Recent Searches
Clear
icon_solid_phone
Questions? (888) 651-9785(888) 651-9785

Learn more about our Covid-19 response.

Read More

St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon) Tours

St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon)
Located in Hoan Kiem district, the neo-Gothic St. Joseph’s Cathedral is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Hanoi and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi. Modeled after Notre Dame in Paris, St. Joseph’s Cathedral is one of the most famous and striking landmarks in Hanoi from the colonial era.
 
The Basics
Constructed between 1882 and 1886, St. Joseph’s Cathedral was consecrated on Christmas Eve, 1886. It was built on the site of the ancient Bao Thien Pagoda, which was demolished to make way for the church. It’s known for its soaring façade, twin bell towers, and a majestic interior with rib-vaulted ceiling, original stained glass windows, and elaborate altars. Although mostly European in design and look, there are some traditional Vietnamese decorations on the aisles, walls, and altars of the church. Mass is held several times a day, and is often crowded to overcapacity; those that wish to attend should consult the schedule that is sometimes posted outside the church.
 
A number of sightseeing tours will feature a stop at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, along with other attractions like the Temple of Literature and Hoan Kiem Lake, and may include additional activities like a cyclo ride, a food tour, or a water puppet show.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • It’s free to enter the church, though donations are accepted.
  • Enter through the side door, rather than the main entrance, except for mass.
  • Mass is performed in Vietnamese and French.
  • This is an active place of worship, so please be respectful of worshippers.

How to Get There
St. Joseph’s Cathedral is located west of Hoan Kiem Lake, and can be easily reached on foot from most of central Hanoi. It’s easiest to take a taxi from elsewhere in Hanoi. Local buses, including buses 1 and 2, also stop nearby.
 
When to Get There
The church’s opening hours tend to fluctuate, though it’s often closed for lunch. Services are performed throughout the week and weekend. The Feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19. Christmas is a festive time to visit the church, and will have the biggest crowds.
 
Nearby Attractions
There are a number of boutiques, restaurants, and bars near the church. Hoan Kiem Lake is also nearby. This scenic lake is pleasant to walk around, and is home to Ngoc Son Temple, located on Jade Island, at the northern part of the lake.

Address: 40 Nha Chung St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Read More

98 Tours and Activities to Experience St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon)

Filter
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow




Did you know?You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
Learn more
Did you know?
You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.Learn more
Sort by:Featured
Hanoi City Motorbike Tour By Locals

Hanoi City Motorbike Tour By Locals

star-5
Hanoi Happy Motorbike Tours With this unique local experience, you'll be seeing the local lives on the back of the motorbike just like locals, waving around and zipping through all the chaos traffic. Beside our stops we plan, you can ask for stopping at anywhere you want during the tour, unlike other transports you might take.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$42.06
Price varies by group size
From
US$42.06
Price varies by group size

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Hanoi Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Hanoi Private Tour

star-5
The narrow streets and alleyways of old Hanoi can be hard to navigate. Forget guidebooks and itinerary planning, and immerse in this ancient city’s rich culture with a dedicated private guide. Enjoy the sorts of insights only a local can provide as you explore markets, temples, alleyways, historic homes, the French Quarter, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and even Hoa Lo Prison.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$38.41
Price varies by group size
From
US$38.41
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Hanoi City Private Tour Half Day (explore hidden corners)

SPECIAL OFFER

Hanoi City Private Tour Half Day (explore hidden corners)

star-5
1. A good chance to admire Hanoi Old Quarter of long history of 2000 years history. 2. Pass by French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and traditional pagodas and temples that date back hundreds of years. 3. Private Hanoi city sightseeing tour, led by an experienced tour guide 4. Flexible to choose a morning or afternoon itinerary (If you choose afternoon tour, you must skip Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda. However, we will add Dong Xuan market instead). 5. With your limited time, you can explore all hidden things; all hidden corners of beautiful Hanoi.
More
  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$53.10
US$59.00
US$5.90 savings
Price varies by group size
From
US$53.10
US$59.00
US$5.90 savings
Price varies by group size

