Deep below New York City’s bustling streets, historic catacombs within the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral await your exploration. Through an exclusive tour, visitors will gain access to parts of the church that are otherwise off-limits to visitors. The historic space, located in Nolita at 266 Mulberry Street, is over 200 years old and has played a major role in NYC history. And now, you can get a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the famous cathedral.
Dating all the way back to 1879, this iconic Catholic cathedral is over 140 years old and serves as a historical landmark. It was the first cathedral church for the Diocese of New York (created in 1808 by Pope Pius VII), the second ever Catholic church in Manhattan, and third ever Catholic church in all of New York State. Designed by Joseph Francois Mangin (who also designed New York City Hall), this Catholic Church became the largest in the country when it was erected in 1815.
From that point on, many of NYC’s religious figures have passed through their doors, from the first priest in 1820, Rev. Richard Bulger, to Pope Pius IX!
Fast forward to 2023 where now you can join in on history. This enlightening experience will take you through a series of mysterious tunnels and passageways within the church, as well as two ancient outdoor cemeteries and the Basilica’s interior. Given its long-standing history in the city, the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral remains the final resting place of Bishops, famous New Yorkers and other significant figures in Catholic, New York and American history.
Tickets for this thrilling 80-minute catacombs experience start at $37 for adults and $32 for children and seniors (tours will be running at a limited capacity of 25 people maximum). Visitors will meet their guide at a convenient location in Lower Manhattan before following them to St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral to get a look at two walled cemeteries, the stunning church and the catacombs.