As one of the UK’s most important ports, Liverpool makes an ideal springboard for river cruises and with one of the country’s most famous rivers - the River Mersey – running through the heart of the city, you won’t have to travel far to get on the water. Cruising on the River Mersey isn’t limited to city tours – the 113km river stretches all the way to Stockport in Greater Manchester and links with Manchester Ship Canal and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. With England’s vast network of canal ways open to the public, there’s scope for traveling all over the UK and multi-day boat tours, eco-friendly narrow boat holidays and barge cruises have been popular since the 1950s.
If you prefer to stay in the city, River Mersey Explorer Cruises run along Liverpool’s UNESCO world heritage listed waterfront, between the three main ports of Pier Head, Seacombe and Birkenhead Woodside, and all-day cruise tickets allow passengers to hop-on and hop-off along the route. A 50-minute cruise passes sights like the Maritime museum, the Tate Liverpool Gallery, the Birkenhead Priory and St Mary’s Tower, but it’s also possible to buy a combined sightseeing pass, which includes access to attractions like the Spaceport, U-Boat Story or The Beatles Story.