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St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City: Our most recommended tours and activities

New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

1. New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

Immerse yourself in the food culture of Little Italy on a 2-hour tasting tour, and visit 4 different venues in the famous New York neighborhood. Every venue you will visit is more than a century old, and the tastings will make up the equivalent of a 4-course lunch. Start at Parisi Bakery, loved by Frank Sinatra for its prosciutto-infused bread. Then, visit the family-owned Alleva Dairy, where more than 4,000 pounds of fresh mozzarella and ricotta are whipped up each week at America’s oldest cheese shop. Go to the oldest pizzeria in America, Lombardi's Pizza, and take a peek at their 106-year-old coal oven. Skip the lines (among New York’s longest since 1892) at Ferrara Bakery. Your guide will point out movie locations from blockbuster films, such as “The Godfather,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Mean Streets,” and “Sex and the City” along the way. See the bootlegging depot from the days of Prohibition, discover a square named after New York’s first Italian detective, and peek inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to see where high-profile weddings and memorials take place. Hear stories behind the historic landmarks as you stroll, and learn more about the immigrant experience at the turn of the 20th-century in New York.

NYC: St. Patrick's Cathedral Official Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. NYC: St. Patrick's Cathedral Official Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore St Patrick's Cathedral, the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the United States. Taking up an entire city block, the cathedral first opened in 1879 and is considered one of New York City’s finest buildings.  Present your pass at the Cathedral gift shop to gain expedited entry and your multi-lingual audio guide. You can also download the tour onto your own personal device and use your own personal headphones. Once you are inside the cathedral, the experience is self-guided. You can listen to the audio tour and explore the Cathedral at your own pace. The audio tour is narrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and is approximately 1 hour long. It is recommended to allow up to 1.5 hours as you may wish to pause the audio tour at times to enjoy features like the Lady Chapel, the towering twin spires, and the 9000 lbs bronze doors which can be opened by a single person. You can also explore the main altar, the stained glass windows and the Pieta sculpture which is 3 times the size of Michelangelo's. The Cathedral has 21 altars and 19 bells, each named after a different saint. Babe Ruth, Andy Warhol and Robert F. Kennedy all had memorial masses here.

New York Christmas Holiday Tour of Manhattan

3. New York Christmas Holiday Tour of Manhattan

Meet your guide in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral and get the chance to go inside to see the interior decorated for Christmas. Continue to the Rockefeller Center, famous for its winter ice rink and magical Christmas tree. Learn how the complex of buildings became such a popular place for holiday celebrations. Take a souvenir photo of the famous Christmas tree. Then, walk to Radio City Music Hall, where the Rockettes create magic every day. Move down town to the Bryant Park Holiday Market and walk past the window displays of the 5th Avenue shops. End in front of Macy's and learn the history of the world's largest department store.

NYC: Midtown Walking Tour with SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Ticket

4. NYC: Midtown Walking Tour with SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Ticket

Explore many of the major landmarks in Midtown Manhattan on a walking tour led by a local guide versed in all things Manhattan. Then use your included ticket to experience the newest observation deck in Manhattan, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, located next to Grand Central Station. Meet your guide just under the marquee at Radio City Music Hall and explore the iconic sites located throughout the Rockefeller Center (30 Rock) including the Channel Gardens, the site of the world-famous skating rink and NBC Studios - to take a quick peek through the Today Show's windows. Then on Fifth Avenue, there are stops at Saks Fifth Avenue, the historic St. Patrick's Cathedral and NY Public Library, guarded by Patience and Fortitude, the majestic marble lions. Your guide will take you through the Main Hall of Central Station, known worldwide from TV and movies. See highlights like the brass clock, the celestial ceiling, and the Whispering Wall - you're going to hear Grand Central's secrets firsthand. At the end of the guided walking tour, enter the thrilling experience of SUMMIT One Vanderbilt where you can enjoy the immersive, multi-sensory views that exist here and nowhere else. Each viewpoint is a combination of immersive art-exhibit combined with unparalleled views across Manhattan.

