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New York City is somewhere that feels familiar before you even visit. Countless films and TV shows are shot here, so when we see the trademark yellow taxi cabs, the hot dog vendors or the dazzling lights of Manhattan, there's a strange sense of déjà vu. It's also home to what is arguably the world's most famous skyline, dominated by the Art Deco marvel of the Empire State Building. Constantly reinventing and setting new trends in fashion, food and art, the city is also a major hub for finance and trade, with the famous Wall Street at its core.

The city is split into the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island, and each has its own unique character. Manhattan Island is home to the trendy neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo, while Brooklyn features a Botanic Garden, the New York Aquarium and the famous Coney Island. A ferry from Battery Park to Ellis Island offers a great opportunity for some incredible views of the city, before reaching the fascinating Immigration Museum. You'll also sail past the iconic Statue of Liberty, with plenty of time to snap photos from all angles.

The city's Broadway shows are second to none, with a variety of major musicals proving the pick of the bunch. The giant green oasis of Central Park offers a perfect spot for a peaceful stroll, as well as featuring lakes, theatres and ice-skating rinks.

New York is served by three major airports: JFK, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia, with public transport options available at each one.

Tonight

From £54 per night

This weekend

From £131 per night

Next weekend

From £138 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency US$10 = £7.31
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Average weekend price £204 per night
Average weekday price £215 per night
Typical stay 3 nights

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New York reviews

What other travellers say about New York

10

Love the attractions in the city.

10 January 2022

Love the attractions in the city. The food is good and the people are really friendly. Security and police officers are the best and very helpful. The architecture, history, museums, shows and culture makes New York City a magical place!

Crystal
Crystal United States
10

We had a great time - of course our time in NYC was so easy...

9 January 2022

We had a great time - of course our time in NYC was so easy as my daughter and her husband live in Harlem and led us all over New York and the subway system. Getting around was easy with them. Loved the fact that you can just tap your credit card on the subway.

nelsontravis
nelsontravis United States
8.0

There’s a tremendous amount of walking and very few subway...

5 January 2022

There’s a tremendous amount of walking and very few subway stations are equipped for handicapped people. While prices are much higher than home, we were almost always able to find affordable options. The pageantry of the City at Christmas was breath-taking.

Patricia
Patricia
10

The reason New York can feel like you’re leaving the U.

31 December 2021

The reason New York can feel like you’re leaving the U.S. is that there is so much diversity represented in the city, from the food and restaurants to the interactions with people you’ll have around every corner. New York is very much in a league all of its own, that doesn’t feel like the United States.

Matthew J.
Matthew J. United States
10

We had a great vacation in NYC.

31 December 2021

We had a great vacation in NYC. We stayed 5 nights in Times Square and went everywhere. The length of the trip was perfect, and we experienced everything NYC has to offer. Great food(pricy at times) Great locations

RaghuS
RaghuS United States
4.0

I visited New York for the last 40 years, but on this trip...

29 December 2021

I visited New York for the last 40 years, but on this trip NYC seems to have lost its cool. Everything is very dirty from streets full of rats to filthy toilets in trendy restaurants. NYC was Over priced, poor service, boring shopping and worn out. Still we adored walking around, discovering Brooklyn, the train walkway, museums, and the amazing architecture.

Jl
Jl Switzerland

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