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Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

From US$ 15.12 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.

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  • 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
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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.
  • 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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  • 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
  • A café bar serves local products
  • 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
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4.4 /5

based on 766 reviews

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The best place to hear the commentary was at the front of the ferry on the top deck. I learnt a lot about the history of Liverpool.The 50 minutes for the cruise was enough time.I really enjoyed the experience & went on to order an open top bus to see & hear more of the history of Liverpool. The whole day was excellent. I would definitely come back to Liverpool.

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October 17, 2021

As tour guide talks about both sides of the Mersey, you need to be on top deck of the ferry to understand the full experience, and as it was a wet day that was not possible, so a bit disappointing. Although I did enjoy it , my advice would be to go on a dry day and sit on the top deck. It was good value for money especially if you got off at the other side for a few hours and got a later ferry back to Liverpool. There were a lot of interesting facts in the talk by the tour guide.

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October 14, 2021

the tour was interesting, learned a few cool facts but it was really quiet over the speaker. could be played louder especially since most of the other riders were elderly. Also the seating situation was strange, but worked out fine. there were some table chairs that people pulled out to the edge to get a better view. overall, it was cheap and something to do! the water was stinky though, very sulfur-y smelling. also i didn’t realize we could get off on the other side, would have been cool to know beforehand to plan something.

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September 29, 2021

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