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Liverpool: River Cruise with Open-Top Bus City Tour and Cathedral Tower Tour

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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See Liverpool from every angle—water, land, and above—on this combination Liverpool Experience. Join a River Explorer cruise to admire Liverpool’s UNESCO-protected waterfront and gain included entry to the U-Boat Story museum along the way. Plus, enjoy a 24-hour pass for a City Explorer hop-on hop-off tour. Board the open-top, double-decker bus and view landmarks including the Albert Dock and Cavern Club, where The Beatles found fame. En route, disembark at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and enjoy free entry to the cathedral tower for stunning views over the city.

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  • View Liverpool’s city sights from land, water, and above from the Cathedral Tower
  • Cruise by the UNESCO-listed waterfront and enjoy free entry to the U-Boat Story museum
  • Hear about Liverpool’s history via the onboard boat and bus commentary
  • Create your own itinerary and hop on and off at the stops you wish with a 24-hour pass
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Live commentary on board
Hop-on hop-off tour
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks (available to purchase

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
River Explorer Cruise: Arrive at Pier Head on the Mersey River before your chosen ferry departure.

Step aboard and cruise along Liverpool’s UNESCO-listed waterfront, passing sights such as the Royal Liver Building. Explore the information zones and learn about Liverpool’s maritime and musical history via the onboard commentary, including how The Beatles performed on the Mersey ferries’ ‘Riverboat Shuffles’ of the 1960s.

Opt to break your journey at the Seacombe, Woodside, and Wirral stops, and at Woodside, enjoy included admission to the U-boat Story museum, based on a World War II German U-boat.

City Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Tower Experience: At Pier Head, board the City Explorer bus with your 24-hour pass. Buses run regularly and travel around sights including the Cavern Club and Albert Dock. Hop off at stops of interest or stay aboard for a great overview of the city complemented by the live onboard commentary.

Be sure to disembark at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral for your included visit to The Tower Experience. Take the elevators and stairs up the 500-foot (154-meter) Tower, and behold the spectacular city views—on a clear day, look for the Blackpool Tower.
5 hours 
Operating Schedule:
  Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to sailing to redeem your ticket as the ferry departs on the hour between 10am – 4pm. On board Mersey Ferries 50-minute river cruise, visitors will discover the well-loved legacy of Liverpool and the River Mersey, with its musical and maritime history. From 'The Beatles' performing on the 'Riverboat Shuffle' cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, this ferry carries a cargo of memories. Just sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary, wonder at the wildlife and absorb the heritage. Departing hourly the 50-minute river experience sails from Liverpool, Pier Head, calling at Seacombe and Woodside, Wirral and then returning to Liverpool Pier Head. The cruise features fantastic commentary, a choice of cruise fact sheets in French, German, Spanish, Italian & Japanese and a route highlighting the Liverpool waterfront a UNESCO world heritage site. Your ticket also includes free entry to the U-boat Story that allows you to view the amazing life on board a real World War II German U-boat at Woodside ferry terminal. During the cruise discover the on-board zones and interpretation panels, listen to fascinating commentary and take a picture of the world famous skyline. When you arrive back at Liverpool Pier Head, the City Explorer open top bus tour will be there at Pier Head to continue your journey. The City Explorer brings the best of Liverpool to you. Visit iconic places of interest and learn about the city’s culture and history with a live guide on every bus. The bus will be calling at: • Albert Dock • Liverpool Pier Head – Unesco world heritage waterfront • Mathew Street – Home of the famous Cavern Club • Walker Art Gallery & St Georges Hall, Metropolitan Cathedral Then hop off at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. The Cathedral Tower is accessible by two consecutive lifts followed by 108 stairs; the panoramic views of the city are amazing! Once you've had a good look around the Cathedral hop back onto the open top bus tour again, now calling at: • St Luke's bombed out church • China Town – Chinese arch • Cains Brewery • Liverpool Marina & Echo Arena & Conference Halls There really is no better way to discover the city than with the Liverpool Experience
Pier Head
Ferry departs from here
Seacombe Promenade
Ferry calls at Seacombe
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Ferry calls at Woodside and returns to Liverpool
Mathew Street
Brownlow Hill
Metropolitan Cathedral
Hope Street
Liverpool Cathedral
Great George Street
Kings Parade
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Points of interest passed by on this route
St. George's Hall
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool
Walker Art Gallery
Pier Head
Bombed Out Church
Liverpool Cathedral
Mersey Ferries
Mathew Street
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A coffee shop & restrooms can be found onboard the ferry
  • The ferry is accessible on the main deck for wheelchairs
  • The tower tour is not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved going up the 108 stairs up the tower
  • The tower tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • There are no external views of the city available at the intermediary levels
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Mersey Ferries