Hanoi After Dark: Private Street food, Drinks & Stories Tour

Hanoi After Dark: Private Street food, Drinks & Stories Tour

star-5
Pair the essential sights of downtown Hanoi with mouthwatering Vietnamese dishes on a private evening tour that’s tailormade for first-time visitors. See sights like Hoan Kiem Lake and the water puppet theater, slurp egg coffee and ice-cold beer, and savor favorite dishes like papaya salad or beef satay. Along the way, immerse deeply in Vietnamese culture, in a way that’s only possible with a private guide.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$29.73
Price varies by group size
From
US$29.73
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Hanoi City Sightseeing and Street Food Tour

Hanoi City Sightseeing and Street Food Tour

star-5
Kick off your Hanoi stay with a half-day motorbike tour of the city. Sit bak and relax as local drivers transport you through the main streets and back alleys of this Vietnamese destination. Cruise past iconic landmarks, sample local cuisine and choose from one of three tour options to meet your interests and needs. This is the perfect way to get acclimated to the city and begin to explore with the wind in your hair!
More
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$51.29
From
US$51.29

Half-Day Morning Tour of the Highlights in Hanoi with Lunch

Half-Day Morning Tour of the Highlights in Hanoi with Lunch

star-4.5
Follow in the footsteps of one of Vietnam’s most famous men as you explore the streets of Hanoi on this small-group adventure tour. Pay a visit to the Temple of Literature and the notorious Hanoi Hilton prison. Follow your expert guide on a walking tour of the Old-Quarter and enjoy the expertise and knowledge that comes from being led by a local.
More
  • 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$39.00
From
US$39.00
Taking safety measures

Hanoi French Quarter Walking Tour: The Present and the Past

Hanoi French Quarter Walking Tour: The Present and the Past

star-5
During this 3-hour walking tour, travelers will be able to explore the spectacular cultural and historical beauty of celebrated landscapes such as St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi Opera House, Hoa Lo Prison, Hoan Kiem Lake, so on. This tour will definitely bring you an amazing experience through the intriguing stories told by our guide, who are super enthusiastic, informative and good at English as well. If you are really into French architecture, or just merely want to see a different vision of this bustling capital, a tour around Hanoi French Quarter is a perfect pick. Let’s take a tour and enjoy the wonderful adventure!
More
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$16.00
From
US$16.00

BonBon Experience: Hanoi Coffee Tour

BonBon Experience: Hanoi Coffee Tour

star-5
Hanoi is captivating with its mysterious beauty that is best taken in slowly. People said that: “You can’t leave Hanoi without knowing and having a sip of the famous Vietnamese coffee”. If you are a coffee enthusiast, don’t miss trying out a good cup of black, milk or even egg coffee in Hanoi. You can do this as easily as with a well-placed order in a roadside coffee shack, a cafe, or restaurant, but you can also go on a tour. Come with us to the most unique and well-hidden coffee spots in Hanoi while learning about this city’s culture along the way.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$25.97
From
US$25.97

Hanoi Customized Tour By Motobike - 3,5 hours

Hanoi Customized Tour By Motobike - 3,5 hours

Our tours are customized according to tourists' schedule. In some case, tourists have visited some places, we recommend other sites to help tourists discover every corner in Hanoi. When it comes to time, supposed that tourists have landed in Hanoi at 9am and they want to take Motobike tours at 10am, we are glad to provide customized tours. - Customized time - Customize places to visit - Other customize --------- ITINERARY --------- - Pick you up at your hotel/hostel on time. - Take a short conversation to discuss tour's itinerary which depends on tourists' schedule - Start exploring Hanoi on your own terms by motobike - The itinerary is customized by you. - All drinks and foods, entrance fees you have to pay by yourself --------- RECOMMENDED DESTINATION --------- Here are out-standing destinations in Hanoi that you should pay a visit to
More
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$22.57
From
US$22.57

Private Hanoi City Half-Day Tour

Private Hanoi City Half-Day Tour

star-5
Get a feel for Hanoi on a private sightseeing tour. Your own personal guide shares the city’s highlights and local culture, with your choice of itineraries that both include the Old Quarter. Choose a morning departure and see the Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Depart in the afternoon for the Museum of History, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
More
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$28.00
From
US$28.00

