights

The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral serves as a resting ground for some of New York's most noteworthy Catholics. The grounds have been home to important Catholic New Yorkers for over 200 years and is Manhattan's only Catholic cemetery.

Catacombs facts

  • The baptism scene in the movie The Godfather was filmed inside St. Patrick's Old Cathedral.
  • The interior of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral was destroyed by a fire in 1866 but after reconstruction was opened once again on St. Patrick's Day of 1868.



Q. What are the Catacombs of New York City?
A. The Catacombs of New York City is a vast network of underground passageways and chambers that have been in existence for hundreds of years. The catacombs were previously used as refuge for immigrants fleeing Europe during World War II and grain storage during the Revolutionary War, but today they provide an immersive look at NYC's fascinating history beneath its bustling streets.

Q. Where can I find the Catacombs of New York City?
A. The Catacombs of New York City can be found in both Borough Park, Brooklyn and East Harlem, Manhattan.

Q. What kind of experiences are available at the Catacombs?
A. Visitors to the Catacombs can take part in interactive tours led by expert guides who will provide insight into the past while exploring rarely seen parts of NYC's underground history by candlelight. Tours also offer glimpses into historic sites such as Colonial taverns and structures still standing from centuries prior!

Q. Are there any special events held in the Catacombs?
A. Yes! The Catacombs regularly host unique events such as photography classes, live theatre performances, and Underground Bar Crawls among more unique activities for visitors to enjoy!

Q. Are there any safety precautions I should take when visiting the Catacombs?
A. It is recommended that visitors wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for potential low temperatures when visiting the catacombs as well as bring a flashlight or small form of illumination to enhance their exploration experience! Additionally, it is important to heed all instructions given by your tour guide when touring the catacombs for safe navigation through its narrow passages and chambers.

Q. Is there an age restriction when visiting the Catacombs?
A. All ages are welcome to visit the Catacombs but children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times due to safety reasons regarding navigating its dark passageways and chambers!

Know before you go

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Booking required

This attraction requires advanced booking.

Getting In: Show your pass at the ticket kiosk located outside 266 Mulberry Street (between Houston and Prince Street). During inclement weather, the ticket kiosk may move inside the building.

Please Note: The tour of the Catacombs takes place in the undercroft of the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, which is an active parish. Since the catacombs are active for burial, there may occasionally be a funeral, internment, or someone paying respects. The tour may be adjusted around such events.

For more information visit the Catacombs by Candlelight Tours website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

Friday - Monday
Tours are offered throughout the day. The schedule varies. Check the Tommy's New York website for the most up-to-date tour times and to make your reservation.

Catacombs by Candlelight Tour

(212) 300-7683

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