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Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

1. Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

From the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. On this 50-minute cruise, you’ll sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage. There is simply no better way to enjoy Liverpool’s iconic waterfront than from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Learn about the history of the Mersey Ferries and the Beatles, who performed 4 times on board the Royal Iris. The performances spanned 3 distinct periods in the development of the renowned group. The first ferry performance was on a cruise in August 1961, when the Beatles were still wearing leather. In August of the following year, they performed again, changing their image to a more clean-cut look, sporting suits, and ties. Their final ferry show was on 28 September 1962, featuring Ringo on drums. By this time they had recorded their first single, Love Me Do, at Abbey Road Studios. A week after the show, Love Me Do was released. While enjoying the surroundings you can listen to the commentary in English pointing out the sights along the river. Information sheets in other languages are provided. The tour departs on the hour from Liverpool Pier Head.

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: 3-Hour Bay Cruise

3. Liverpool: 3-Hour Bay Cruise

During this three-hour cruise, you’ll enjoy incredible scenery and learn more about the fascinating history and geography of the River Mersey and Liverpool Bay with expert commentary from your guide.  With incredible panoramic views of the river, sail past Liverpool's UNESCO-listed waterfront, Royal Seaforth Docks, Fort Perch Rock at New Brighton, and along the Crosby Channel towards Blundellsands and Formby. This special sightseeing cruise will also give you the chance to experience Anthony Gormley’s spectacular Another Place art installation at Crosby Beach from the river. Enjoy incredible views of the 100 cast-iron life-sized figures spread across foreshore, stretching out into the sea. As you sail back into Liverpool from the mouth of the river and the Irish Sea, follow the journey of many cruise liners and ships, past and present. There will be live music from talented local artists, and a fully-licensed bar will be open throughout the cruise where you can buy snacks and drinks.

Liverpool: 2 City Walking Tours

4. Liverpool: 2 City Walking Tours

Go on a stroll through Liverpool and become an honourary scouser with your newfound knowledge of the city that has made a lasting influence on world trade, sport, and music. Join 2 guided walking tours, and explore other routes via a city guide app to discover the best of the city. For the best introduction to the city, start at the place that puts it on the map: the waterfront. The Waterfront tour takes you on a rags to riches journey along the docks. Learn about the port's humble beginnings to its greatest treasures, including The Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool Town Hall, and the elegant Castle Street. Hear of the city's dark dealings in slavery from the 17th to 19th centuries. See 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. Afterwards, head into the city center and discover more must-see Liverpool highlights hidden from view at the waterfront. Take a walk down William Brown Street, the heart of Liverpool's Cultural Quarter, and stop by Liverpool Library, the Picton Reading Rooms, and the World Museum. From the high street stores to the boutiques and craft stores in The Bluecoat, this tour leaves you with the best local tips for spending in the city. The Waterfront and City Centre are just two of six tours you can take throughout the city. The Anfield self-guided route takes you on a sojourn into the city's strong sports culture and history, starting at the awe-inspiring Anfield Stadium. Meanwhile, the Penny Lane and Strawberry Field self-guided tours follow in The Beatles' footsteps on their journey to success and everything that came after. Embark on the Cathedral Quarter tour that offers a mix of culture and entertainment, cathedrals and bars to finish off your stay in the fine city of Liverpool. So, after exploring many of the city's landmarks with your guide, use the free app included in your ticket to discover more of Liverpool and its incredible culture.

Liverpool Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

5. 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: Lake District Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

6. From Liverpool: Lake District Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

Travel along the backbone of the UK as you head North to the area known as the Lake District in Cumbria. Your partially narrated journey will inform you of what to expect throughout the day and give you an insight into events throughout History as well as information on the places you will be visiting. As you arrive in Bowness on Windermere, you will have the opportunity to travel across this famous lake by Steamer style boat or similar lake cruiser. Fully narrated and lasting about 45-minutes, the views from the centre of the Lake are not to be missed. Boat trip over, you will now have the chance to explore the old mill town of Ambleside. Here, you can sample the delights of the Lake District in one of the many Bistros, Cafes, Hotels or Pubs. See the old Mill house standing on its own bridge across StockGhyll as you roam around this fascinating little town. You will then head outdoors, gaining elevation as we go where you will see the true National Park in its unspoilt glory. Blea Tarn will astound you with its natural beauty and you can burn a few calories as you take a gentle hike along a historic trail across the valley. Grasmere will tempt you to sample the world famous Gingerbread with the aroma wafting out of the little shop. Step back in time to the late 1900's as you enter the shop to fill your bags with lashings of Gingerbread. Who knows, some of it may make it home to share with your friends and relatives! For the lovers of Wordsworth's Poems, Grasmere is a must visit. Here you will find the last resting place of the great poet laid peacefully in his favourite place on earth. Your tour will end with the journey back to Liverpool and onto your ship.

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What people are saying about Liverpool

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 276 reviews

It was a great trip with a lot of information told on the way about the buildings you can see as you passed them. It was very windy so I would recommend taking something to keep you warm!

We hopped on & off several buses with different drivers and tour guides. Every single one were fabulous. Informative, friendly and funny

Enjoyed the cruise, the only thing I would change would be the volume of the narrative. It was far too loud, unpleasantly so.

Excellent tour, very informative, funny and interesting. Definitely recommend

Worth a visit. Amazing to see all of the beautiful buildings