Probably the world’s most famous statue, the Statue of Liberty sits pride of place on Liberty island, in the middle of New York harbour. The statue, who’s full name is actually ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’, arrived in New York in 1885 as a gift from the people of France. Designed by Frederic Batholdi and built by the famous Gustave Eiffel, the copper statue depicts the Roman goddess Libertas and is an icon of freedom for the people of America.
The position of the statue, next to the Ellis Island immigration centre, meant that for many years the statue would welcome all new arrivals to New York and the USA. It is thought that around 12million immigrants to the United States were processed through Ellis Island. Nowadays the island stands as a museum and a monument to those who passed through.
Ferries depart to the statue and the Ellis Island immigration museum everyday from 8.30am from the southern tip of Manhattan. Book at least a week in advance and you can purchase access to the pedestal and crown of the statue itself.