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Our most recommended Liverpool Cruises & Boat Tours

Liverpool: Sightseeing River Cruise on the Mersey River

1. Liverpool: Sightseeing River Cruise on the Mersey River

Step back in time as you hear about the Beatles and Mersey Ferries on this river cruise in Liverpool. Discover Liverpool’s iconic waterfront from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Hop aboard the ferry at Liverpool Pier Head and begin your water adventure. Have the option to purchase some delicious refreshments while you admire the city from the water. Listen to commentary as your guide points out sights Sail past the cast iron, brick and stone buildings at the Royal Albert Dock. Take in views of the architectural ensemble of the 1900-era 3 Graces which includes a stunning Gothic-style skyscraper. Hear about the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. Find out how they are connected to the Mersey Ferries. Sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage.

Liverpool: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Liverpool: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

The best way to appreciate Merseyside and Liverpool’s iconic waterfront is from the River Mersey. Start the adventure from the Pier Head, where the 50-minute river cruise departs from hourly. Departing hourly, on the hour, the 50-minute river cruise sails from Pier Head. Enjoy commentary that highlights the city’s waterfront heritage.  The open-top city bus tour shows the best of Liverpool to you by land. Visit iconic places of interest and learn about the city’s culture and history with a live guide on every bus. Hop off and back on to visit sites of interest to you. Bus tour stops: • Albert Dock • Pier Head • Liverpool One • The Cavern Quarter • Museums, Gallery & Library • Queen Square Bus Station • Adelphi Hotel • Metropolitan Cathedral • Philharmonic Pub • Liverpool Cathedral • St Luke's - Bombed Out Church • Chinese Arch • Cain's Brewery Village • M&S Arena & ACC

From Liverpool: Lake District Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

3. From Liverpool: Lake District Sightseeing Adventure Day Trip

The tour departs from Liverpool and drives out of the city into the luscious surrounding countryside. Admire the views as you travel to the UK’s largest national park, the Lake District, stopping at the underground Rheged Discovery Center along the way. During the partially narrated 2-hour journey to the Lake District, the tour also stops by the famous Castlerigg Neolithic Stone Circle where you can feel ancient mythical energy flowing around you. Continue onto Grasmere Village, which boasts an array of beautiful 19th-century architecture, as well as the grave of well-known poet William Wordsworth. Afterward, let your nose lead the way to Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop, where you can taste a selection of traditional sweet treats. Once you’ve filled up on gingerbread, it’s time to explore the national park and navigate through the Langdales, also known as "Little Switzerland". As you wander around the park, marvel at breathtaking views over the landscape, consisting of some of the most dramatic and diverse scenery in the UK. Throughout the tour, enjoy plenty of stops both on and off the bus to make the most of your trip to the Lake District. One of the highlights of the day includes an amble around Blea Tarn and a stop at Ambleside, where you can get lost in the maze of twisting streets or shop at a selection of picturesque stores.

St James' Necropolis, Secret Garden Cemetery Tour Liverpool

4. St James' Necropolis, Secret Garden Cemetery Tour Liverpool

Begin your Journey outside Liverpool’s most famously haunted hostelry, The Philharmonic Pub Hope Street, surrounded by the former hospitals, asylums, workhouses, and children’s homes once served by the Necropolis. View the surrounding neighborhood that envelops the Dormitory of the Dead, St James’ Cemetery. Enter Liverpool’s Père Lachaise, City of the Dead, St James’ Secret Garden Cemetery. Listen to your guide masterfully weave ghostly tales and gruesome fables, medical accounts of the realities of the many Public Health crisis experienced by the city’s residents all swept up in the melancholy moods that pass through this great green lung. Absorb Liverpool’s awe-inspiring Anglican Cathedral “head and shoulders of the City” from the underbelly of this sea-soaked sanctuary. Experience the otherworldly soul of St. James’ Cemetery Gardens after dark, where nearly 58,000 of Liverpool’s great and good are entombed. Visit the venerable Chalybeate spring, where Liverpool’s only remaining natural spa waters flow from the rock bed of the town, believed to possess enlivening healing properties. Marvel at the impressive mausoleums and shrines including William Huskisson- the first victim to fall beneath the grinding might of a locomotive train- whose ghoulish presence still haunts his final resting place.

From Liverpool: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Adventure

5. From Liverpool: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Adventure

Get a taste of Yorkshire on a full-day minibus tour from Liverpool. Explore the county's history and cuisine, admire feats of Victorian engineering, and see the picturesque Hardraw Force waterfall. After a partially-narrated 2-hour journey, arrive in Haworth to discover the stories of the Bronte Sisters – Anne, Charlotte, and Emily. From there, head to the stunning limestone feature of Malham Cove, formed by melt-water from glaciers over 12,000 years ago. See the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering, and take a stroll to get a closer look at its 1.5 million bricks. A stop at the must-visit Wensleydale Creamery follows. Sample some of its famous cheeses, made originally by Cistercian Monks. Next, visit the pretty village of Hawes, a honeypot of a town boasting shops, cafes, pubs, and locals sipping John Smith's while munching a Yorkshire Pudding. Once you have explored Hawes, head to Hardraw Force, the UK's highest single-drop waterfall, which is over 100 feet tall. Enjoy the splash pool and the breathtaking natural “amphitheater” before beginning your journey back to Liverpool.

