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River Mersey

River Mersey: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

Liverpool City Explorer 24 hour hop-on hop-off Bus Tour

3. Liverpool City Explorer 24 hour hop-on hop-off Bus Tour

Liverpool is a city of great tradition, fabulous humor and stunning architecture. This hop-on hop-off bus service is serious about culture, comedy and style. On board see the city with an informative guide to help you explore the best bits of Liverpool. Hear about the history, drama, talent and funny stuff that’s made Liverpool what it is today. Hop on and off at 14 stops including, the Mersey Ferries, cathedrals, Chinese Arch and Museum and galleries. The full loop takes approximately 50 minutes and runs all year round. 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 • Echo Arena & ACC  

Liverpool: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

4. Liverpool: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the sound-soaked streets of Liverpool. This musically instructed adventure aims to have your funky moves on display and your pop star voice serenading the people of the city. Experience a unique roaming riot of revelry around the music capital of the United Kingdom. Expect all your inhibitions to evaporate away as you don your hi-tech headset and bust some swinging grooves whilst your tour guide takes you on a one hour adventure of this amazing city. Be prepared to never look at Liverpool, or yourself, in the same way again.

The Liverpool Pass: All top attractions including Bus Tour

5. The Liverpool Pass: All top attractions including Bus Tour

Discover the rich history of Liverpool. Follow the footsteps of the Beatles. See the city from the water with a cruise down river Mersey, jump on a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour, and immerse yourself in England's most vibrant city. Get great savings off Liverpool’s leading attractions with the Liverpool Pass®, the only sightseeing city pass that gives you access to Liverpool's top attractions including: -The Beatles Story -River Explorer Cruise -City Explorer Bus Tour -British Music Experience -Liverpool Football Club Museum & Boom Exhibition -Strawberry Fields

The Liverpool Pass: 2-Day All top attractions inc Bus Tour

6. The Liverpool Pass: 2-Day All top attractions inc Bus Tour

Discover the rich history of Liverpool as well as some of its contemporary highlights with this multi-attraction pass that's valid for 2 days. Save money compared to the regular admission prices and discover what most interests you. Follow the footsteps of the Beatles as you visit The Beatles Story, see the city from the water on a cruise down the River Mersey, jump on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, and more as you immerse yourself in one of England's most vibrant cities. Save up to 35% on some of the city's leading attractions and choose what interests you the most. Your pass gives you access to top Liverpool attractions including: • The Beatles Story • River Explorer Cruise • City Explorer Bus Tour • British Music Experience • Liverpool Football Club Museum • Strawberry Fields

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What people are saying about River Mersey

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,927 reviews

This is something I have wanted to do since I was a little girl so decided to visit Liverpool and do the ferry on my 60th birthday, it was lovely and the commentary was excellent, really enjoyed it.

Well organised, interesting tour. Not too long, you can get off at Birkenhead and spend an hour or 2 there. Bring a jacket if you want to sit outside!

Very helpful .We were 4 OAPs and I have a mobility walker.Couldnt be kinder.Arranged a buggy for me to go up the ramp.

Great morning out seeing Liverpool from the water a must for all visitors to the city

Plenty of room on board, great views, very informative. Thoroughly enjoyed it!