Albert Dock Tours

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Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock, formerly an important industrial center, is now home to popular attractions including Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, and The Beatles Story. Explore its cobbled paths to gain insight into the city’s heritage, marvel at its architecture, or simply unwind in one of the dock’s many bars or restaurants.

The Basics
Albert Dock received its Royal title in 2018 in recognition of its maritime history. The former warehouses are now home to attractions such as The Beatles Story, where many Beatles tours visit as part of a comprehensive itinerary. City sightseeing tours also typically stop here, including hop-on hop-off services and bike tours. Learn more about the quay’s history at the Merseyside Maritime or International Slavery Museums, or discover the stand-up scene at Liverpool’s Comedy Central.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring a coat and an umbrella in winter, as the waterfront can be cold and wet.
  • As one of the UK’s most visited multi-use attractions outside of London, the Royal Albert Dock is a must-see for any visitor.
  • Royal Albert Dock is wheelchair accessible, and guide dogs are welcome in all venues. The Colonnades and all museums have accessible toilets.
  • The nearest cash machines on Gower Street charge for withdrawal, so it’s worth getting your cash beforehand.

How to Get There
Royal Albert Dock is 20 minutes’ walk from central Liverpool. The nearest station is James Street, served directly from Lime Street. The C4, C5, and Citlink buses also stop here. The dock also has a safe and secure car park, which charges an hourly fee.

When to Get There
Come rain or shine, there is always something to see on the quay. The museums close in the evening, though bars and restaurants remain open until late. Summer brings festivals and open air performances to the dock, while winter offers Christmas markets and festive decoration.

Significance of the Dock
At its opening in 1846, the Albert Dock was considered a revolutionary architectural feat. It was the first warehouse in Britain to be fireproof (meaning that it had no wooden parts). Made from brick, stone, and cast iron, the structure was also home to some of the first hydraulic cranes, used to move heavy cargo from the Far East. In its heyday of the early 19th century, 40% of world goods flowed through its ports.
Location
Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD, England
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The Beatles Story Experience

No tour of Liverpool is complete without taking in some Beatles history. The hometown of this legendary band, Liverpool houses the award-winning Beatles Story exhibition. Visit the rock-themed attraction – spread over two sites – to learn about the band and its lasting impact on the history of music. Full of fun memorabilia, rare photographs and interactive exhibits, the Beatles Story is full for all ages! Ticket includes shuttle service between sites. 
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Liverpool Do The Double: River Cruise and Open Top City Sightseeing Bus Tour Combination Ticket

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 the Cavern Club and Liverpool Cathedral, listening to the live commentary and hopping off at stops of interest.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Liverpool Combination Ticket: River Cruise, Open-Top Bus City Tour and Cathedral Tower Tour

See Liverpool from every angle — from water, land and above — on this Liverpool Experience combination. 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. On route, disembark at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and enjoy free entry to the cathedral tower for stunning views over the city.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Independent Beatles Day Trip to Liverpool from London by Train

Hop on a train to the north of England and discover the hometown of the Beatles on this full-day independent day trip to Liverpool. Swot up on Fab Four facts and experience modern-day Beatlemania at the award-winning Beatles Story, then ride the 2-hour Magical Mystery Bus Tour and visit sights like ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Field’. Use your free time to check out Liverpool’s UNESCO-listed Waterfront, and visit the museums and restaurants of Albert Dock, then finish with a drink at the legendary Cavern Club music venue.
  • Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes
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Liverpool City Center Small-Group Bike Tour

Get to know Liverpool and see more sights in less time than you could on foot with this small-group bike tour. With a guide, pedal through the streets and enjoy photo stops at highlights such as the two Cathedrals, Albert Dock, and the Cavern Club, all while learning about Liverpool’s history. Ideal for day-trippers and weekend visitors who want to cover the sights in the shortest time possible, the tour includes a bike and helmet.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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