New York Skyline with Brooklyn Bridge

New York City Breaks

A New York City Break Guide

The Big Apple has always been one of those ideal destinations for a quick break but a New York city break doesn't have to be as expensive as you might initially think.

There are plenty of options that can help you cut the cost of your trip to NYC, including making full use of the various free activities and attractions in the city that never sleeps.

One thing not to miss out on, however, is the shopping, something that this grand city has become famous for.

Getting to, from and around New York

The London to New York flight route is one of the most competitive in the world which means each airline is clawing at the chance for your to book with them.

Regional departures are now very frequent with the likes of United Airlines offering cheap flights to New York from cities such as Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh.

Getting around New York is easily done by subway. Understanding the subway system can take a little while, but once you have the hang of it, it's actually very easy to use.

Things to do in New York

When you are on a short break in New York, but you're also on a budget, making your dollars go as far as possible is key. Take full advantage of the free activities and attractions across the city.

Central Park

Central Park is one of New York's iconic places and is a must see for any visitor to NYC. In the summer, the park hosts various events and performances, whilst in winter, the Wollman Rink is a great opportunity to ice skate with a spectacular skyline. Check our Bethesda Terrace to see first hand where scenes from the film, Home Alone 2, were shot.

Brooklyn Brewery Tour

At some point on your holiday in New York, you'll want to venture over to Brooklyn, one of New York's historic boroughs and well known for it's multicultural population. Amongst the tree lined streets, you'll come across the Brooklyn Brewery, one of the borough's favourite buildings. Tours of the brewery are free on Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 4pm.

Where to stay in New York

If you are able to, staying in Manhattan, especially for first time visitors is ideal, so that you are right in the heart of the city.

Midtown is a great central area and perfect for accessing the city's attractions. This is where it all happens, and is the best location for Times Square and the Theatre District.

Over the years Chelsea has become one of the city's trendy neighbourhoods, and is an ideal location for stays on your second or third visit to the city.