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.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular & St. Patrick's Cathedral

3. Radio City Christmas Spectacular & St. Patrick's Cathedral

Enjoy singing, dancing, and humor with Nativity scenes. The Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes is an annual musical holiday stage show presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The 90-minute show features Santa Clause, more than 140 performers, and an original musical score.  The NYC Rockettes' performance of "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity" has been in every edition of the annual show up to the present day. The Rockettes will dance to Here Comes Santa Claus, Dress like Rag Dolls, and much more.  This package includes a self-guided audio tour of St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the United States. Enjoy the fully decorated cathedral during the holiday season. 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. St Patrick's Cathedral audio tour is available in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and French.

New York City: Christmas Holiday Tour of Manhattan

4. New York City: 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: Downtown Tour & Optional One World Observatory Ticket

5. NYC: Downtown Tour & Optional One World Observatory Ticket

Welcome to New York, the city that never sleeps! Get a real feel for the city as you take to its streets and subways with a local guide and experience what Manhattan has to offer. Your full-day tour begins when you meet your guide in Times Square, at the statue of renowned lyricist and composer George M. Cohan. Hear about the history of Times Square and learn how a horse trading market became the most famous intersection in the world. Head out along New York’s Theater District, which for a hundred years has been the center of the world for actors, playwrights, and artists from around the globe. Visit 30 Rockefeller Center and continue east to Fifth Avenue, the world's most expensive street, lined with elegant storefronts such as Saks and Bergdorf Goodman. Stop to admire Patrick’s Cathedral, the New York Public Library, and the Chrysler Building before stepping beneath the arching dome of Grand Central, where there’s a stop to buy lunch with choices for most dietary restrictions.  After lunch you’ll hop on the subway like a true New Yorker and head downtown to Wall Street, where you can rub the nose of the Wall Street Bull for good luck! Walk through the financial capital of the world and head to Battery Park, where the ferry awaits to show you the Statue of Liberty. The Staten Island ferry will not stop on Liberty Island, but will sail past it for a view of Lady Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline. Upon returning, your guide will take you to visit the 9/11 Memorial. At the conclusion of your tour you will be admitted to The Observatory at the One World Trade Center Tower (also know as "Freedom Tower"). This panoramic observation deck is a marvel of engineering and architecture. The program begins in the lobby of the Freedom Tower with "Voices" - a film dedicated to the men and women of the World Trade Towers and the new One World Trade Center. You will then take the "Sky Pod" elevator, which rises 1,250 feet in the air in 60 seconds. The Observation Deck begins on the 102nd floor with the See Forever Theater and moves down to the 100th floor, where the main observation deck is situated. Immersive LED displays, interactive touch screen video, and dining options mean there's plenty to do, but the true draw is the view - hundreds of feet above even the impressive New York Skyline stretching across all of Manhattan. The Itinerary Times Square Broadway Theater District Rockefeller Center St. Patrick’s Cathedral Fifth Ave Shops New York Public Library Chrysler Building Grand Central Terminal New York City Subway Charging Bull Alexander Hamilton Customs House Canyon of Heroes/Ticker Tape Parade Route Brooklyn Bridge Statue of Liberty and NYC Skyline via Staten Island Ferry Trinity Church National 9/11 Memorial Wall Street New York Stock Exchange Federal Hall One World Observatory (ticket included)

New York City: Sightseeing Walking Tour with Food Tastings

6. New York City: Sightseeing Walking Tour with Food Tastings

Your walking tour begins on the world-famous Wall Street, the oldest part of Manhattan. Admire some of the city’s most iconic buildings that line the street, pass by the sombering Ground Zero, and see the famous Charging Bull statue outside the New York Stock Exchange. Head to Greenwich Village next and walk through Five Points, Chinatown, and Little Italy. Feel immersed in the unique and truly vibrant atmosphere of these vastly different New York neighborhoods. From your informative guide, learn about the fascinating history of these areas and the people that live here. Continue the tour onto the iconic Flatiron Building then head across to the High Line and Hudson Bay Yard. Afterwards, take the subway to Times Square and then explore 5th Avenue. From here, marvel at a selection of sights including the NBC Studios, Museum of Modern Art, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and more. Throughout the tour, stop at 4 local eateries and taste the very best food that New York City has to offer. Immerse yourself in the traditional flavors of the city including a hot dog with all the trimmings, an authentic New York pizza slice, delicious dumplings from Chinatown, and a tasty Italian cannoli.

