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

Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

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Discover the legacy of Liverpool and the River Mersey, with its musical and maritime past. Take a 50-minute cruise and see important sights such as the Albert Dock, the 3 Graces, and Liverpool’s 2 cathedrals. Learn about the Beatles connection as well.
About this activity
Duration 50 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live guide
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese
Wheelchair accessible
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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
Full description
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 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.
  • 50-minute cruise on the River Mersey
  • Commentary in English
  • Free admission to the U-Boat Story at Woodside
What’s Not Included
  • Refreshments (can be purchased on board)

When you get there

Meeting point

Liverpool Pier Head, Mann Island L3 1DP

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Know before you go
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