Merseyside Maritime Museum Tours
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Discover Liverpool’s status as a British port city at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Its three exhibition floors reveal the city’s nautical history, from its role in both World Wars to its darker past as a slaving port, as well as waterfront views of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Royal Albert Dock and its industrial architecture.
Ideal for history buffs, the museum’s artifacts—including objects from the Titanic, naval uniforms, and over 70 full-size vessels—provide insight into Britain’s imperial, commercial, and social history, with the International Slavery Museum and Border Force National Museum also on-site. Visitors based in London can take advantage of tours that offer single-day or multi-day excursions, which generally follow a comprehensive city sightseeing itinerary including the museum; some longer tours also visit Manchester.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Merseyside Maritime Museum is a must-do for history buffs, especially those interested in naval history, 19th- and 20th-century Britain, or transatlantic trade.
- The family-friendly space offers baby-changing facilities, a breastfeeding-friendly environment, and a play area for under-8s on the first floor.
- The museum is mostly wheelchair-accessible and autism-friendly. There is a Changing Places adapted toilet on the first floor.
- Admission to the museum is free, though a small donation is encouraged.
How to Get There
The Merseyside Maritime Museum is situated on the Royal Albert Dock in central Liverpool. James Street Station is a 5-minute walk away, with direct service from Lime Street Station. Liverpool ONE Bus Station is across the road from the dock. Charged parking spaces are available in the Liverpool ONE complex.
When to Get There
The museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily except on Christmas and New Year’s bank holidays. It is a popular destination for school groups, so morning visits help beat the crowds. Quayside seasonal events, including summer festivals, can make the area very busy.
Dine Like a Queen (or King)
For sweeping views of the Mersey and beyond, as well as a portion of British fare, try the Maritime Dining Room, located on the building’s fourth floor. The restaurant offers afternoon tea and Sunday roasts, and the head chef has cooked for the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, who visited while on her Jubilee tour.
Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4AQ, England
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Merseyside Maritime Museum
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.
Using a local tour guide on a safe guided walking tour in the fresh Ari will let you explore the pedestrianised area in the docks and the heart of the city. You will learn and see far more than if you attempted to visit on your own and your local Liverpool Tour Guide will help you to plan the rest of your visit
Private Sightseeing Tours
Discover one of the most stunning waterfronts in the world - Liverpool has a plethora of fantastic buildings and sights along the river Mersey. Explore the regenerated & stunning Royal Albert Dock with its internationally acclaimed museums and galleries. Experience the historic docklands brought to life by your knowledgeable and experienced guide. Gain a full understanding of how Liverpool became one of the largest ports in the world and how, after years of industrial decline, the city and waterfront has reinvented itself to become a culturally vibrant destination fit for the future. Your tour will include visits to two of the best museums in the region and your guide will introduce you to their highlights and share some exciting stories to enrich your experience along the riverside. Round everything off with a photo opportunity at the iconic Beatles Statue!
Private Sightseeing Tours
This 2-4 hour private tour is the perfect introduction to Liverpool and a great way to orientate and immerse yourself in the city. You can fully customise the tour - add city centre attractions (although no entrance fees are included in the tour cost)
Private Sightseeing Tours
The safety & health of our guests are always of paramount importance to us. Following the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic of 2020, we are ensuring more policies are in place & adhered to during all our tours. Discover one of the most stunning waterfronts in the world - Liverpool has a plethora of fantastic buildings and sights along the river Mersey. Explore the regenerated & stunning Royal Albert Dock with its internationally acclaimed museums and galleries. Experience the historic docklands brought to life by your knowledgeable guide. Gain a full understanding of how Liverpool became one of the world's largest ports & how, after years of industrial decline, the city & waterfront have become a culturally vibrant destination fit for the future. Your tour will include visits to two of the best regional museums & your guide will introduce the highlights & share some exciting stories to enrich your experience. Round off with a photo opportunity at the iconic Beatles Statue!
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Merseyside Maritime Museum?
The best ways to experience Merseyside Maritime Museum are:
- Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise
- 2-Hour Guided Walk Beatles & World Heritage
- Private Walking Tour: Liverpool Waterfront & Royal Albert Dock
- Private Walking Tour: Build Your Own Bespoke Liverpool Tour
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