Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

From $15.36 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, the 3 Graces, and Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.

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  • See major sights on the River Mersey, including the Albert Dock, the 3 Graces, and Liverpool’s 2 cathedrals
  • Admire the UNESCO World Heritage-listed waterfront
  • 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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    • 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
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    4.4 /5

    based on 394 reviews

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    Left in plenty of time however roadworks nearby caused some issue's with Sat Nav directions. Made it in time though. Guy at the tills was very helpful helping me to find my ticket on the app and also telling me about points of interest. Queue to get on ferry went quickly once ferry had docked. Plenty of seating on board lucky weather was lovely so lots of places around the ferry to take pictures. Commentary could have been a bit clearer but got the jist of it. Would definitely recommend lovely views from the Mersey.

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    July 24, 2021

    An enjoyable experience. Really needed to go round again to take in all the information that was given about the buildings, the history and more! At the back I couldn't see the buildings as they emerged and were being description - almost as if we were out of synch. Also, the speakers were better one side of the boat than the other.

    July 22, 2021

    The cruise was lovely and well organised. We went on a very hot day and were able to sit undercover by the open sides so enjoyed the river breeze but kept out of the full sun. We couldn't really hear the commentary over the noise of the boat but that was ok, the picture maps and our guidebook helped us to figure out what we were seeing. A great experience and worth the money.

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    July 21, 2021

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