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

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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 St. George's Hall and Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool, listening to the live commentary and hopping off at stops of interest.

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  • Liverpool River Explorer cruise and City Explorer hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • View all Liverpool’s iconic waterfront and city sights in one day
  • Cruise by the UNESCO World Heritage-site waterside, including the Albert Dock and Liver Building
  • Hear about Liverpool’s history from the onboard boat and bus commentary
  • Enjoy included entry to the U-Boat Story, a museum showcasing a real German U-boat
  • See top Liverpool attractions by open-top, double-decker bus, including the Cavern Club
  • Hop on and off as you wish at the designated stops with your 24-hour pass
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Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
River Explorer Cruise :

Make your own way to Pier Head on the River Mersey, arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your chosen departure: the ferry departs regularly during the day.

Step aboard for your cruise, and sail along Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage site waterfront, passing sights such as the Royal Liver Building and historical Albert Dock.

As you admire the sights, explore the boat’s information zones and listen to the illuminating commentary. Hear about Liverpool’s maritime and musical history, from tales of smuggling to stories of how The Beatles performed on the Mersey ferries ‘Riverboat Shuffles’ of the 1960s.

Break your journey at any of the three stops: Seacombe, Woodside and Wirral. Your cruise ticket includes entry to the U-boat Story at Woodside. Head inside this interactive exhibition to learn about life aboard a real German U-boat during World War II.

City Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour:

At Pier Head, board the City Explorer open-top, double-decker bus with your 24-hour pass. Buses run regularly and travel around sights such as the Walker Art Gallery and bombed-out St Luke’s Church, damaged in 1941. Hop off at any stops that interest you or stay aboard for a comprehensive overview of the city complemented by the onboard commentary. See the Itinerary for a list of stops.
2 hours 
Operating Schedule:
  Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to sailing to redeem your ticket as the ferry departs on the hour between 10am-4pm. On board this 50-minute river cruise, visitors will discover the well-loved legacy of Liverpool and the river Mersey, with its musical and maritime history. From 'The Beatles' performing on the 'Riverboat Shuffle' cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, this ferry carries a cargo of memories. Just sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary, wonder at the wildlife and absorb the heritage. Departing hourly the 50-minute river experience sails from Liverpool, Pier Head, calling at Seacombe and Woodside, Wirral and then returning to Liverpool Pier Head. The cruise features fantastic commentary, a choice of cruise fact sheets in French, German, Spanish, Italian & Japanese and a route highlighting the Liverpool waterfront a UNESCO world heritage site. Your ticket also includes free entry to the U-boat Story that allows you to view the amazing life on board a real World War II German U-boat at Woodside ferry terminal. Discover the on-board zones and interpretation panels, listen to fascinating commentary and take a picture of the world famous skyline. When you arrive back at Liverpool Pier Head, the City Explorer open top bus tour will be there at Pier Head to continue your journey. The City Explorer brings the best of Liverpool to you. Visit iconic places of interest and learn about the city’s culture and history with a live guide on every bus. The bus will be calling at: Albert Dock ,Liverpool Pier Head – Unesco world heritage waterfront ,Mathew Street – Home of the famous Cavern Club ,Walker Art Gallery & St Georges Hall, Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St Luke's bombed out church,China Town – Chinese arch, Cains Brewery, Liverpool Marina & Echo Arena & Conference Halls. Your City Explorer bus tour can be used on the same day as your cruise and the following day giving you maximum sightseeing opportunity.
Pier Head
Ferries depart every hour on the hour between 10am - 4pm
Mathew Street
Home of the famous Cavern Club
Walker Art Gallery
Home of Museums and Galleries of Liverpool
Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral
The Chinatown Gate
Chinese arch
Cains Brewery Village
Baltic Market, independent bars, coffee shops and stalls
M&S Bank Arena
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Points of interest passed by on this route
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
St. George's Hall
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool
Walker Art Gallery
Pier Head
Bombed Out Church
Mersey Ferries
Mathew Street
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A coffee shop & restrooms can be found onboard the ferry
  • The ferry is accessible on the main deck for wheelchairs
  • Your tickets will be held at Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal for collection on the day of the cruise
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Mersey Ferries

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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  • "This is a great way to get the flavour and tempo and pulse of Liverpool." See review


296 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Brilliant way to see liverpool a great day
, Mar 2020
Excellent way to see liverpool the tour guide on the tour bus were knowledgeable friendly and funny. The ferry was well worth it to so informative
River cruise and bus tour.
, Feb 2020
The cruise and bus tour were both top class. Learnt a lot about the history of the city and had a lot of fun doing it. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Brilliant value for money. Highly, highly recommended.
You should try this.
, Jan 2020
Excellent commentary, very helpful crew. Would especially recommend the stop to see the U boat. Good value for money
A nice tour
, Oct 2019
The tour was fantastic, but unfortunately I wanted to visit the Anfield during the tour. Overall, I would like to come back again.
Journey across the Mersey
, Aug 2019
Had a fab trip to Liverpool with one of the highlights being the hop on bus learnt so much and sparked lots of interest and places to visit on our next trips. Will definitely be back to visit these fabulous places.
Breezing around Liverpool is the best!
, Aug 2019
This is a great way to get the flavour and tempo and pulse of Liverpool. The river cruise opens it up, The gbus uides and drivers are excellently well-informed and entertaining.
Great way to see the city highlights.
, Jul 2019
Fab day hoping on off the buses and a wee trip down the Mersy. Guides were great and drivers very cheery.
Tour of Liverpool
, Jul 2019
A last minute cancellation by a scheduled tour guide left us with few options for our visit to Liverpool. A highlight of the Mersey Ferry tour was a tour of a German U-boat recovered after World War II. Otherwise we did not see much of Liverpool.
Liverpool river cruise and bus tour
, Jun 2019
Enjoyed every minute of it even the rain. The song Ferry across the Mersey made it even more special Phil and Dave were a good double act on the bus Dave certainly had the patter but met his match with two Brummie girls me thinks !!!! would certainly recommend it Thank you
A patchy experience
, Jun 2019
We had real difficulty hearing the cruise commentary because everyone around us was talking, but apart from that it was fairly efficient. The awful weather and poor visibility didn't help the experience. The HOP on HOP off bus was a waste of time though. First it was 20 minutes late and a large crowd of us stood waiting in the driving rain. Then we were stuck downstairs and could hear very little of the commentary or see much outside the steamed up windows. There were few seats under cover upstairs and they were immediately occupied. Dont book in advance unless you are certain the weather will be good so you can sit upstairs.

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