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Liverpool: Sightseeing River Cruise on the Mersey River

1. Liverpool: Sightseeing River Cruise on the Mersey River

Step back in time as you hear about the Beatles and Mersey Ferries on this river cruise in Liverpool. Discover Liverpool’s iconic waterfront from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Hop aboard the ferry at Liverpool Pier Head and begin your water adventure. Have the option to purchase some delicious refreshments while you admire the city from the water. Listen to commentary as your guide points out sights Sail past the cast iron, brick and stone buildings at the Royal Albert Dock. Take in views of the architectural ensemble of the 1900-era 3 Graces which includes a stunning Gothic-style skyscraper. Hear about the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. Find out how they are connected to the Mersey Ferries. Sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage.

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

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

The best way to appreciate Merseyside and Liverpool’s iconic waterfront is from the River Mersey. Start the adventure from the Pier Head, where the 50-minute river cruise departs from hourly. Departing hourly, on the hour, the 50-minute river cruise sails from Pier Head. Enjoy commentary that highlights the city’s waterfront heritage.  The open-top city bus tour shows the best of Liverpool to you by land. Visit iconic places of interest and learn about the city’s culture and history with a live guide on every bus. Hop off and back on to visit sites of interest to you. Bus tour stops: • Albert Dock • Pier Head • Liverpool One • The Cavern Quarter • Museums, Gallery & Library • Queen Square Bus Station • Adelphi Hotel • Metropolitan Cathedral • Philharmonic Pub • Liverpool Cathedral • St Luke's - Bombed Out Church • Chinese Arch • Cain's Brewery Village • M&S Arena & ACC

Liverpool: Beatles Explorer Bus Tour Ticket

3. Liverpool: Beatles Explorer Bus Tour Ticket

Embark on an enchanting journey through the streets of Liverpool aboard the City Explorer Bus. Explore the Beatles' hometown, see the world-famous Penny Lane, and discover the filming locations for tv series such as the award-winning Peaky Blinders. Start at the Royal Albert Dock. Visit the Beatles' neighborhoods, childhood homes, and schools to see where they grew up, and how their careers were influenced. Continue the celebration of Liverpool's music heritage stopping for priceless photo opportunities at Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. You'll even recognize TV and film locations including Peaky Blinders. With a guide on board who's an expert in all things Liverpool, you'll explore the history, drama, talent, and humor that’s made Liverpool what it is today.

Liverpool Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

4. Liverpool Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Explore the top sights in Liverpool with an immersive smartphone scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. Discover the city with location-based while admiring the sights in a unique way. See the World Museum and visit the largest cathedral in Britain. After downloading your tour app (download instructions received via email after booking), begin your adventure to 10 of the most important attractions of the city. With maximum flexibility, you can start the activity at any time, stopping and going as you please. Once you start, you'll uncover clues at each attraction to reveal your next destination. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to solve a puzzle at the exterior of each attraction and work toward finishing the game. Along the way, take in the sights at your own pace while learning information and facts about Liverpool. Choose to take a lunch break, stop to fully enjoy the sights, and capture as many pictures as you want. The tour route includes the World Museum, St. George’s Hall, St. Johns Beacon, the Cavern Club, The Three Graces, the Museum of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, Nordic Church and Cultural Centre, Chinatown, Liverpool Cathedral, and more.

From Liverpool: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Adventure

5. From Liverpool: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Adventure

Get a taste of Yorkshire on a full-day minibus tour from Liverpool. Explore the county's history and cuisine, admire feats of Victorian engineering, and see the picturesque Hardraw Force waterfall. After a partially-narrated 2-hour journey, arrive in Haworth to discover the stories of the Bronte Sisters – Anne, Charlotte, and Emily. From there, head to the stunning limestone feature of Malham Cove, formed by melt-water from glaciers over 12,000 years ago. See the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering, and take a stroll to get a closer look at its 1.5 million bricks. A stop at the must-visit Wensleydale Creamery follows. Sample some of its famous cheeses, made originally by Cistercian Monks. Next, visit the pretty village of Hawes, a honeypot of a town boasting shops, cafes, pubs, and locals sipping John Smith's while munching a Yorkshire Pudding. Once you have explored Hawes, head to Hardraw Force, the UK's highest single-drop waterfall, which is over 100 feet tall. Enjoy the splash pool and the breathtaking natural “amphitheater” before beginning your journey back to Liverpool.