Half-Day Tour in Hanoi City by Motorbike

Half-Day Tour in Hanoi City by Motorbike

star-5
Take a ride on a ubiquitous means of transport in Vietnam: the scooter. Zip around the city on a half-day sightseeing tour of Hanoi, with your own personal guide in the driver’s seat. You’re introduced to Hanoi's daily life and food tastings at a restaurant. Visit the Hanoi Opera House, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and Tran Quoc Pagoda, and St. Joseph's Cathedral in the Old Quarter and West Lake.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$48.00
From
US$48.00

Private Hanoi Motorbike Sightseeing and Food Tour

Private Hanoi Motorbike Sightseeing and Food Tour

star-5
Hanoi is much bigger than just the Old Quarter. Even though it’s the center of the capital, rich in history and culture, the Old Quarter is still just a small part of the city. Get on a motorbike, we will take you outside and show you areas that most travelers don’t get to see. It’s a different feeling on our motorbikes, going through some lesser known spots, cultural sites while our local Hanoian tour guides explain all about the history of the thousand-year-old city. Besides, you’ll also have the chance to taste some exquisite street food too!
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$47.44
From
US$47.44

Ba Vi National Park Trekking Discovery day tour with stunning panoramic view

Ba Vi National Park Trekking Discovery day tour with stunning panoramic view

Even with limited time in Vietnam, you can experience the natural beauty of the north on a full-day trekking tour to Ba Vi National Park from Hanoi. Your trekking guide leads a challenging hike that takes you to spectacular viewpoints, giant old-growth forest, and French colonial ruins that date to the 19th century. Your tour includes a restaurant lunch and comfortable round-trip transportation from Hanoi.
More
  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$69.00
From
US$69.00

Hanoi street food tour small group tour

Hanoi street food tour small group tour

star-5
Unleash your inner Anthony Bourdain on this small-group food tour that’s also an introduction to Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Discover the different types of local markets, learn why the street chairs are so low, and sample a range of dishes you couldn’t even fit in when flying solo.
More
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$35.90
From
US$35.90

Cyclo Tour

Cyclo Tour

star-5
One of the best and most interesting ways to experience Hanoi is by cyclo, especially the Old Quarter. This quintessentially Vietnamese way of traveling makes visitors feel closer to the culture of Hanoi. Explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi by cyclo on this tour that allows for unobstructed photo ops and a thorough overview of the main sights. Your driver takes you past highlights such as the French Quarter, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the local fresh market, 36 streets in the Old Quarter and the beautiful Hanoi Opera House - a fine example of French colonial architecture. See some of Hanoi’s top sights and get great photo ops from the cyclo. Choice of departures throughout the day. Ride with a professional cyclo driver.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$23.59
Price varies by group size
From
US$23.59
Price varies by group size

Private Half-day Tour: Explore Hanoi City with Vietnamese Buffet and Green Car

Private Half-day Tour: Explore Hanoi City with Vietnamese Buffet and Green Car

star-5
Hanoi has always been a long-history capital as well as a symbol of culture of Vietnam and a source of pride throughout the history. This Hanoi half day tour is designed to help you feel Hanoi's local culture while enjoying sightseeing highlights of an absolute and adorable Hanoi and enjoying a variety range of Vietnamese food.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$105.00
From
US$105.00

Private Hanoi Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

Private Hanoi Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

star-5
Spend three hours strolling the French Quarter during a private excursion that includes major landmarks in the Vietnamese capital. Your walking tour takes in the charm of Hoan Kiem Lake and French colonial buildings such as the Sofitel Metropole Legend Hotel and Hanoi Opera House. View government buildings, the National Museum of Vietnamese History and Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution. You’ll enjoy ‘pho’ (beef noodle soup) and have time for a stop at a sidewalk cafe or for Trang Tien ice cream.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$22.00
From
US$22.00

