Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

From $15.32 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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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
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 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
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

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

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Important information

Know before you go

  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 336 reviews

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Good cruise in general and the u-boat museum was really interesting. However, the ferry doesn’t travel much through the river. Only the same route (quite a small one) back and forth. In general, it was a good price for the tour. In terms of the guide, there was no guide, only an audio that kept repeating in every stop. However, it was interesting, but not much interactive.

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February 3, 2020

Was a chilly day but one of those things you have to do in Liverpool. And it didn't disappoint. Great view and quite nostalgic being on the old ferry that has its own history. Would advise getting to the ticket office early as it is not quick. There was only two people on and they seemed to be handling a range of other things too, not just the ferry.

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October 24, 2019

Very Informative

The ferry was on time and the crew were very good, but a little indifferent. The information regarding Liverpool and its maritime history was very interesting. It would have been nice if they had played the full ‘ferry across the Mersey’ song in full at some stage of the 50 minute trip, but you did get to hear bits of it at every stop.

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October 6, 2019

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