Liverpool: Guided City Walking Tour

6. Liverpool: Guided City Walking Tour

Trace the historical roots of Liverpool on a guided tour of the city center. Experience the city with a local guide as you tour its most important spots, including the Cavern Club and the waterfront. Learn about Liverpool's turbulent history as you explore the eclectic streets and admire the diverse architecture. Stop by the waterfront and the Albert Docks and hear about the city's trading history and its connection to the Titanic. Follow the lives of the Beatles from their early days in the Cavern Club. Admire the beloved city buildings that form the Three Graces along the Pier Head as well as lesser-known hidden gems along the way.

Liverpool: The Beatles and Waterfront Guided Walking Tour

7. Liverpool: The Beatles and Waterfront Guided Walking Tour

For the best introduction to the city, start your Liverpool exploration with our Waterfront tour takes you on a rags to riches journey along the docks. We'll show you the port's humble beginnings to its greatest treasures, including The Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool Town Hall, and the elegant Castle Street. You will also glimpse the city's dark dealings in slavery from the 17th to 19th centuries. Of course, it wouldn't be a waterfront tour without introducing you to the buildings that 'grace' the city's skyline from the waterfront itself, aptly named The Three Graces: the secrets of Liverpool's greatest industry success lie between them.

From Liverpool: Chester Sightseeing Half-Day Shore Excursion

8. From Liverpool: Chester Sightseeing Half-Day Shore Excursion

You will be met by a representative of the local partner at Liverpool Cruise Terminal and shown to your vehicle that will transport you under the River Mersey, passing beneath your ship on the 45-minute short hop to Chester. Upon arrival, you will have a fully guided tour of Chester taking in the site of a Roman Amphitheatre, Norman Era Defensive Walls, views of the River Dee which gave Chester its means of trade with the rest of the world hundreds of years ago before passing by buildings dating back to the Tudor and Georgian era with Victorian architecture mixed in for good measure. You will see the famous Rows which is Chester's unique shopping experience before finally reaching the centre of the City - Chester Cross. From here you will have free time to wander the streets of this historic City and sample some of the flavours that makes Cheshire so loved by many, including Cheshire Cheese and local Ales. Finally, with bags laden with souvenirs (and some delicacies picked up at the various food stores) you will be transported back to the Port in Liverpool. If time allows, you may even get to meet the Fab Four before being dropped back at the Cruise Terminal

Liverpool: Beatles Childhood Homes Private Taxi Tour

9. Liverpool: Beatles Childhood Homes Private Taxi Tour

Walk in the footsteps of music legends as you take a guided taxi tour through Liverpool to discover the childhood homes of The Beatles. Step inside the former abodes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney in their formative years, and see the exterior of George Harrison's and Ringo Starr's houses. Be picked up from your hotel in a traditional black taxi cab. Immerse yourself in the world of John, Paul, George, and Ringo whilst visiting their childhood homes with your driver guide. Explore the interiors of both Mendips, John Lennon’s former home, and Forthlin Road, Paul McCartney’s home as a child. You will also stop outside the former dwellings of George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Learn more about the early years of the famous four, and how their humble beginnings shaped their musical careers. Find out where they practiced their music and wrote some of the first songs which propelled them to superstardom.

Liverpool: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

10. Liverpool: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore Liverpool. Receive messages to a phone from Captain Bess, a snarky pirate testing out new recruits to join her ship. Travel Captain Bess's carefully designed route through the city. Follow the treasure maps to get to the right place, then try to decipher the clue. Search high and low for the answer and see hidden sights usually missed by tourists. Ask for a hint to continue the journey through the city if the clues get too tough.  Start at the top of Bold Street and sneak along Georgian terraces and smaller streets, passing hidden gardens, delightful docks, and the stunning waterfront. Learn interesting facts and hear stories along the way about the sights along Bess's route and get a better understanding of the history of Liverpool. Get ready to explore Liverpool in a new way through this fun and interactive treasure hunt.

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What people are saying about Liverpool

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 276 reviews

Paul B and Lee were excellent guide and driver.Paul’s vast and personal knowledge of the Beatles’ lives gave the experience real colour. The chosen songs to accompany his talk were perfectly pitched. They were both amazing in reassuring my friend who had lost her phone and arranged for us to join either of the later tours. Their consideration and friendliness were really appreciated. Clearly both very proud of Liverpool. Thank you.

We got to see places we wouldn’t normally visit and had fun as a family solving the clues.

Great way to see the things in Liverpool you would miss. Take comfy shoes !!

It was a great boat trip that showed you everythibg that was on the river

Fantastic views, great commentary,well worth a trip