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Holidays to New York

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New York Holidays
This skyscraper packed metropolis needs no introduction. Drink in the vibrant nightlife, watch a show on Broadway, sample the legendary cuisine or shop at the infamous department stores. Just choose any of our low cost holidays to New York including city breaks from our fantastic product range and you'll be jetting off to the Big Apple, the City that never sleeps, the centre of the Universe… New York is different things to different people. An iconic fusion of culture, music, shopping and adventure – there’s not much you can’t get up to under the gaze of its famous skyline.
 
At Barrhead Travel, our great choice of cheap package holidays to New York make this one of our most popular choices for a USA holiday destination. The sprawling urban jungle is home to a wide range of hotels, whether you’re after 5-star decadence on the doorsteps of Times Square, or looking for budget accommodation in the trendy burgh of Brooklyn.
 
Many NYC 'newbies' and the already acquainted also choose to make their Big Apple holiday even more memorable by taking the time to explore wider New England and the Eastern States with a twin-city escape that works the cities of Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. into their tailor-made itineraries. Even further afield destinations in the Deep South and Florida are alternative popular options.
 
With possibilities this endless and streets that can cater to everybody – why wouldn’t our New York holidays be on your bucket list?
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Top hotel picks for New York

1 Hotel Central Park

1 Hotel Central Park is located just a short walk from major attractions such as Central Park, Museum of Modert Art and Carnegie Hall.

Amsterdam Court

The Amsterdam Court Hotel in Times Square provides you with attentive guest services in its convenient Theater District location.
From only £697 pp

Ameritania Hotel

Located in the heart of New York City’s Theater District, the Ameritania at Times Square possesses a playful spirit in the midst of one of Manhattan’s most exciting neighbourhoods.

Distrikt Hotel

Distrikt Hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan, steps away from Times Square, the vibrant Hell's Kitchen dining and nightlife, and the many theatres of Broadway.

Edison Hotel

Inspired by the spirit of the city and infused with the exhilarating energy of Times Square, The Hotel Edison places guests in the heart of Manhattan.

Fifty NYC Hotel

Mix business with leisure in an innovatively designed central hub just right for the modern professional.

Freehand New York Hotel

Located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, Freehand New York is housed in the former George Washington Hotel—once home to many storied writers, musicians and creatives. Designed by Roman and Williams and featuring custom-commissioned artwork by Bard College students and alumni throughout.

Gallivant Times Square Hotel

Make the most of your New York City experience at the Gallivant Times Square.

Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC Hotel

The second Gansevoort Hotel Group outpost in New York City after our flagship Meatpacking District location that served to help define a neighborhood,
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Hilton New York Grand Central Hotel

This convenient Midtown Manhattan location at 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue places you within blocks of many famous NYC attractions.

Intercontinental Time Square Hotel

Right on Times Square, the Intercontinental Time Square Hotel is a luxury hotel is perfectly placed in the epicentre of Manhattan’s theatre, dining, fashion and business districts.

Le Parker Meridien Hotel

Your very own sleek and fashionable big city abode.

Manhattan at Times Square Hotel

Make the most of your New York City experience at the Manhattan at Times Square.

Metro Hotel New York

The Hotel Metro is where you want to be in New York City.
from only £737 pp

NH Jolly Madison Hotel & Towers

There are many different rooms to choose from. The Standard and Superior Rooms, for instance, sport classic interiors, with handcrafted cherry wood furniture and soft carpets underfoot.

Omni Berkshire Place Hotel

Welcome to your New York residence. Conveniently located on 52nd Street between Madison and 5th Avenue in the heart of Manhattan, providing you with the power to choose when and how you access all that New York has to offer.

Row NYC Hotel

The Row NYC hotel has pioneered a new era of individuality among Times Square hotels by meeting NYC’s signature urban grit with grandeur.

Skyline New York Hotel

Make the most of your New York City experience at the Skyline Hotel NYC.

Stewart Hotel

Just right for those who love the thrill of Broadway life and live performances, Stewart Hotel captures the spirit of a buzzing pre-show Broadway theatre.

The Frederick Hotel

Located in the exciting and vibrant neighbourhood of TriBeCa, the Cosmopolitan Hotel - TriBeCa offers exceptional service, upscale amenities and a prime location. Historic TriBeCa and neighbouring SoHo are at the epicentre of the New York City art, shopping and restaurant scene.

