Visiting the Cathedral

Thousands of visitors come to the Cathedral every year. While mostly from the United States, each year there are a significant number of international visitors. They come in small and large groups, as individuals and families, young and old, and from a wide variety of faiths.

Visitors are welcome during the regular open hours of the Cathedral. We do ask that during liturgies visitors sit quietly if they are not participating in the liturgy. Visitors enter via the North side entrance.

Visitors are welcome during our regular open hours. These hours are changed at times because of special liturgies or because the Cathedral is closed due to a holiday or holy day.


Until further notice, the Cathedral Basilica is open only for scheduled liturgies. Please see our Mass and Confession schedule.


Parish Office:

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Self-Guided Tours

For the time being, we are not scheduling any tours. In future, any group of ten or more who intend to visit the Cathedral for a self guided tour, must call in advance at 859-431-2060. Self-guided tour brochures are available at the Greeters Desk, found by the North side entrance. The brochures are free and available to individuals or small groups.

Guided Tours

For the time being, we are not scheduling any tours. In future, docent-guided tours for groups of ten or more can be arranged with at least two weeks’ notice for a small fee. These tours last about and hour and provide a greater depth of information compared to the self-guided tour pamphlet. Tours can be arranged by calling the Parish Office at 859-431-2060.

On many Sundays, after the 10:00 a.m. mass, there is a guided tour open to those who are present, however due to the safeguards in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, these tours are suspended. If you are coming to the Cathedral and would like to know if there is a tour scheduled that Sunday, call the Parish Office at 859-431-2060. Note, tours can be canceled with little notice depending upon the availability of a docent to lead the tour.