Liverpool: Beatles and Cavern Quarter Walking Tours

6. Liverpool: Beatles and Cavern Quarter Walking Tours

Discover Liverpool, one of the most iconic cities in the UK, on epic walking tours with a flexible 3-day ticket. Join a stroll through Liverpool and become an honourary Scouser with your newfound knowledge. The Waterfront tour takes you on a rag to riches journey along the docks. Learn about the port's humble beginnings to its greatest treasures, including The Royal Albert Dock, Town Hall, and the elegant Castle Street. Afterwards, head into the city centre to discover more must-see Liverpool highlights. Walk down William Brown Street, the heart of Liverpool's Cultural Quarter, where we will stop by Liverpool Library and the Picton Reading Rooms. If you don't have time to join tours on the same day, don't worry, your ticket is valid for 3 days from first use. City & Cavern Quarter includes: The Cavern Club The Bluecoat St George's Hall The Old Dock Queen Victoria Monument 16 Cook Street John Lennon Statue Mathew Street Eleaanor Rigby Statue Dr. Duncan's Pub St John's Gardens Walker Art Gallery Paradise Street The Beatles and Waterfront include: Liverpool Town Hall Castle Street Titanic Memorial Royal Albert Dock Beatles Story Museum of Liverpool The Liver Birds St Nicholas Church & gardens Derby Square Chavasse Park Main sights in the self-guided routes: Stanley Park Penny Lane sign Chinatown 9 Newcastle Road Rodney Street Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Anglican Cathedral St James Gardens Strawberry Field Gates The Old Quarry

Liverpool: Best of Liverpool Sightseeing Private Taxi Tour

7. Liverpool: Best of Liverpool Sightseeing Private Taxi Tour

Go on a fascinating journey into Liverpool's 800-year history on a private tour in a taxi. See famous landmarks along the way, and learn all about the northern metropolis from your expert local guide. Gain insight into Liverpool by hearing local tales and history from your guide, all while traveling in comfort. Sit back and relax as you're driven around town in one of England's iconic black cabs. Marvel at the famous Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals, and see architectural gems such as the Town Hall and Castle Street. Discover the origins of the city's unique "Scouse" accent and explore some stories behind the term. Listen as your local guide shares stories about the city for a unique perspective. End your tour by seeing the Anfield and Liverpool Football Club, as well as the Historic Waterfront, including a walk past the Three Graces.

Liverpool: The Beatles and Waterfront Guided Walking Tour

8. Liverpool: The Beatles and Waterfront Guided Walking Tour

Learn about the history of Liverpool on a live guided walking tour with an extra app on your phone with a city map. Stroll along the famous Waterfront and take a trip through time at the Beatles Story. Admire the traditional architecture of the Royal Albert Dock and pass by the Town Hall. Make your way to the Queen Victoria Monument to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Have brief introductions and an overview of your adventure before you set off through the city. Follow a rags-to-riches story with live commentary as you pass along the Royal Albert Docks and understand how the icons of Liverpool's humble beginnings have become its greatest treasures. This tour includes stops at: • Liverpool Town Hall • Castle Street • Titanic Memorial • Royal Albert Dock • Beatles Story • Museum of Liverpool • The Liver Birds • Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas • Derby Square • Chavasse Park

Liverpool: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

9. Liverpool: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore Liverpool. Receive messages to a phone from Captain Bess, a snarky pirate testing out new recruits to join her ship. Travel Captain Bess's carefully designed route through the city. Follow the treasure maps to get to the right place, then try to decipher the clue. Search high and low for the answer and see hidden sights usually missed by tourists. Ask for a hint to continue the journey through the city if the clues get too tough.  Start at the top of Bold Street and sneak along Georgian terraces and smaller streets, passing hidden gardens, delightful docks, and the stunning waterfront. Learn interesting facts and hear stories along the way about the sights along Bess's route and get a better understanding of the history of Liverpool. Get ready to explore Liverpool in a new way through this fun and interactive treasure hunt.

Liverpool: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Highlights Tour

10. Liverpool: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Highlights Tour

Explore the top sights in Liverpool with an immersive smartphone scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. Discover the city with location-based while admiring the sights in a unique way. See the World Museum and visit the largest cathedral in Britain. After downloading your tour app (download instructions received via email after booking), begin your adventure to 10 of the most important attractions of the city. With maximum flexibility, you can start the activity at any time, stopping and going as you please. Start your tour at the beautiful World Museum. Once you start, you'll uncover clues at each attraction to reveal your next destination. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to solve a puzzle at the exterior of each attraction and work toward finishing the game. Along the way, take in the sights at your own pace while learning information and facts about Liverpool. Visit the iconic St. George's Hall. Photograph St. Johns Beacon climb to see its view and admire the famous and historic the Cavern Club. Admire the architecture of Tate Liverpool and then continue on to Chinatown and last, but certainly not least, the Liverpool Cathedral. Choose to take a lunch break, stop to fully enjoy the sights, and capture as many pictures as you want.

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What people are saying about Liverpool

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 276 reviews

Really relaxing , had few drinks in the bar , probably best to sit on the right hand side of boat when you get on as most of the info is directed to buildings on that side

Really great day trip , got to see a lot of the countryside which we otherwise wouldn’t have seen, you get a good varied trip in one day

excellent service fantastic value for money and a tour guide full of character and relevant knowledge....highly recommended

Both the river cruise and bus tour gave us a really good introduction to the places of interest and history of Liverpool.

We had our own personnel tour of Liverpool. Was amazing Thank you x