Discover the most thrilling secrets hidden at Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral Nolita/Little Italy!

Catholic Catacombs

Catacombs in New York City

Enjoy this fascinating 90 minute tour that introduces you to all of the hidden secrets of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Enter off limits areas including the the two walled cemeteries and the catacombs beneath. For over 200 years, the Catacombs of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral have served as the final resting place for the faithful 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.


Cemeteries of Old St. Patrick's

The cemetery grounds of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral were initially established on May 23rd 1801 as a cemetery for St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church on the corner of Barclay and Church Streets in lower Manhattan.  Shortly after the Catholic Diocese of New York was formed by Pope Pius VII on April 8, 1808, the decision was made to build the Cathedral for Diocese here. You will get to visit both cemeteries that are normally off-limits to the public and hear stories of prominent Catholics laid to rest here when you take the Catacombs by Candlelight Tour.   Our cemeteries are still active for burial today.


Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral was not only the very first Catholic Cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York, it was also the Original St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This church is often confused with St. Patrick’s Cathedral across from Rockefeller Center in Midtown. This was also the very first Catholic Church in the United States named in honor of the Apostle of Ireland, St. Patrick. The Church would be elevated to a Basilica Minor status by Pope Benedict the XVII on December 5th 2010, 1 year after it’s 200th Anniversary. The interior of the Basilica is included in the Catacombs by Candlelight Tour.

Read about us in the New York Times


THE SECRETS OF A SACRED UNDERGROUND  article by Helene Stapinski, photos by Delvin Yalkin

Book Public Tour

Click here to buy tickets for one of our regularly scheduled timeslots Thursday to Mondays.  You have 8 timeslots to choose from beginning at 10:30am.  Last one at 4:15pm

Passholder Reservations

If you  have a Go City Pass or New York Pass then click here to make your pass reservations.

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Private and Corporate Catacombs Tours

We offer Private and Corporate Group Tours of the Catacombs by Candlelight.  Click here to learn more.


Please check-in for the Catacombs by Candlelight Tour at the red pin on the map above. We are located at 266 Mulberrry Street NY NY 10012. You can find us between Houston and Prince Streets in Little Italy/NOLITA. See the photo of the building we are in.


Catacombs By Candlelight


266 Mulberry Street NY NY 10012


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