The Roosevelt Hotel

The Roosevelt Hotel is in a privileged location in the heart of Manhattan, this beautiful 1920s hotel has been restored to its ultra-chic glory.
from only £747 pp

Viceroy Central Park Hotel

Viceroy Central Park is a boutique hotel occupying one of the most energetic locations in Midtown Manhattan; the fusion of business and leisure on West 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

W New York Hotel

Passionate and provocative, the iconic W New York hotel offers a soulful sanctuary within the city.

Wyndham New Yorker Hotel

Welcome to one of New York’s most renowned hotels—a midtown icon, famous citywide for the red block lettering on its façade.
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Wellington Hotel

Dating from 1901, this laid-back Midtown hotel near shops and eateries is a minute's walk from a subway station, a 4-minute walk from Central Park and 2 minutes on foot from Carnegie Hall.
From only £547 pp

The Empire Hotel NY

Across the street from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and surrounded by shops, restaurants and public transportation, this sophisticated, upscale hotel is also 2 blocks from Central Park.
Fron only £897 pp

Detailed City Overview

New York City In Detail

The problem with visiting New York City is knowing where to begin, but even if you don't immediately rush off to view the world-famous sights and landmarks of this most dynamic of cities, just being there is enough: the wonder of New York is in the energy and the diversity that emanates from its densely packed, multi-cultural population. The city vibrates with colliding cultures and languages; here high-life and low-life rub shoulders, and whoever you are and whatever your taste, there will be something to amuse and stimulate you 24-hours a day.

Whether lolling on a bench in leafy Central Park, watching the world go by from a French bistro in Soho, or gazing up at 'Lady Liberty' from the deck of the Staten Island Ferry, most visitors will feel they've done it all before, simply because New York is so familiar to anyone who has ever seen a movie or watched television. There is something special, however, in actually seeing the familiar landmarks and experiencing the pulse of the 'city that never sleeps'.

New York City is made up of five boroughs: Staten Island, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, but many visitors never leave Manhattan. There is a lot packed into this tiny area: the 24-hour pasta restaurants of Little Italy and the bustling sidewalks of Chinatown, the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village and the theatres of Broadway; and of course the iconic sights of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Times Square.

New York has been described as the best three-day city break in the world, and that's about right. After a frenzy of museums, galleries, bars and clubs, many visitors are ready for a break. Fortunately, there's a lot of choice in excursions, from the National Parks of upstate New York to the beaches of Long Island, or simply the leafy oasis of Central Park. Whatever you're after, New York is ready and waiting to bewitch, bother and bewilder.

Getting Around

New York's public transport system is relatively good and cheap, including buses and the subway. There is also the ever-present, although more expensive, yellow cabs. Unlicensed gipsy cabs should be avoided. It is possible to get around the city using a combination of these, or simply on foot. Walking is often the best way to experience the city, and during rush hours, when buses and taxis are caught up in the gridlock and the subway is overcrowded or delayed, it can also be the fastest way to get around.

Generally, though, the most efficient way to get around is the 24-hour underground system, especially as most of Manhattan's sights are near subway stations, although it can be confusing at first. Much simpler but slower is the bus system, which is a good option for shorter distances or for travelling across town. Driving in New York is not recommended as traffic is heavy, drivers aggressive and parking exorbitant.

Nightlife in the City

The nightlife in New York City is second to none. Encompassing jazz bars, nightclubs, lounges, comedy clubs and live shows, there's literally something happening around every corner. The Village, Broadway, Bowery and Madison Square Garden are just a few of the best destinations for evening entertainment in New York.

As a hub of the jazz world, New York is home to venues such as 55 Bar and Arthur's Tavern. Jazz tours from Greenwich Village to Harlem are a fun option for enthusiasts, with a stop at the legendary Apollo Theatre. As the launching pad of comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, New York also has many comedy shows; catch some of the best at the New York Comedy Club or the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB).

There are, of course, always famous Broadway shows to be seen: try the Palace or Eugene O'Neill theatres for the latest new shows. Broadway shows are expensive, hence the popularity of the three TKTS discount ticket booths, the most popular of which is in Times Square. They open every day at 11 am, but the queues form well before this. You can pick up last-minute tickets for half of the regular price, depending on what's available. For the super-flexible theatregoer, visit the booth around 5 pm when there is seldom a queue and last minute prices have dropped even further.