Hanoi Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Family Tour

Hanoi Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Family Tour

star-5
Explore Hanoi with a private guide who tailors your 2.5-hour to your family’s interests. Visit a bustling local market and temples, ride in a cyclo to points of interests, and treat the kids to games and fun facts about Vietnam. You can even sample ice cream at a venerable shop in the French Quarter on a tour that combines top attractions with lesser-known sights for a great introduction to Hanoi.
More
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$33.45
Price varies by group size
From
US$33.45
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Hanoi Bar Crawl with Local Expert 4 Hour

Hanoi Bar Crawl with Local Expert 4 Hour

star-5
You travel to Hanoi and want to experience a best memorable night ever? You want to dance, have fun and to scream in the different places with crowded people? But you don't know well about club, bar, and nightlife in Hanoi old quarter? Here I am! Every bar, clubs here I know them like the back of my hand. I'll show you how the crazy night in Hanoi is with: ⭐ UNLIMITED beer, traditional snack & 3 welcome drinks (beer or cocktail ) ⭐ Discount on drinks for those in my group ⭐ Access to unique bars without waiting in a long line
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$46.16
From
US$46.16

 Hanoi Vespa Night Street Food Tour with Female Riders

Hanoi Vespa Night Street Food Tour with Female Riders

star-5
We have a unique way to explore the culture and history of Ha Noi that you haven't yet experienced. Our professional Female rider and english speaking tour guide will take you go through amazing and very beautiful narrow streets, passing through small alley ways with local markets to see the local's real life, bustling streets, and visit local vietnamese people. We combine for you to see both city and countryside, experience the culture, meet the people, see bustling streets and beautiful countryside. Gaze upon all sorts of wildlife, see rich and poor and enjoy great local food. We have fun and enthusiastic tour guides who are paid a healthy living wage. We supply helmets and raincoats for all drivers and passengers. Your safety is of our utmost concern! Comprehensive travel insurance is included for all passengers. Experience an authentic local lunch included in the tour. A reliable, professional, and experienced all female driving staff. Top of the line 2019 model vespa
More
  • 4 hours
From
US$85.00
From
US$85.00

Bus ticket - Vietnam Sightseeing

Bus ticket - Vietnam Sightseeing

As one of the first companies that bring double-decker bus to Thang Long – Hanoi, the city tour aims to give you an overview of this thousand year old capital and provide an understanding of prominent attractions as well as historical and cultural sites of Hanoi.
More
  • 4 hours to 2 days
From
US$12.31
From
US$12.31

Hanoi Backstreet Bicycle Tour

Hanoi Backstreet Bicycle Tour

star-5
Hanoi is a city famous for back streets, narrow lanes and bustling life behind the small alleyways, where buses, cars or motorbikes can’t drive through. Therefore, A Taste of Hanoi backstreet Bicycle Tour brings you the the best way to explore about this thousand years old city with our experienced guides.This is not only the most proper way for you to ride around and visit must-see sites of Hanoi, you also can learn a lot about our history, culture, lifestyle and people. Let us be your host for an adventure and unique travel experience!
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$35.90
From
US$35.90

Half-Day Private Hanoi Food Tour by Motorbike

Half-Day Private Hanoi Food Tour by Motorbike

star-5
Hanoi is famous for the Scooters,a lot and lots of travelers doing these activities. We arrange these and make sure this experience will be the BEST experience and the good PRICE. -- --So, let go for You will be back of the scooter with a local guide show you the hidden places, discovering the city in the unique & super safe way. All included! -- & We are sure that you will get one of the best experience EVER. That is why we got 99% Excellent Reviews. That is why more than 10.000 Travelers choose us each year What is why you should not miss us in Hanoi! -- We make sure you get the BEST Price and be HAPPY
More
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$40.50
Price varies by group size
From
US$40.50
Price varies by group size

Amazing Hanoi Sightseeing Cyclo Tour An Hour

Amazing Hanoi Sightseeing Cyclo Tour An Hour

star-3.5
Explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi during a 1-hour cyclo tour that covers more ground than you could on foot, and accesses places not available to large vehicles. Get a hassle-free introduction to the city as your cyclo driver pedals past landmarks like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi Opera House, and Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (Hanoi Citadel)—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
More
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$9.24
From
US$9.24

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What's the best way to experience St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon)?

icon_solid_phone
Book online or call
(888) 651-9785
(888) 651-9785