Woolworth Building Lobby Tour - New York City

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Come see the magnificent Woolworth Building, a US National Historic Landmark, on this informative guided tour. This world-famous space was granted New York City Landmark status in 1983 but has been long closed to the public. Explore the lobby, designed by the renowned architect Cass Gilbert, and marvel at the grand entrance to what was the tallest building in the world for 17 years. Dubbed the Cathedral of Commerce," this historic landmark is unrivaled by any other on the North American continent for its scale, craftsmanship, beauty and sense of humor.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Editor's Pick
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Small-group tour

Know More about this tour

The Woolworth Building, designed by architect Cass Gilbert, was the tallest in the world from 1913 to 1930. President Woodrow Wilson flipped a switch in the White House to turn on the buildings lights on its opening night 101 years ago. Hailed by architectural critics as an engineering marvel, it became instantly famous world-wide and helped to promote Frank Woolworths chain of 5 and 10 cent stores. Its extraordinary lobby is like no other space in North America, showcasing its grand proportions with splendid stained glass, spectacular mosaics, gorgeous murals and amusing sculptural details.

In 1916, the Reverend S. Parkes Cadman called the Woolworth Building the Cathedral of Commerce as part of an effort to promote it as an ethical white-collar workplace. During the vibrant economy of the 1920s, the skyscrapers Gothic design was viewed at home and abroad as a symbol of American material success. To this day, it evokes the expansive mood of the early 20th century, when New York served as the nations most prosperous port and gateway for the commerce of the world.

Choose a 30-minute, 1-hour or 1.5-hour tour depending on how extensively you want to experience this famous historic landmark. See the Woolworth Buildings magnificent lobby, the more important elements of the building including the unique terracotta exterior, and the interior details such as the corbels with likenesses of the buildings owner, Frank W. Woolworth and Cass Gilbert, the architect, among others. This tour includes all areas of the main lobby, and provides a brief discussion of some of the more important elements of the building. There will be time for you to ask questions and photographs are allowed but no flash or videos are permitted.

Inclusions for Woolworth Building Lobby Tour

  • Entrance fees
  • Admission ticket
  • Professional guide

Exclusions for Woolworth Building Lobby Tour

  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

The Woolworth Building is privately owned and operated, and is not open to the general public

There are no public restroom facilities

Tours will include stairs and time standing. No seating is available

The lobby is wheelchair accessible, with elevator access to all areas of the tours

Photographs are allowed but flashes and videos are not permitted

No children under 10 may attend the tour

Note: Tours are held regardless of weather as long as the subways are running

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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6 Traveler Reviews

  • This tour was great! If you are interested in the history of the Woolworth legacy, it is amazing. The lobby is absolutely gorgeous--I can see why they call it the cathedral of commerce. A great thing to do on a cold day in New York City.

  • The Woolworth Building Lobby Tour was well done and our host very knowledgeable and was able to give context to the story. The building access is limited hence the Lobby tour, but was definitely worthwhile. Would recommend this tour for those looking for something beyond the major New York sites.

  • Interesting building. limited tour

  • It was great to have a tour of this magnificent building ans get to see the amazing workmanship both outside and inside the building. The guide knew a lot of its history and was very helpful. The only thing though is that it would be a good thing to have had access to the observatory level if only for a short time.

  • Our guide was very knowledgable. He gave a very good tour.

  • It was fablous.....our guide was totally awesome...
    Take this tour as soon as u can

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