Nightclubs come and go quickly in New York City, as the fickle population becomes enamoured with the newest venue, but you can always be assured that whatever you want, New York will have plenty of it. Live music venues covering hip hop, rock, indie and almost any other genre imaginable abound in NYC, and there are also well-established venues offering things like poetry readings. But if what you're after is simply a pumping dancefloor be assured that at any given time internationally-acclaimed DJs are steaming up the New York darkness.

World-class performing arts venues are a dime a dozen in a city that boasts Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall, and you can take your pick of ballet, opera, symphony orchestras, or chamber music.

For up-to-date events information for New York City, pick up a copy of the Village Voice or Time Out New York, both of which can also be accessed online.

Shopping in New York

Visitors to the Big Apple will be blown away by the amount and calibre of stores in this city. Offering some of the best and most expensive shopping in the world, 5th Avenue is synonymous with classy high-end department stores such as Bergdorf's and Saks. Madison Avenue is known as 'the trendy road', boasting 15 blocks of celebrity designer shops such as Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Prada, to name a few. Soho is one of New York's poshest outdoor malls, with cobblestone streets and loft-like spaces creating a pretty and unique shopping experience.

As cosmopolitan as New York may be, visitors on a tighter budget can still find plenty of bargains at the city's flea markets, which offer some top quality goods with stores touting designer knockoffs, antiques, jewellery, curios, thrift wear, home furnishings and cosmetics. Farmer's Markets are a must for foodies with high-quality vegetables, meat, dairy, poultry and fish as well as baked goods, honey, maple syrup, jam and wine to sample.

Chinatown is a budget shopper's paradise with cheap knockoffs on offer, and haggling common practice. Century 21 is considered 'New York's best-kept secret' for bargain hunters with more than 15 departments of quality and designer merchandise at 25 to 75 per cent off retail prices. Whether shopping in upscale Madison Avenue or the bargain-friendly Lower East Side, New York has something to offer everyone.

Popular New York City souvenirs run to tacky tourist merchandise: you'll be inundated with miniature Statues of Liberty and the ubiquitous 'I Love NY' gear. Other popular buys include New York Yankees merchandise and theatrical posters from Broadway.

NYC Sight Seeing Overview

With New York's countless attractions, it would take months to see and do everything this vibrant city has on offer. The must-see New York attractions include iconic structures and buildings such as the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Chrysler Building. In among all the skyscrapers, Central Park provides a green haven for relaxation and exercise. Many first-time visitors to New York don't leave Manhattan at all, but the four other boroughs of the city - Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island - all have their own appeal and are worth exploring for those wanting a broader experience of the metropolis. Taking a ride on the Staten Island Ferry is one of the best free activities NYC has to offer.

For culture vultures, there are wonderful museums to explore, such as the American Museum of Natural History or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are also less high-brow museums: at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, for instance, visitors can play a superhero on film.

An easy way to see the sights is to take a ride on one of New York's topless tour buses. It may not be as exciting as exploring the city on foot, but it's a great way to learn and see a lot quickly. Central Park also provides a great thoroughfare for sightseers exploring Manhattan on foot, and the grid-pattern layout of the streets makes finding your way fairly simple. The New York subway is a good, cheap option for those needing to cover greater distances.

Those planning a lot of sightseeing should consider purchasing the New York Pass, which covers about 80 NYC attractions and allows the holder to skip the often lengthy queues at popular sites.

Kids Attractions

The bustling city of New York is a great place for children on holiday. Boasting some of the world's most well-known and recognisable attractions, the kids will be constantly entertained. Take the family out to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty, or take them up to the Empire State Building's observation deck where they can marvel at the panoramic views of this famous metropolis.

For active children, a stroll through Central Park will give them plenty of space to stretch their legs and in winter months don't miss ice skating at the Trump Wollman Rink or Rockefeller Plaza.

On rainy days why not take the kids to some of the amazing shops around New York City, such as Toys 'R Us in Times Square, NIKETOWN, or the wonderfully decadent Dylan's Candy Bar where kids will go wild at the number of sugary candies and chocolates available. The Brooklyn Children's Museum is also worth a visit, as are the New York Aquarium and Central Park Zoo. For warm summer nights, nothing beats a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, complete with hot dogs and popcorn.

