River Mersey

River Mersey: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

Appreciate Merseyside and Liverpool’s iconic waterfront from the vantage point of the River Mersey on a sightseeing cruise. Then, soak in the city's sights from a hop-on and hop-off open-top bus with live commentary. Start the adventure from the Pier Head, where the 50-minute river cruise departs hourly. Enjoy commentary that highlights the city’s waterfront heritage as you take a ferry across the Mersey. Then, head back to dry land for an open-top city bus tour of the city. See the best of Liverpool from your bus and hear commentary on Liverpool's history. 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 City Explorer 24 hour hop-on hop-off Bus Tour

3. Liverpool City Explorer 24 hour hop-on hop-off Bus Tour

Liverpool is a city of great tradition, fabulous humor and stunning architecture. This hop-on hop-off bus service is serious about culture, comedy and style. On board see the city with an informative guide to help you explore the best bits of Liverpool. Hear about the history, drama, talent and funny stuff that’s made Liverpool what it is today. Hop on and off at 14 stops including, the Mersey Ferries, cathedrals, Chinese Arch and Museum and galleries. The full loop takes approximately 50 minutes and runs all year round. 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 • Echo Arena & ACC  

Liverpool: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

4. Liverpool: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Be prepared to never look at Liverpool, or yourself, in the same way again with this unique disco-themed guided walking tour. Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the sound-soaked streets of Liverpool. This musically instructed adventure aims to have your funky moves on display and your pop star voice serenading the people of the city. Experience a unique roaming riot of revelry around the music capital of the United Kingdom. Expect all your inhibitions to evaporate away as you don your hi-tech headset and bust some swinging grooves whilst your tour guide shows you around.

Liverpool: 1-Day Liverpool Pass for Top Attractions

5. Liverpool: 1-Day Liverpool Pass for Top Attractions

Admire Liverpool from the land and see with a 1-day or 2-day Liverpool Pass that gives you access to the River Explorer Cruise and the City Explorer Liverpool hop-on hop-off bus. Enjoy entry to British Music Experience, Strawberry Fields, The Beatles Story, and the Liverpool FC Museum. Discover the waterfront Liverpool and travel along the river Mersey with a River Explorer Cruise. Hear commentary that tells tales of smuggling, music, and war as you glide down the river.  Step into music history with access to the British Music Experience. See Freddie Mercury’s stage outfits, handwritten Adele lyrics, the Sex Pistols’ guitars, and a dance studio.  Cut through the crowds and spy some of Liverpool’s best bits from the elevated view of an open-top City Explorer Liverpool bus. Hop on and off at any of the 14 stops in locations like the Cavern Quarter, the historic Albert Docks, and the Liverpool Cathedral.  See where John Lennon would play in the gardens as a child with access to Strawberry Fields. Feast your eyes on rare album sleeves, handwritten lyrics, Lennons’ spectacles, and Ringo Starr’s drumkit at 'The Beatles Story.' See replicas of iconic Beatles locations like Abbey Road Studios and Casbah. Explore Liverpool Football Club's silverware and memorabilia at the Liverpool Football Club Museum. Visit the brand new Boom Room Exhibition, which tells the epic story of Jurgen Klopp's dream team. 

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What people are saying about River Mersey

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4.5 / 5

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Fab cruise in the Mersey. A little difficult to hear the commentary but otherwise a good experience.

A lovely trip over the iconic Mersey. Wish we had landed on the other side and had a look around.

Great experience! Brilliant to have real live guides on the bus tour - informative and funny!

Great trip, commentary informative, boat and staff excellent. Thank you

Was a fantastic experience on such a beautiful day