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Liverpool: Sightseeing River Cruise on the Mersey River

1. Liverpool: Sightseeing River Cruise on the Mersey River

Step back in time as you hear about the Beatles and Mersey Ferries on this river cruise in Liverpool. Discover Liverpool’s iconic waterfront from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Hop aboard the ferry at Liverpool Pier Head and begin your water adventure. Have the option to purchase some delicious refreshments while you admire the city from the water. Listen to commentary as your guide points out sights Sail past the cast iron, brick and stone buildings at the Royal Albert Dock. Take in views of the architectural ensemble of the 1900-era 3 Graces which includes a stunning Gothic-style skyscraper. Hear about the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. Find out how they are connected to the Mersey Ferries. Sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage.

Liverpool: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Liverpool: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

The best way to appreciate Merseyside and Liverpool’s iconic waterfront is from the River Mersey. Start the adventure from the Pier Head, where the 50-minute river cruise departs from hourly. Departing hourly, on the hour, the 50-minute river cruise sails from Pier Head. Enjoy commentary that highlights the city’s waterfront heritage.  The open-top city bus tour shows the best of Liverpool to you by land. Visit iconic places of interest and learn about the city’s culture and history with a live guide on every bus. Hop off and back on to visit sites of interest to you. Bus tour stops: • Albert Dock • Pier Head • Liverpool One • The Cavern Quarter • Museums, Gallery & Library • Queen Square Bus Station • Adelphi Hotel • Metropolitan Cathedral • Philharmonic Pub • Liverpool Cathedral • St Luke's - Bombed Out Church • Chinese Arch • Cain's Brewery Village • M&S Arena & ACC

Liverpool: 3-Hour Bay Cruise

3. Liverpool: 3-Hour Bay Cruise

During this three-hour cruise, you’ll enjoy incredible scenery and learn more about the fascinating history and geography of the River Mersey and Liverpool Bay with expert commentary from your guide.  With incredible panoramic views of the river, sail past Liverpool's UNESCO-listed waterfront, Royal Seaforth Docks, Fort Perch Rock at New Brighton, and along the Crosby Channel towards Blundellsands and Formby. This special sightseeing cruise will also give you the chance to experience Anthony Gormley’s spectacular Another Place art installation at Crosby Beach from the river. Enjoy incredible views of the 100 cast-iron life-sized figures spread across foreshore, stretching out into the sea. As you sail back into Liverpool from the mouth of the river and the Irish Sea, follow the journey of many cruise liners and ships, past and present. There will be live music from talented local artists, and a fully-licensed bar will be open throughout the cruise where you can buy snacks and drinks.

Liverpool: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

4. Liverpool: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the sound-soaked streets of Liverpool. This musically instructed adventure aims to have your funky moves on display and your pop star voice serenading the people of the city. Experience a unique roaming riot of revelry around the music capital of the United Kingdom. Expect all your inhibitions to evaporate away as you don your hi-tech headset and bust some swinging grooves whilst your tour guide takes you on a one hour adventure of this amazing city. Be prepared to never look at Liverpool, or yourself, in the same way again.

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What people are saying about River Mersey

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 890 reviews

Booked this for myself and my 2 sisters, unsure what to expect, but this was simply the best thing we have done, it was fabulous. Not wanting to spoil anything but book this and you will not be disappointed.

We hopped on & off several buses with different drivers and tour guides. Every single one were fabulous. Informative, friendly and funny

Enjoyed the cruise, the only thing I would change would be the volume of the narrative. It was far too loud, unpleasantly so.

Excellent tour, very informative, funny and interesting. Definitely recommend

This was such fun, did it with my husband and we both had a fantastic time