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Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Maximize your time in Liverpool with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise along the Mersey River. Aboard a colorful ‘dazzle ferry,’ pass main city attractions and disembark at any of the port stops to check out the sites up close. Admission to the U-Boat Story for a look at an authentic WWII German submarine is included.
  • Standard hop-on hop-off Mersey River explorer cruise
  • Ticket to the U-Boat Story submarine included
  • Audio commentary on board the River Mersey cruise
  • Visit the three main Liverpool ports—Pier Head, Seacombe, and Birkenhead Woodside
  • Save money by upgrading your ticket to include visits to the Spaceport
  • Purchase an all-inclusive ticket, to see the best of Liverpool in one day
Roundtrip ferry
Free Entry to U-boat Story
Historical commentary in English - Various language sheets are available on request.
Hotel pick-up and drop off

Departure Point

Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DP, UK

Departure Time

4/4/2020 - 9/1/2020
Monday:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Tuesday:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Thursday:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Saturday:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Sunday:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Discover Liverpool’s best activities and sites by boat with a single-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing pass. To start your exciting Mersey River adventure, head to any of the three embarkation points: Pier Head Port, Seacombe Port, or Woodside Port. Enjoy the family-friendly attractions and the flexibility of determining your own itinerary and pace. 

Listen to colorful audio commentary about Liverpool’s riverside history, speckled with stories of smuggling, war, and music—all influential players in the city's development. Catch impressive views of Liverpool’s key riverside landmarks and hop off wherever you’d like to explore—another boat will be by to pick you up shortly. 

Enrich the day by combining your river tour with an access pass to Liverpool’s out-of-this-world Spaceport attraction, located near Seacombe Port. Kids and adults alike will love the interactive space exhibits, the planetarium, and the cosmic coaster space ride. History buffs may also enjoy the U-Boat Story for a fascinating tour inside a real WWII German submarine, with included admission.

To end your tour, simple disembark at any of the stops.
Stop At:  
Mersey Ferries
See Liverpool’s iconic sights in this fun cruise along the River Nersey. Get on-board the Mersey Ferries River Explorer Cruise and enjoy an awe-inspiring view of Liverpool’s city and natural landscapes. The legendary band The Beatles performed several times onboard Mersey Ferries during the 1960’s. Marvel at the colourful “Dazzle Ferry- Snowdrop,” a ferry painted by Sir Peter Blake, the artist behind The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Peppers album cover. During the cruise, hop off at Woodside and visit one of the four remaining real German u-boats, U-534, at the U-Boat Story Museum. Learn more about its history with the museum’s interactive and audio-visual exhibits.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
U-boat Story
This attraction tells the story of the World War II German submarine U-534. With original film archive and interactive displays. View inside sections of the U-534 and get a chance to see a rare Enigma machine and stunning views of Liverpool from the Conning tower. There is a food village if you fancy a bite to eat and great views from the roof terrace.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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The Beatles Story
View from the river
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Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool
View from the river
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Liverpool Cathedral
View from the river
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Royal Liver Building 360
View from the river
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Museum of Liverpool
View from the river
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Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool
View from the river
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Tate Liverpool
View from the river
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Merseyside Maritime Museum
View from the River
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Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
View from the River
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Coffee shop & restrooms can be found on-board the ferry
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 360 travelers

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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What is the maximum group size during Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 360 travelers.

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  • "The cruise was popular as there were a lot of people, but the boat was not too crowded." See review


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Interesting commentary
, Feb 2020
Per booked our tickets in the car and collected them on arrival very quick and efficient and the ferry tour was very interesting
, Feb 2020
A once in a life time experience. Great fun. Informative. Historically sound. The ferry cross the Mersey song played while we were sailing goose bumps stuff.
The crossing
, Feb 2020
Very informative tour. Loved the U boat stories and being able to see the actual u boat. Cruise with information about the history of liverpool was another highlight.
Combined with Beatles Liverpool Day Rail Tour from London
, Aug 2019
Despite the raw weather last week, we thoroughly enjoyed our Mersey River Cruise and it worked out perfectly, as we combined it with our Beatles Magical Mystery Bus Tour, also from Albert Dock, so the timing was advantageous as well. It's very reasonably priced and well worth it...I would strongly recommend that you parlay the two tours.
Do not book with Viator
Wendy F
, Aug 2019
I booked on line and received confirmation of two tickets. On arrival the bar code was for one. At the terminal I tried and failed to contact Viator. Missed the boat literally.
Highly Recommended
, Aug 2019
We took the river cruise on two very different days but loved it. It was a bit choppy but nothing too bad. If you sit at the back you get a bit of diesel fumes from the funnel but that's easily rectified.....don't sit at the back.
60th birthday celebrations
, Aug 2019
Was quite disappointed with this trip, although it gave you some commentary on the local history it wasnt as exciting as I thought it would be.
"No Time to Swallow the Whale!"
, Aug 2019
It was very nice, I loved the breeze and the flying Britain Flag in front of the Ferry. The information was just a little too basic for a tour. Buildings, Museums, the touch of humor was, ok, but a bit dry in comparison to the Ferry Boat Tour in London. We were farther from the shoreline, the view would have been more interesting closer up. It wasn't clear to me if when Visitors got off at one or the other of the 2 Ports, if people were allowed to tour these sights at leisure, or if they had to get back on the ferry boat within the 90 minute journey. There wasn't any Assistant to the Tour Guide on deck, that i could see, so questions weren't answerable.
Ferry across the Mersey
, Jul 2019
It was a lovely trip, the space port was interesting as was the uboat. A enjoyable few hours. Would recommend it.
Ferry cross The Mersey
, Jul 2019
Fab boat trip, good commentary, friendly staff getting everyone aboard. Lots of local information as we set sail.

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