With so much to see, children visiting New York City will be sure to have a memorable and unforgettable experience and hopefully, for parents, get tired out from all the sightseeing in this 'city that never sleeps'.

New York City Restaurant Overview

New York City is famous for its roadside vendors selling all American wholesome goodness such as hotdogs, corndogs, bagels and doughnuts, but it is an international affair when dining out. Every kind of cuisine is on offer and it would take a lifetime to sample them all. With more than eight thousand restaurants to choose from, it is difficult to know where to begin.

Head on down to Chinatown for myriad options including restaurants serving Cantonese, Sichuan, and Shanghai cuisine. There are also a few Chinese restaurants where dim sum is available throughout the day. Times Square is a popular destination, but the area is plagued with mediocre chain restaurants. There are, however, wonderful eateries to be found beyond the tourist traps. New York's steakhouses offer a variety of delicious steak options from porterhouse steak to New York strip steak.

Everything is big in the United States and the pizzas and pizza pies are no different. With plenty of fantastic pizza and Italian restaurants around the city, it's a pizza lover's paradise. Many small pizzerias sell the iconic New York-style pizza at only $1 for a gigantic slice. Ukrainian, Indian and Japanese cuisine can be found in the East Village, while Harlem is synonymous with African and Soul food. Queens offers the most variety with Greek, Irish, Latin American, Russian, Indian and Kosher fare to tantalise the taste buds.

Top 5 Things to do in New York

Map Location

Shopping - New York City is one of the most famous shopping destinations.
Empire State Building - The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd and 34th Streets
Statue of Liberty - The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States
Central Park - Central Park is an urban park in middle-upper Manhattan, within New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013. It is also one of the most filmed locations in the world.
Times Square - Bright lights & Broadway shows.

New York Holiday Highlights

New York City skyline at sunset
NEW YORK WITH THE KIDS

Adult: £137 Child: £121

Blue Man Group- Off Broadway: £68 per adult/£68 per child
The Blue man group will rock your world, blow your mind and discover music, laughter and surprises at every turn.

New York Explorer Pass- £69 per adult/£53 per child (3-12 years)
The easy to use New York explorer pass can save you up to 50% on the combined price of the individual tickets. You can pick your choice of admission to either 3, 5 or 7 amazing attractions including The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, American Museum of Natural History, The MET, Central Park Bike Rental, Luna Park at Coney Island plus other top attractions.

Total to do all attractions separately in New York using the New York Explorer Pass

  • Empire State Building- £31.20pp
  • Madame Tussauds New York- £27.20pp
  • Luna Park- £52pp and £32pp (child)

Total- £110.40 per adult and £90.40 per child
Save £41.40 per adult and £37.40 per child, a massive £157.60 per family of 4

New York VIP Shop & Dine 4 less card- £12 (One card valid for 4 people)
One card that offers discounts of up to 20% off the food bill at over 30 participating restaurants in New York including breakfast, lunch and dinner and valid for up to 4 people per card

NEW YORK- GIRLS TRIP

Adult: £289pp

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets- £31pp
Return coach ticket to Woodbury Common, New York’s popular outlet mall which has over 220 stores including top designer names such as Barneys New York, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford. You also receive a VIP coupon book offering additional discounts.

Sex and the City Tour- £31pp
Follow in the footsteps of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as you tour more than 40 iconic locations from ‘Sex and the City’ TV show and films by a luxury air-conditioned coach and narrated by an enthusiastic actor-guide. Drink where they drank, shop where they shopped and gossip where they gossiped!

New York Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise- £86pp
Enjoy a 2-hour cruise around Manhattan which includes a brunch buffet, unlimited mimosas, live jazz ensemble, onboard DJ and photo opportunities of The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge plus more.

New York Pass with Fast Track Access (2-day pass)- £141pp
New York is a fascinating city with limitless sightseeing options, enjoy free admission with this pass to over 100 New York attractions for 2, 3, 5 or 7 consecutive days including attractions such as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty plus many more.

NEW YORK- BOYS TRIP

Adult: £303pp

Big Apple Helicopter Tour- £166pp
Tour New York city in an unbelievable way and take in spectacular views of iconic landmarks including The Empire State Building and The Statue of Liberty from the Sky, even catching a glimpse of the world-famous Central Park.

