Tourist Travel guide

Statue of Liberty in New York

Statue of LibertyThe Statue of Liberty, officially called ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’, was inaugerated in 1886 by President Glover Cleveland, and has come to represent not only the City of New York, but the nation of America itself.

A gift of friendship from the French nation to mark the USA’s 100th centenary, it was sculpted in Paris by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi over two decades. The people of America at first reacted unfavourably to the statue being erected in New York Harbour, seeing the exercise as a waste of money. However, ever since its unveiling it has won the heart of the nation, and is New York city’s most loved monument.

The Statue of Liberty is made of a framework of 125 tons of steel, on which is hung a sheeting of 31 tons of pure copper, with the flame coated in gold leaf. The statue is 111 ft from head to toe, it helps to grasp the statues’ colossal dimensions, by knowing that the right arm is 42ft long, and the nose is 4 ft long.

The statue is often referred to as ‘Lady Liberty.’ The female figure proudly holds up the torch of freedom. The book in her left arm represents knowledge, and shows the date of the United States Declaration of Independence, 4 Jul, 1776 in roman numerals. The statue stands on Liberty Island, formerly known as Bedloe’s Island, on an irregular eleven star shaped pedestal, the pedestal walls were originally part of Fort Wood, an old military base.

Opening Hours
Statue of Liberty (Liberty Island)
Monday to Sunday: 9:30am – 5pm
Hours are adjusted seasonally
Every day except Christmas Day

Ferry Departures:
From Battery Park to Liberty Island
Summer: 08.00 – 02.00pm
Winter: 09.00 – 01.00pm
Hours are adjusted seasonally

Ferries leave around every 20 minutes
The last Ferry returning visitors to Battery Park leaves 15 minutes after Liberty Island closes

Adults: $25
Seniors: $21
Children (4-12):  $16
The island can only be reached by ferry:
(The ticket includes a visit to Ellis Island)

Note: There are three types of tickets. Standard, Pedestal Access, and Crown.
Standard and Pedestal Access tickets are the same price. We would recommend you request a Pedestal Access Ticket as this allows you inside the  Statue of Liberty.
A Crown Ticket coasts an extra $3. This allows you to climb to the crown of the Statue. There are limited places, and it is recommended you order Crown Tickets at least three months in advance of your visit.

Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island
New York, NY
Tel: 212-363-3200

How to Get There
Purchase round-trip ferry tickets at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park, Lower Manhattan.
Ferries from New York operate on a loop, stopping first at Liberty Island and then at Ellis Island before returning to Battery Park, New York.

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