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New York holiday deals and things to do when you’re there


Head to Brooklyn for breathtaking views of the bridge (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

President Joe Biden announced this week that US travel rules would be changing from November, meaning people from the UK will be more easily able to visit the country.

Double-vaxxed travellers will be able to go to the USA providing they show a negative PCR test, which is great news for anyone with family across the pond – or those who just want a holiday.

New York is one of the easiest (and cheapest) places in the US to get to from the UK, and there are attractions and food and drink options for every budget and taste.

We’ve compiled some of the best deals to the Big Apple, as well as some of the top attractions you have to visit.

New York holiday deals

A 7-night stay at the four-star Freehand Hotel in the centre of Manhattan’s Flatiron District, including flights, starts from £539 per person with LoveHolidays. The family-friendly accommodation has everything you need, as well as a bar, restaurant, and terrace.

A week-long December trip to Brooklyn, again with flights included, costs around £886 per person (dependent on dates) with Thomas Cook. You’ll be staying at the Even Hotel, which has in-room fitness zones for private workouts, spa-inspired showers, and all-natural eucalyptus linens. Perfect for a break centred around wellness.

Iconic skyscrapers like the Chrysler building dot the skyline (Credits: Getty Images)

For those who want a more classic New York experience is the Stewart Hotel, which has its own ballroom and high ceilings harking back to the American glamour of the roaring 20s. A 7-night stay here, with flights, in December costs £979.50 with British Airways.

If you’d prefer to book flights and hotels separately, Skyscanner is currently showing flights for just £308 for a return in early December. These direct flights go from JFK to London Heathrow, and are with Virgin Atlantic.

What to do in New York

If you’re visiting New York for the first time, the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Ehand Central Park will all be on your list.

These must-see attractions are a rite of passage to NYC newbies, but there’s also so much more to see and do.

Times Square may be touristy, but it’s a must for first-time visitors (Picture: Getty Images)

For example, the city is home to some of the world’s most famous museums and galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History.

Those who like to see the sights on foot can walk the High Line, a park set on an abandoned railway that takes you from the Meatpacking District, along to Chelsea Market and Hudson’s Yard.

Sports fans can book to watch the New York Yankees play baseball at their Bronx stadium, while foodies can sample the iconic sandwiches from Katz’s Deli (famous for being the setting of Meg Ryan’s ‘fake orgasm’ in When Harry Met Sally).

There’s something for everyone, and it’s a city so large and diverse you could explore for weeks and still find new things to do and see.

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