1. United Kingdom
  2. North West England
  3. Liverpool
  4. River Mersey

Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

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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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Duration: 50 minutes
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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
  • Disembark and rejoin the cruise each hour at both Seacombe and Woodside ferry terminals
  • Benefit from free entry to the U- Boat Story - World War II Submarine Museum based at Woodside
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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. Make a day of it and disembark at both Seacombe and Woodside ferry terminals, returning to the hourly cruise at your leisure.

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
  • Free admission to the U-Boat Story at Woodside
  • Optional stops at Seacombe and Woodside ferry terminals
What’s Not Included
  • Refreshments (can be purchased on board)

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Meeting point

Mersey Ferries, Pier Head, George Parade, Liverpool L3 1DP, UK

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Please note:
• Dress for the outdoors as it can get windy (there is also seating inside)
• Be sure to bring a camera
• The ferry’s main deck is fully accessible for passengers with disabilities
• A café bar serves local products
• There are restrooms on board
• Ferries run every hour on the hour. During the summer months the tours run from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM on weekdays and 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM on weekend. During the winter months the tours run from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM every day
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Product ID: 48033