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Statue of Liberty

An emblem of America and its ideals of freedom, Lady Liberty has welcomed visitors since 1886.

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Only 240 people are allowed up to the crown per day, so make sure you book. It’s 393 steps, but it’s also now wheelchair accessible. Enjoy the view

The Statue of Liberty is perhaps the defining image of the United States. Yet the colossal, neoclassical monument was actually built in France and shipped to New York in hundreds of pieces. It took four months to put her together. The statue is hollow, made of thinly pounded copper sheets bolted over a steel framework. Designed by sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi along with the engineer Gustave Eiffel, it was hailed as a new kind of union between art and engineering.

The figure is a robed female representing the Roman goddess Libertas. She’s 305 feet tall, wears a size 879 shoe and has a 35 foot waistline. Her torch shows liberty enlightening the world, and her tablet has the date of the American Declaration of Independent inscribed on it. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is clearly laden with symbolism and history.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

The statue was presented by France to affirm the historical alliance between the two nations, but the pedestal was built by the Americans. It was financed with help from the publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World, who started a drive for donations that resulted in more than 120,000 individually small, but collectively substantial, contributions. Which seems appropriate, given the statue is symbol of freedom and democracy.

A history of immigration

Besides liberty, the statue has also become a symbol of hope for immigrants, welcoming then into New York by sea for over one hundred years. An inscription by the poet Emma Lazarus, written for the statue, can be found on the pedestal: "Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Nearby Attractions

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Battery Park
This historic park on Manhattan's southern tip hosts a number of memorials and a rather special carousel.
Charging Bull
A guerilla installation following the 1987 stock market crash, the Charging Bull remains in the financial district as a symbol of energy, strength and unpredictability.
Pedestal Museum
Located inside the Statue of Liberty's pedestal, the museum displays interesting Liberty exhibits including her original torch.
Ellis Island
This island served as New York’s main immigration station from 1892 until 1954.
Bowling Green
Small park where a statue of George III used to reign over Lower Manhattan
Castle Clinton
19th century fort in Battery Park

Related Tours

Democracy and Hope: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour
See New York through a different perspective in a tour which takes you out to the islands in Upper Bay. With visits to both the State of Liberty and Ellis Island, you will be able to see New York from the perspective of so many of the immigrants who helped grow the wealth and history of the United States. 

  • See the breathtaking Statue of Liberty
  • Appreciate the contribution of American immigrants visiting Ellis Island
  • Go around the historic Castle Clinton
Lady Liberty

You will begin your tour at Castle Clinton, a former Fort in Battery Park, where you will board the ferry to the famous Liberty Island. Along the way, you will learn about the remarkable history of the Statue of Liberty, as well as its significance to modern America. From here you will also be able to enjoy a breathtaking view over the Manhattan skylines and harbor. 

Boarding at Liberty Island, you will hear all about the fascinating history of the Liberty figure, and how this 100th birthday gift to America from France was shipped from Paris to New York, and finally unveiled after 10 years of construction in 1886. You will also pay a visit to the fascinating Pedestal Museum, where you will be able to venture to the top of Lady Liberty’s pedestal for a perfect view over the harbor. 

Built on Immigration

It is estimated that forty percent of the entire US population can trace at least one relative's arrival to the US, through the port of New York and Ellis Island. At Ellis Island you will discover the many extraordinary stories of families journeying to New York City since the earliest days of the United States founding. At the museum, your expert local guide will talk you through some of the exhibits on display. You will also have time to properly enjoy the museum at your own pace, as you immerse yourself in a similar journey to that of a newly arrived person. You will be able to grab a bite to eat on the island, or alternatively, you may purchase some snacks on the ferry back to Manhattan.

Origins of NYC Group Walking Tour with Statue of Liberty Tickets
NYC started as a small Dutch settlement - two centuries later, it is one of the world's greatest cities. This meteoric rise was fuelled by revolutionaries and immigrants.  On this original tour of the Southern Tip of NYC you will: 

  • Learn about one of America's revolutionary founding fathers and famous immigrant, Alexander Hamilton 
  • See what remains of a fence that was cut apart for bullets used by the rebels in the Revolutionary War
  • Visit the site where Washington was inaugurated and gave his farewell address at the historic Fraunces Tavern
  • Hear stories from three centuries of immigrants who made a new life for themselves in New York City
  • Stand in the spot where families waited for news of their loved ones aboard the Titanic
  • Visit the hallowed grounds of the 9/11 Memorial 
  • Learn about the 1920 Wall Street Bombing and the origins of the name of this famous street
  • Hop aboard a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, for an audio tour of each historic place
Your tour of New York City begins with the story of one of America's most famous immigrants, Alexander Hamilton. The founding father, who created the American financial system, was born in Saint Kitts and Nevis, and departed for the US to attend university. He landed in New York City, where tens of millions of others, have followed in his footsteps. 

On your tour of Lower Manhattan,  see places where events led to the American Revolution, the site of the first inaugural address,  Hamilton's personal residence, his grave site at Trinity Church. You will visit the famous 'Charging Bull' and find Hamilton's fingerprint on our current economic system. 

Then, your tour continues through the story of the immigrants who followed Hamilton through today. See where the family members of Titanic victims awaited news of their loved ones at the White Star line offices, and  then continue on to the National September 11 Memorial pools for each tower. Here, you can pay your respects to the fallen and ponder how the terror attack has impacted US immigration policy for two decades. 

Your guide will then give you your tickets for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour, before departing with you. 

Please allow a total of  3.5 hours for  the entire experience to include the 1.5-hour walking tour and 2 hours for Liberty Island Trip which is done on your own with audio guides.


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