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Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

1. Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

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.

Liverpool: City & Beatles Tour 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

2. Liverpool: City & Beatles Tour 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Hop aboard the open-top bus tour of Liverpool and The Beatles. Listen to the social history of the city and where the Beatles were born and raised, stayed, and played. See all the city’s historic sights, including the Unesco World Heritage waterfront and the 2 magnificent Cathedrals. Your first stop is Penny Lane and the second Strawberry Field, where you can leave the bus for a priceless photo opportunity. Then you'll go to the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, before traveling back towards the city where you will hear all about the great River Mersey. Once you have completed the City and Beatles tour, use your ticket to join the hop-on hop-off city tour. Ride through the historical landmarks and attractions including The Royal Albert Dock, the iconic UNESCO waterfront, the world-famous Cavern Club, the World Museum, both of the magnificent Cathedrals, The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, China Town, and much more.  You will also have exclusive offers throughout the city, including a free glass of bubbly at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms.

Liverpool City Sights 24hr Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Bus Tour

3. Liverpool City Sights 24hr Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Bus Tour

Explore the historic UNESCO Mercantile Maritime City, taking in the stunning architecture of Liverpool on this entertaining tour of the city's top attractions and historic landmarks. Hop aboard the open-top bus at the Royal Albert Dock, and take a seat on the top deck for the best views.  You will learn about all of Liverpool's major sights, including The Royal Albert Dock, the iconic waterfront, and the world-famous Cavern Club. You will also hear about the World Museum, both of the magnificent cathedrals, the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, China Town and much more. The complete tour takes about 50 minutes and returns back to its original starting point at the Royal Albert Dock. You will also have access to exclusive offers throughout the city, including a free glass of bubbly at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms.

Liverpool and The Beatles Day Tour from London

4. Liverpool and The Beatles Day Tour from London

Arriving at Liverpool Lime Street, you'll have time to explore this Victorian City - stroll along the world-famous waterfront admiring the stunningly refurbished Albert Dock Complex. These beautifully restored dock warehouses are now home to a dazzling collection of bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and other unique attractions. Your tour includes tickets to The Beatles Story, where you can experience the most sensational story the pop world has ever known! In the afternoon your 'Magical Mystery Tour' is waiting to take you away! This 2-hour tour takes you around all the landmarks in the lives of the Fab Four, including their homes, schools, birthplaces, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and many other significant spots. Ends at the famous Cavern Club.

Liverpool: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

5. Liverpool: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore Liverpool. Receive messages to a phone from Captain Bess, a snarky pirate testing out new recruits to join her ship. Travel Captain Bess's carefully designed route through the city. Follow the treasure maps to get to the right place, then try to decipher the clue. Search high and low for the answer and see hidden sights usually missed by tourists. Ask for a hint to continue the journey through the city if the clues get too tough.  Start at the top of Bold Street and sneak along Georgian terraces and smaller streets, passing hidden gardens, delightful docks, and the stunning waterfront. Learn interesting facts and hear stories along the way about the sights along Bess's route and get a better understanding of the history of Liverpool. Get ready to explore Liverpool in a new way through this fun and interactive treasure hunt.

Liverpool: Guided City Walking Tour

6. Liverpool: Guided City Walking Tour

Trace the historical roots of Liverpool on a guided tour of the city center. Experience the city with a local guide as you tour its most important spots, including the Cavern Club and the waterfront. Learn about Liverpool's turbulent history as you explore the eclectic streets and admire the diverse architecture. Stop by the waterfront and the Albert Docks and hear about the city's trading history and its connection to the Titanic. Follow the lives of the Beatles from their early days in the Cavern Club. Admire the beloved city buildings that form the Three Graces along the Pier Head as well as lesser-known hidden gems along the way.

Liverpool: 2 City Walking Tours

7. Liverpool: 2 City Walking Tours

Go on a stroll through Liverpool and become an honourary scouser with your newfound knowledge of the city that has made a lasting influence on world trade, sport, and music. Join 2 guided walking tours, and explore other routes via a city guide app to discover the best of the city. For the best introduction to the city, start at the place that puts it on the map: the waterfront. The Waterfront tour takes you on a rags to riches journey along the docks. Learn about the port's humble beginnings to its greatest treasures, including The Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool Town Hall, and the elegant Castle Street. Hear of the city's dark dealings in slavery from the 17th to 19th centuries. See buildings that 'grace' the city's skyline from the waterfront itself, aptly named The Three Graces: the secrets of Liverpool's greatest industry success lie between them. Afterwards, head into the city center and discover more must-see Liverpool highlights hidden from view at the waterfront. Take a walk down William Brown Street, the heart of Liverpool's Cultural Quarter, and stop by Liverpool Library, the Picton Reading Rooms, and the World Museum. From the high street stores to the boutiques and craft stores in The Bluecoat, this tour leaves you with the best local tips for spending in the city. The Waterfront and City Centre are just two of six tours you can take throughout the city. The Anfield self-guided route takes you on a sojourn into the city's strong sports culture and history, starting at the awe-inspiring Anfield Stadium. Meanwhile, the Penny Lane and Strawberry Field self-guided tours follow in The Beatles' footsteps on their journey to success and everything that came after. Embark on the Cathedral Quarter tour that offers a mix of culture and entertainment, cathedrals and bars to finish off your stay in the fine city of Liverpool. So, after exploring many of the city's landmarks with your guide, use the free app included in your ticket to discover more of Liverpool and its incredible culture.

Liverpool: Private Experience See the Best w/ a Local

8. Liverpool: Private Experience See the Best w/ a Local

This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of Liverpool. See the main tourist attractions like Albert Docks. Walk along the dock’s and pop into some of the small shops dotted along the waterfront. If you want to pick up a few souvenirs or some Beatles memorabilia, this is the place to do it. If you are passionate about art, pop into the Tate Liverpool or if you are into history, your local host may suggest a walk to the Maritime Museum. Whichever your preferences, a bespoke experience will be designed for you. Book this experience and you will be contacted within 24-hours with questions about your preferences and interests. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. A like-minded and vetted local host who knows the city intimately and shares your interests will be handpicked and assigned to you and will design a personalized and bespoke itinerary built just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. During the exploration, if you feel like changing direction, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, he/ she will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Liverpool that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the internet, as they are lesser known to the crowd but loved by locals. Let your private local host show you the Liverpool you will love. Please indicate your desired meeting place and time when you book.  

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What people are saying about Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,815 reviews

In Liverpool for an overnight stay. Good way to see the important bits is to get on the Hop On Hop Off Bus. We also added the Beatles tour, which shows historic parts of the Beatles musical journey.

It was a great trip with a lot of information told on the way about the buildings you can see as you passed them. It was very windy so I would recommend taking something to keep you warm!

The experience itself was amazing Tony and Dave were fantastic very welcoming onto the bus and Tony was very knowledgeable of Liverpool and historic events

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

An absolutely fantastic outing, very informative and interesting and the guide was very knowledgeable, entertaining and funny