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St. Patrick's Cathedral Official Audio Tour in New York, NY

Attractions4Us50th Street & 5th AvenueNew York, NY 10022
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Overview

Experience an enriching St. Patrick's Cathedral tour in New York City. Completed in 1878 after the American Civil War, immerse in the rich history and marvel at the stained-glass windows and ornate designs at your own pace. The cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture and remains one of the most iconic landmarks in the heart of Manhattan.

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Good To Know

  • An approximately 2-hour self-guided tour with about an hour-long pre-recorded narration by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest decorated Neo-Gothic-style Catholic cathedral in North America, was designed by 19th-century architect James Renwick Jr.
  • Located right in the heart of Manhattan, across the street from Saks Fifth Avenue, half a mile from Rockefeller Center.
  • Show your e-voucher to secure a visitor's pass at the "will call" desk in St. Patrick's gift shop at 15 E 51 St., across the street from the cathedral.
  • Please show your pass to security at the entry. Bags are subject to search, so only bring the essentials. Do not bring any luggage.
  • Find peace and serenity as you step inside, even when surrounded by the bustling streets of New York City. Visitors of all faiths are welcome.
  • Keep in mind that the cathedral remains to be an active place of worship, so please respect the solemnity of the space.
  • Wear weather-appropriate, comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Dress modestly.

Description

from St. Patrick's Cathedral Official Self-Guided Audio Tour
Explore St. Patrick's Cathedral New York City at your own pace with the official audio tour narrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. Opened in 1879, St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest decorated Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral in North America and covers an entire city block. Clad in marble and adorned with dozens of stained glass windows, the Cathedral is Manhattan's most distinctive landmark and a must-see destination.

Discover its captivating history and magnificent architecture, including 60,000 pieces of stained glass and sculpted bronze doors. The 50-minute audio-visual tour also features the pulpit, sanctuary, altar of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the Kennedys, Michelangelo, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Rose Window, beloved saints, including St Patrick—the famous Irish Saint, and more. Stand in front of the Virgin Mary. Notice the flowers and foliage in the Cathedral's architecture.
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Frequently Asked Questions about St. Patrick's Cathedral Official Self-Guided Audio Tour

Where is St. Patrick's Cathedral located?

The St. Patrick's Cathedral is at 50th Street & 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022. The cathedral is in Midtown Manhattan, not to be confused with The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Lower Manhattan. It's located right in the heart of Manhattan, across E 50th Street from Saks Fifth Avenue, 0.1 mile from Rockefeller Center, and more NYC establishments.

Is it near public transportation?

Yes, the cathedral is 0.5 mile away from Grand Central Terminal, 0.1 mile from 5 Av./53 St. subway station, and across Madison Avenue from Madison Av. & East 51 St. bus stop.

What should I bring?

Bring a fully charged smartphone and headphones. The audio tour includes the use of a tablet but on a first-come, first-serve basis. The tablet is subject to availability, but disposable headphones are provided.

How long is the tour?

The pre-recorded narration of the self-guided tour is approximately an hour long. Allow about two hours to tour St. Patrick's Cathedral at your own pace.

When is the best time to do the self-guided tour?

Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral any time between 9AM and 6PM daily, subject to change without prior notice. Best to do the self-guided tour when there's no ongoing mass or in the morning to avoid the crowd. Last entry to the cathedral is an hour before closing.

Is the recorded audio narration only available in English?

No, it's also available in Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese.

Is the self-guided tour recommended for children?

Yes, absolutely! There's also a dedicated kid's version of the audio tour offered.

Is St. Patrick's Cathedral wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the cathedral has a ramped entrance on the left side of the building, on the corner of E 51st St. and 5th Avenue.