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

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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2 hours  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 6 more


See Liverpool by land and water on this enjoyable combo tour.  Take a River Explorer cruise along Liverpool’s UNESCO-listed waterfront, seeing the sights as the onboard commentary recounts their history. Plus, enjoy included entry to the U-boat Story, a museum dedicated to a War II German U-boat. Couple your cruise with a hop-on hop-off City Explorer open-top, double-decker bus tour. With your 24-hour pass, travel around must-sees such as St. George's Hall and Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, listening to the live commentary and hopping off at stops of interest.
  • Liverpool River Explorer cruise and City Explorer hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • View all Liverpool’s iconic waterfront and city sights in one day
  • Cruise by the UNESCO World Heritage-site waterside, including the Albert Dock and Liver Building
  • Hear about Liverpool’s history from the onboard boat and bus commentary
  • Enjoy included entry to the U-Boat Story, a museum showcasing a real German U-boat
  • See top Liverpool attractions by open-top, double-decker bus, including the Cavern Club
  • Hop on and off as you wish at the designated stops with your 24-hour pass
River Explorer Cruise :

Make your own way to Pier Head on the River Mersey, arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your chosen departure: the ferry departs regularly during the day.

Step aboard for your cruise, and sail along Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage site waterfront, passing sights such as the Royal Liver Building and historical Albert Dock.

As you admire the sights, explore the boat’s information zones and listen to the illuminating commentary. Hear about Liverpool’s maritime and musical history, from tales of smuggling to stories of how The Beatles performed on the Mersey ferries ‘Riverboat Shuffles’ of the 1960s.

Break your journey at any of the three stops: Seacombe, Woodside and Wirral. Your cruise ticket includes entry to the U-boat Story at Woodside. Head inside this interactive exhibition to learn about life aboard a real German U-boat during World War II.

City Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour:

At Pier Head, board the City Explorer open-top, double-decker bus with your 24-hour pass. Buses run regularly and travel around sights such as the Walker Art Gallery and bombed-out St Luke’s Church, damaged in 1941. Hop off at any stops that interest you or stay aboard for a comprehensive overview of the city complemented by the onboard commentary. See the Itinerary for a list of stops.

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Journey across the Mersey
, Aug 2019
Had a fab trip to Liverpool with one of the highlights being the hop on bus learnt so much and sparked lots of interest and places to visit on our next trips. Will definitely be back to visit these fabulous places.
Breezing around Liverpool is the best!
, Aug 2019
This is a great way to get the flavour and tempo and pulse of Liverpool. The river cruise opens it up, The gbus uides and drivers are excellently well-informed and entertaining.
Great way to see the city highlights.
, Jul 2019
Fab day hoping on off the buses and a wee trip down the Mersy. Guides were great and drivers very cheery.
Tour of Liverpool
, Jul 2019
A last minute cancellation by a scheduled tour guide left us with few options for our visit to Liverpool. A highlight of the Mersey Ferry tour was a tour of a German U-boat recovered after World War II. Otherwise we did not see much of Liverpool.
Liverpool river cruise and bus tour
, Jun 2019
Enjoyed every minute of it even the rain. The song Ferry across the Mersey made it even more special Phil and Dave were a good double act on the bus Dave certainly had the patter but met his match with two Brummie girls me thinks !!!! would certainly recommend it Thank you
A patchy experience
, Jun 2019
We had real difficulty hearing the cruise commentary because everyone around us was talking, but apart from that it was fairly efficient. The awful weather and poor visibility didn't help the experience. The HOP on HOP off bus was a waste of time though. First it was 20 minutes late and a large crowd of us stood waiting in the driving rain. Then we were stuck downstairs and could hear very little of the commentary or see much outside the steamed up windows. There were few seats under cover upstairs and they were immediately occupied. Dont book in advance unless you are certain the weather will be good so you can sit upstairs.
, Jun 2019
Our tour guide, Oliver, was the best!!! Learned a lot about Liverpool while being entertained by Oliver. Great way to learn about the city - if you aren't only there for the Beatles. Convenient to the cruise ship port. Highly recommend.
Trip m
, Apr 2019
Had a great day would recommend this to anyone first class we did the river boat first then the bus trip.
Great way to see Liverpool
, Mar 2019
The combined river cruise and bus allows you to see the best sites of Liverpool. Having been a major port, you need to go on the estuary to appreciate the multiple docks, the ferry and the shipyard. You can then use bus for 24 hours to take you around the main city sites with a very colourful commentary. The option to get off and re-board later is useful to spend some time at any site you wish as well as to spread the 24 hours over 2 consecutive days..
Very Worthwhile and Fun Tour
Jack C
, Oct 2018
I did two days of this open top touring with 4 different live guides. All were excellent in different ways and while they provided the same basic information, each one had some twists or additional stories to keep us entertained. Highly recommended.

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