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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  • "Visiting all the City sights via Open top bus was perfect." See review


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, Jul 2019
I bought ticket for Liverpool 3in one ticket and was advised a few days later that the day I booked Liverpool may be in shut down after 1pm if they won Championship League. They did. Our cruise ship docked at 12mid day. Went to Mersey Ferries and showed ticket office. said they could not do anything about multi ticket and advised to purchase a new ferry ticket which we enjoyed. Did not have internet or phone coverage during our overseas trip to contact re cancellation but as there was noway we were going to be able to complete or puchase a refund should be available. we have only just returned to Australia. Your reply would be appreciated.
, Oct 2018
Our tour guide viv and the driver vinny were great, worth every penny. Funny scouse humour, they made our trip, they were also extremely iinformative, would definitely recommend this trip xxxx
Beatles in Liverpool
, Jul 2018
Liverpool is actually a very clean and interesting City. Visiting all the City sights via Open top bus was perfect. So much to see and do but it was easy to get off and on. The Cathedral tower was a strenuous climb to the top but the bells were interesting and views were great. We loved taking the Beatles Story Museum great history of the Fab 4! The River Cruise was a disappointment after standing in a long line for almost an hour. The engines were so loud you could not hear any narration and it was just a brief trip up and across the river. I visited the U-Boat Museum but it was so-so. I would skip this part of the excursion. We missed seeing Paul McCartney by a day and all the statues of the Beatles were interesting. I would have liked to have gone to the art museum but didn't have enough time.
Great tour! The busses ran every 10...
, Jun 2018
Great tour! The busses ran every 10 minutes and there were many places to hop on and hop off. The Cathedral Tower Tour was a nice bonus as you would normally have to pay a separate fee to do that part.
We didn't take as much advantage of...
, Mar 2018
We didn't take as much advantage of this as we could have. But we packed too much into our trip. The river cruise gives you a beautiful view of the city and a little history along the way. It takes about 50 minutes. The bus tours goes around and there are lots of places to get on/off - we just rode it all thru to get the highlights. The Cathedral is fantastic, but we didn't take advantage of the full ticket here. This is a great way to get an overview of Liverpool.
Great value, basically ended up with...
, Sep 2017
Great value, basically ended up with 4 attractions as the U Boat Museum was included with the River Cruise, very good value and all parts of the ticket were greatly enjoyed by us all. Good historical commentary on boat, very entertaining guide on bus and the Cathedral Tower tour was amazing with brilliant views across Liverpool. Fully recommend ! :
It was our first visit to Liverpool...
, Aug 2017
It was our first visit to Liverpool, the Bus City Tour was great. The narrated tour was very good and the Cathedral Tower provided a panoramic view of all Liverpool. The architecture and history were very impressive-worth seeing. The U534 tour was disappointing due to the condition of the submarine. Liverpool's seaport is beautiful they have upgraded the port with an amusement park, wonderful shops and restaurants. A long, accessible pedestrian walkway runs along the port. We really enjoyed our tour of Liverpool.
Buses run hourly so takes a long...
Phil C
, Aug 2017
Buses run hourly so takes a long time to get anywhere. Cathedral Tower closes 4.30 and costs 7 which is included but it's free entry to cathedral. Catholic cathedral not included. The bus stop is a long way from the cathedral. Last bus 5pm. Ferry very good and U boat experience. All in all over priced. But a great weekend away staying in the Albert dock.
Our Liverpool excursion was...
Dennis W
, Aug 2017
Our Liverpool excursion was excellent. The ferry across the Mersey, perfect. The bus excursion was delightful, and although I didn't make it to the top of the Cathedral, claustrophobia, my wife and I thought the cathedral was beautiful, and even enjoyed a delightful lunch on the grounds. We did view the embroidery exhibit at the Cathedral. Liverpool, and the Beatles history was just right for us.
Bus tour and cathedral were awesome...
Joe S
, Aug 2017
Bus tour and cathedral were awesome, but the boat was not as interesting and was very busy. They could do with having a second bus.

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