Secrets of New York Alternate Sights

5. Secrets of New York Alternate Sights

On this full day tour, we cover a lot! Stroll through some of New York’s oldest neighborhoods: the Financial District (including Wall Street), Tribeca, Midtown Manhattan, and more. Discover the origins of New York with a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian. Walk through hidden alleys and secret passageways. See the hidden tennis court of Grand Central Terminal. The tennis court can be reserved if you want to play. Journey high above Manhattan and visit an elevated park with rooftop views of the New York harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. Admire a miniature rainforest growing inside of an office building. There is more but it's a secret. Join us and see why people have said this tour is a "must do" when exploring the city.

New York City: Holiday Lights Extravaganza Walking Tour

6. New York City: Holiday Lights Extravaganza Walking Tour

It's that most joyous time of year once again. It's time for hot cocoa and eggnog, holiday shopping and decorating, family and friends, it's a time to experience a holiday lights extravaganza like no other! Each year, magic seems to fill the air as the holidays transform New York City into a spectacular, awe-filled, winter fairyland that's bursting with fun activities, holiday cheer, smiling faces and the hustle and bustle brought about by the holidays. This holiday season, embark on a fun-filled 3 to 4-hour walking tour as you experience all the magic of this very special time of the year. You will visit the stunning (and gigantic) Rockefeller Center Christmas tree adorned with over 30,000 miniature lights and a 9.5-foot wide Swarovski crystal star, amid a plaza of heralding angels, snowflakes and 25-foot toy soldiers. You will visit famous retailer windows decked out with magnificent holiday displays of twinkling lights, bows, beads, glitter and motorized decorations. Your walking tour promises to be jam-packed with visits and views of NYC's most beautiful and extreme holiday-decorated spots. To minimize your experience through Manhattan's heavily-trafficked streets while maximizing your enjoyment of beautiful, and more numerous places visited, you will explore Manhattan's holiday lights like true New Yorkers, utilizing the city's underground subway system.

New York: Midtown Manhattan City Exploration Game

7. New York: Midtown Manhattan City Exploration Game

Imagine you’re a young reporter who has just moved to New York City in hopes to make your “big break.” You’ve recently received a lead that suggests magic is here in Midtown! Your lead instructs you to meet him in Grand Central, where he’ll provide you with everything you need to discover a Secret Society of Magical Persons. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? The city game starts at the Grand Central Station. It will take you around 1.5 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at The Plaza Hotel. After your booking. you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

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What people are saying about St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 216 reviews

Friendly guide that showed us tons of places that we never would have found on our own. Great thing about her was that she was very flexible and able to adjust the tour according to what different people wanted to see. There was a ton of walking and with seeing so many sites in a group there were places that we liked that we had to rush through for the sake of time. Sandy, our guide, did her best to give us breaks which we appreciated. Also I would add that though the guide told us things about every place we didn't really go into great depth at any one location, but with but the amount of places we visited that would have been hard. Overall we had a good time and appreciated that Sandy really does go out of her way to show everybody what they want to see. If you are up for some walking we recommend this tour.

Great tour. Our guide communicated via text early on tour day to ensure we knew the meeting point. Tour was informative, the guide was fun, and adjusted the tour to accommodate our fast walking and interest in a few places. Food was delicious at every stop and some of the best pizza we have ever eaten. Very pleased to have done this tour - good value. We were a party of 5 with two 50+ and 3 young adults - we all loved it.

Lee was a great guide. He knew his information and was very personable. Loved that we got shoed off a corner in front of the restaurant, true NY experience. The pizza at the end was so delicious!

Nice tour with a nice guide! He knew a lot about buildings, filming and history of the area. it was a nice experience, i definitely recommend it!

Knowledgeable and goes above and beyond to make the tour interesting.