St. Patrick's Cathedral

#4 in Best Things To Do in New York City
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Key Info

14 East 51st Street

Price & Hours

Free
6:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m. daily; tours at 10 a.m.

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.9

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This sprawling cathedral sits amid the hustle and distinctively secular bustle of Rockefeller Center. But that doesn't take away from its otherworldly vibe. Whether you're religious or just making an architectural pilgrimage, you can't help but be impressed by St. Patrick's. 

Travelers love the small historical church's beauty and stained glass windows but say you don't have to carve out too much time to see it. Previous vacationers also suggest visiting at Christmastime to really see the church in all its glory. 

If you're hopping the subway to St. Patrick's, take the B, D, F or M train to the Rockefeller Center stop. You can visit from 6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. each day, plus there's Mass every day of the week. Visit the church's official website for specific service times. And if you don't have the time or energy to tour St. Patrick's, keep in mind that you can still get a great bird's-eye view of the cathedral from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center

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“Central Park is fantastic year-round, and is a must-see for anyone coming to New York," says Josephine Danielson, head concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. "People may not realize Central Park has several hidden treasures. If you’re looking for something different, I tell guests to visit the Conservatory Garden." 

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