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Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

From US$ 14.59 per person

Take a trip on the world-famous Mersey Ferries during this 50-minute sightseeing cruise. Explore the city and river's musical and maritime past, admire sights including Royal Albert Dock, and the 3 Graces.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • See major sights on the River Mersey, including the Albert Dock, the 3 Graces, and Liverpool’s 2 cathedrals
  • Learn about Mersey Ferries and the performances of the Beatles on board
  • See the Razzle Dazzle Ferry Snowdrop, design by pop artist Sir Peter Blake who also designed The Beatles Sgt Peppers album
Full description
From the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. On this 50-minute cruise, you’ll sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage. There is simply no better way to enjoy Liverpool’s iconic waterfront than from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Learn about the history of the Mersey Ferries and the Beatles, who performed 4 times on board the Royal Iris. The performances spanned 3 distinct periods in the development of the renowned group. The first ferry performance was on a cruise in August 1961, when the Beatles were still wearing leather. In August of the following year, they performed again, changing their image to a more clean-cut look, sporting suits, and ties. Their final ferry show was on 28 September 1962, featuring Ringo on drums. By this time they had recorded their first single, Love Me Do, at Abbey Road Studios. A week after the show, Love Me Do was released. While enjoying the surroundings you can listen to the commentary in English pointing out the sights along the river. Information sheets in other languages are provided. The tour departs on the hour from Liverpool Pier Head.
Includes
  • A 50-minute cruise on the River Mersey
  • Commentary in English
  • Refreshments (can be purchased on board)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Please arrive 30 minutes prior to sailing to redeem your voucher.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Dress for the outdoors as it can get windy (there is also seating inside)
  • The ferry’s main deck is fully accessible for passengers with disabilities
  • Food and drinks are not included in the cost of the tour but a café bar serving local products is available on board
  • There are restrooms on board
  • You can travel at any time on the day that you book the cruise
  • The River Cruise runs every hour on the hour from Liverpool Pier Head weekdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM weekends
  • Please arrive at least 25-minutes prior to sailing to redeem your voucher as the cruise starts prompt on the hour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 865 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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It was a great experience but the boat looked a bit tired and we were disappointed that we did not get the brightly coloured boat. We had just returned from a trip to London and the place was spotless. No sign of any chewing gum on the pavements unlike Liverpool. The pavements at the Albert Dock were lovely but they needed cleaning.

November 8, 2021

Thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful, entertaining and informative experience. The whole journey was enhanced by the funny and knowledgeable Tour Guide, Chris, supported by the excellent driver Ann. The quick "banter" from both was lovely. The route was interesting, and with Chris' singing and playing his banjo, we all departed the bus with big smiles. A very successful journey.

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November 4, 2021

We did the Ferry on the Mersey tour as a family trip whilst in Liverpool, we all enjoyed it and found it enjoyable, informative and value for money. The weather wasn’t great and would have preferred to have gone on a dry clear day but we were sheltered enough and really enjoyed it

October 28, 2021

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