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New York City Travel Guide

NYC. The Big Apple. One of the most iconic cities in the world and a must-visit destination for all travel lovers out there. From the bright lights of Times Square and the hipster vibes of Brooklyn, to kicking back in Central Park and dining in authentic New York hangouts - Manhattan and its neighbours pull visitors back time and time again.

What we love about New York City

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Manhattan's iconic park is awesome throughout the year. Relax amongst the trees during the spring and summer months, watch the leaves change colour during the autumn, and go ice skating in the winter!
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Rise early and go for an epic breakfast at Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue. Think huge, meaty NYC style sandwiches, delicious bagels, sweet bacon and delicious 'cwoffee'.
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The once industrial area has become the height of cool in recent years, and the amazing Highline is one of the best features - a 1.45 mile-long elevated walkway transformed from an old railway line.

New York Neighbourhoods

Known as the city that never sleeps, New York is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world, and its varying neighbourhoods each have their own personality. Whether you're visiting for just a few days or plan to stay longer, the districts of NYC are perfect for exploring! Here are a few of our favourites...
a bustling city streets jam packed with cars and crowded buildings in Soho

Soho & Tribeca

This neighbourhood is known for its renovated warehouses that are now restaurants and fashionable boutiques. It's a perfect area for wandering and exploring. Nearby you'll stumble upon Little Italy and Chinatown too, great for grabbing a bite to eat.
a woman wearing a warm jacket and beanie walking through the snowy streets of New York City

East Village

East Village is home to iconic apartment blocks and has become a haven for cool cafes, budget friendly eateries and a happening bar scene.  It was once the home of many alternative and artistic movements and is known for playing an important role in the rise of punk rock.
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Primarily a residential area, Chelsea is a great place to (if only briefly) get away from it all. It has an upmarket vibe, partly thanks to its endless galleries and contemporary art scene. It is also home to a seriously foodie market.
The tall structure of the Brooklyn Bridge with the New York City skyline in the backdrop

Williamsburg & Bushwick

Brooklyn is where it's at right now. Hit Williamsburg for awesome bars and restaurants and trendy vibes, or head to Bushwick for the latest hipster hangouts and an escape from the tourist trail.

Top New York hotels

HI Hostel

HI Hostel

Ideal for travellers wishing to see the 'real' New York, with daily tours and activities to take you to the most unique corners of the city. Plus, it's located on the trendy Upper West Side near Central Park and the Subway. 
3* Wolcott Hotel

3* Wolcott Hotel

Ornamental and oozing class, this historic midtown hotel is only three blocks from the Empire State Building and boasts a prime spot from which to explore the core of the Big Apple. Make sure you take full advantage of the free morning muffins!
Bowery House

Bowery House

Part museum, part accommodation, this historical hotel has restored and preserved what was once a haven for World War II soldiers. Its small, quirky cabin rooms don't scrimp on those little extras, including exclusive artwork, Ralph Lauren towels and rain showers.

New York tours and activities

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New York Speakeasy Tour

Discover some of the Big Apple's Prohibition-era bars on this three hour Manhattan walking tour. Visit four speakeasies, and delve into the role that these secret bars played.
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Liberty Helicopter Tours

Experience the thrill of a helicopter ride as you pass the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Brooklyn Bridge. Enjoy a spectacular bird's-eye view of the Big Apple, cruising past the jaw-dropping landscape of NYC's skyline.
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New York Explorer Pass

Offering great value, convenience and entry to you choice of the city's top sights, this pass enables you to jump the queues and save money on New York's best attractions.

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