New York City: Half-Day Tour

7. New York City: Half-Day Tour

Spend the day visiting New York City’s most iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. See St. Patrick's Cathedral and check out the wonderful views of New York as you travel by City Bus and Subway. Expert narration as we visit the Statue of Liberty, 911 Memorial, Little Italy, Times Square, , and more.   In this experience, the group will visit Little Italy for a pastry snack. Continue your tour over to the Wall Street area, where you can check out Trinity Church, Federal Hall, and the Charging Bull statue, an enduring symbol of optimism and prosperity.   The second highlight of your tour will be a visit to the Statue of Liberty, which you’ll access by taking the ferry to Liberty Island. Access the pedestal portion of the statue, where you can get panoramic views of Ellis Island, New Jersey, and New York. Visit the new museum on Liberty Island, which chronicles the development and creation of this symbol of freedom.   Your tour will visit the somber 9/11 Memorial, located at the former location of the Twin Towers. Afterwards, you’ll be dropped off at Times Square to continue your exploration of the city in this exciting square.

Electric Bike Tour: Classic Manhattan And More!

8. Electric Bike Tour: Classic Manhattan And More!

It’s electric! On your e-bike tour of New York City, you won't believe how much you’ll get to see! Join the group to see all the classic sites of Manhattan on your pedal assist e-bikes. You won’t stop grinning from the exhilaration of this pedal assist e-bike tour. You’ll start with a short ride to Central Park where you'll visit a few of the city’s iconic sites. Next, you'll zoom down 7th Avenue to Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On the route, you’ll see Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, where you will experience the energy of Broadway. You won’t forget the Flatiron Building or the ride up the Hudson River Greenway back to the Upper West Side—a fun and energizing way to see the city!

New York City: Statue of Liberty and Top Sights Walking Tour

9. New York City: Statue of Liberty and Top Sights Walking Tour

Start your 5-hour walking bright and early, heading down to Wall Street, the oldest part of Manhattan. Admire the iconic buildings, from modern skyscrapers to Arc Deco towers. Pass Ground Zero, and see the famous Charging Bull statue outside the New York Stock Exchange. Continue to Greenwich Village through Five Points, Chinatown, and Little Italy, all the while picking up history and local insight from your expert guide. Head to the Rockefeller Center, past The Flatiron Building, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, Times Square, New York Public Library, and the Chrysler Building. The urban oasis of Central Park is your next destination. Sights along the way include the NBC Studios, Radio City Music Hall, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Station, Carnegie Hall, and more. Stroll through the most famous park in America, then finish your tour at the Guggenheim.  Then, visit the Statue of Liberty on your schedule — with your voucher, feel free to go before or after the tour.

NYC: Midtown Walking Tour with SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Ticket

10. 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.

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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 277 reviews

This tour was exactly what we were looking for - an experience that wasn't on a bus, but rather something that allowed us to get a feel for NYC. Our guide was Mindy, and we really enjoyed her. She was full of knowledge and fun facts. Our love of theater and movies fit right in with interests too. She made us feel like we were with a relative who was showing us all the touristy highlights - which is exactly what we wanted! Would definitely recommend this tour.

Our tour guide Mindy C. was fantastic. She was funny, knowledgeable, and personable. We hit all the highlights of NYC at a good pace. I would highly recommend this tour if you have to day to spare. It took 7 hours, but it flew by!

I had to go across the street to the gift shop to meet for the guide. Was able to download an audio app. Very informative and made the experience much better

Our tour guide, Lyonel, was great. Has lots of information and great food choices. Went with our daughter and son in law and we all enjoyed it.

Bobby is very knowledgeable, and friendly. Great experience!