New York Sopranos Tour- £42pp
Visit the Jersey Suburbs where Tony Soprano spent his days during the hit TV show which is broadly considered as one of the best. A tour guide/actor who has normally appeared as an extra or stand-in on the show itself, this is a unique tour and a must do for any Soprano fan.

Super New York- Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty & Hop on Hop off Bus Tour- £95pp

  • A 72-hour all around town bus tour offering unlimited ‘hop- on’ and ‘hop-off’ opportunities at over 50+ stops.
  • A sightseeing cruise offering magnificent views of The Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline with the opportunity to hop-on and hop-off.
  • A choice between an Empire State Building Observatory ticket or Top of the Rock ticket.
  • A Ferry ticket for The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Admission to either The New York Historical Society or The Museum of the City of New York
  • Free New York Eat and Play Card

Total to do all separate in New York

  • Big Apple Helicopter- £187.20pp
  • Empire State Building- £31.20pp
  • Statue of Liberty Tours and Ellis Island- £20.40pp
  • Hop-on/Hop-off- £48pp
  • Sopranos Tour- £43.20pp

Save £27pp!

Empire State Building Observatory

Adult: £25 Child:(6-12 yrs) £21

The Empire State Building Observatory is beacon for international and domestic tourists alike, and offers unmatched views of New York and neighboring states from its world-famous 86th floor observatory all year long.

Get skyward and discover what the city looks like when you are 1,050 feet (320 meters) high at the top of New York's most iconic skyscraper, at the 86th Floor Observatory. The Observatory, with its popular 360-degree outdoor deck, also has indoor viewing galleries for guests to enjoy the views rain or shine, day or night.

You'll zip right up to the 86th Floor Observatory in convenient high speed, automatic elevators. Looking for an enhanced viewing experience? High-powered binoculars are available on the promenades at a minimal cost. And if you’re searching for that perfect Empire State Building souvenir, you’ll find something memorable at the Gift Shop, located on the 80th Floor.

Visitors with tickets purchased online will go with their voucher directly to the ticket window and then through the security check. The Observatory is wheelchair accessible.

A Multimedia Tour Guide App of the Empire State Building can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google play. It serves as your own personal tour guide, taking you all the way from the ground floor to the 360° open-air views of the Observation Deck. (Available in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and German).

You can now enjoy one-of-a-kind mini-shows in the elevators on the ascent and descent to the Observatory. The ascent show takes you back in time to the construction of the Empire State Building, spotlighting workers, machinery and materials. On the descent you will see different features of the art deco masterpiece lobby with the features floating in to form the iconic mural that adorns the Fifth Avenue entrance.

Super New York 72hr Hop on/off Pass

Adult: £86 Child:(6-12 yrs) £70

This fantastic value for money combination ticket includes all the famous, must-see sights in New York and much, much more… This great value ticket really is super!

Hop-on and off at many of the routes across Manhattan, or simply enjoy one of the observatory platforms of choice. Cruise on the Hudson or enjoy discounts whilst shopping or eating with your Eat & Play Card. The Super New York Ticket really has it all and allows you to see many of New York’s famous landmarks that make this city so special – all with this one ticket!

Inclusions:

  • Hop-on Hop-off Tours valid for 72 hours which includes the routes: Downtown, Uptown, Brooklyn and Bronx Loop.
  • Escorted Night Tour of Manhattan (not Hop-on Hop-off)
  • Liberty/ Ellis Island Ferry Ticket (access to the Statue of Liberty is subject to availability and is NOT guaranteed.)
  • A Gray Line City Sightseeing New York 24hrs Hop-on, Hop-off Ferry
  • Eat & Play Card (valid for 4 people!).

You also get to choose between:

  • A Ticket to the Top Of The Rock OR Empire State Building Observatory.
  • The New York Historical Society OR Museum of the City of New York

When to visit

  • Jan
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  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • Currency US Dollars ($)
  • Flying time from UK 10 1/2 Hours
  • Primary Language English
  • Passport & Visas Brits must have a full 10-year British Passport that's valid for six months after you return to the UK.

Magical, just magical! As soon as you see Times Square in lights you will be amazed! It's just like stepping into your very own movie.

Kelsey - Web Designer