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New York ghost tours: Everything you need to know

Travel through the city’s history on New York ghost tours and experience behind-the-scenes spots at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Later, dare yourself to explore one of the most haunted areas of New York: Greenwich Village.

What should you expect on a ghost tour in New York?

  • Be prepared for plenty of walking on a ghost tour in New York. However, if you don’t like walking (or if you would just like to stay seated), look for ghost tours with transportation.
  • You’ll have expert info at hand because tours are led by a knowledgeable local guide. You’ll even have the chance to ask for tips, suggestions, and secret spots to visit, like restaurants and bars, during your time in New York.
  • For those of us who like to be extra spooked, smaller group tours are also available. Just don’t lose your partner!
  • Please note the following points before booking to ensure that you are well prepared. Don’t forget to always check the details before booking.
  • Be prepared for plenty of walking on a ghost tour in New York. However, if you don’t like walking (or if you would just like to stay seated), try to find a ghost bus tour.
  • Ensure that you come on a full stomach or with food and drinks, as they aren’t included.
  • Keep in mind that some tours aren’t suitable for children due to their content (it’s just that gory), so you’ll want to check before booking. Sometimes travelers with mobility issues may find the tours a little more challenging, so if you’re in doubt, ask before booking.

How long are most New York ghost tours?

You can expect most tours to last no longer than two hours and to take place early in the evening.

What makes New York City known for its ghost tours?

The city has a long and vast history, which makes it one of the best places for you to visit to see spooky sights. The concrete jungle is home to many stories that most people (probably you too) haven’t heard of.

Dare to be scared and experience a new side to New York with exclusive access to haunted places. With every step you take through the city, you’ll walk through New York’s past.

Fun facts and the history of ghosts in New York City:

You may have heard about the infamous Triangle Factory Fire, which was a tragic event that led to the death of nearly 150 people. During tours to Greenwich Village, you’ll visit this spot, as well as a haunted restaurant, where ghosts from 200 years ago have been seen consistently since 1910. You'll also stop by The Five Points, which is well-known for hosting New York's most infamous gangs.

What are the best areas and neighborhoods for ghost tours around New York City?

Explore the dark history of New York City. Different from tours in other cities, some New York City ghost tours also offer you the chance to see gangster locations while you ghost hunt. You’ll learn how mafia crime scenes worked, as well as how gangsters partied and ran their empires.

St. Patrick’s Basilica ghost tours

You’ll get to enjoy spectacular sights of the city and its important landmarks, such as a visit to St. Patrick’s Basilica. The catacombs of the church have served as the resting place for the deceased for over 200 years. You can imagine that it’s now haunted, so do some digging (although, not literally!) for yourself.

Greenwich Village ghost tours

Some tours cover the Greenwich Village area, which many say is the spookiest – see if you agree. Many tours in this area also cover Murder House, which is the site of various murders and, according to a legend, home to 22 spirits.

During ghost tours in this area, you’ll explore 5th Avenue and the Church of the Ascension, allegedly haunted by the artist John Lafarge and more. Hear about the ghost of a former mayor at 12 Gay Street.

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What people are saying about New York City

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Dan, our tour guide, was so wonderful! Incredibly knowledgeable, engaging, and clearly enjoys his job & teaching people about the wonders of NYC. The tour itself was short and cute, but it definitely left me wanting to do more tours. Highly recommend.

Dan was an incredible tour guide and really knew everything about the rich history of the Cathedral. He had an answer to any question and was such a pleasant person.

The tour was excellent and our guide, Mike was great! He knew his facts and made the tour upbeat and fun. We really enjoyed this tour and highly recommend it!

Had a very enjoyable time. Our guide was very well informed and fun conversationalist. We learned a lot from the experience and would recommend to anyone.

Leo is a fabulous tour guide - entertaining while also deeply informative. I really enjoyed the experience and so glad I went!