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Liverpool: River Cruise & Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Liverpool: River Cruise & Sightseeing 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 waterfront, seeing the sights as the onboard commentary recounts their history. 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.
  • 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 Liverpool's waterside, including the Albert Dock and Liver Building
  • Hear about Liverpool’s history from the onboard boat and bus commentary
  • 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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Hop-on hop-off open top bus tour
River Cruise
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase
Food and drinks
Transportation to/from attractions

Departure Point

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

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 Woodside, Wirral and then returning to Liverpool Pier Head. The cruise features fantastic recorded commentary and a choice of cruise fact sheets in French, German, Spanish, Italian & Japanese. 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 – 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 & M&S 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
McCartney Street
Home of the famous Cavern Club
Walker Art Gallery
Home of Museums and Galleries of Liverpool
Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral
Chinatown Liverpool
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
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Arrive at least 25 minutes prior to redeem your voucher at Liverpool Pier Head Gerry Marsden terminal.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Your ticket is valid for any cruise on the day of your ticket. The River Cruise departs every hour on the hour from Liverpool.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The hop on hop off bus tour part of the ticket is valid for 48 hours from redemption.
  • OPERATED BY Mersey Ferries
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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

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Good trip, very informative, but talk not very loud so hard to hear
, Aug 2022
Learning and seeing all the wonderful buildings, very informative, and interesting. Would recommend to anyone seeing Liverpool for the first time
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you Jean for your 5 star review it's much appreciated! So glad you enjoyed the day...
A glimpse of Liverpool
, Aug 2022
We had such a fun day at the river cruise and sightseeing with the bus tour. It was a great way to see Liverpool for the first time. The staff was so friendly and kind. We had a great time!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Ana, many thanks for your 5 star review it's much appreciated. So glad you had a fun day exploring Liverpool and what a way to see it from land and sea. Super weather too! Will pass your comments onto our staff.
Hop on hop off bus was...
, Jul 2022
Hop on hop off bus was great. The tour guide was funny and very informative. As for the riverboat, we couldn't hear anything so didn't get the full experience :(
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for leaving us this feedback , we do appreciate it. Sorry the commentary on the cruise was distorted. We have passed your comments to our operations team. We are looking at new technology to help improve this.
July trip
, Jul 2022
All of it especially the speakers on the bus tour. They were very knowledgeable and interesting. The boat trip was good as well and I would definitely recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Irene thank you for your 5 star review it's very much appreciated! So glad you enjoyed your day.
Great overview of...
, Jul 2022
Great overview of everything to see in Liverpool. Then go back to do things you are interested in in depth
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Anne, thank you for your 5 star review it's much appreciated.
Bullet Points of Liverpool
, Jul 2022
Our first time in Liverpool, we were looking for a way of discovering what there is to see - and this was the perfect way to get all the bullet points for the visit. Riding the bus all the way around at first was the best way to find out where we needed to get off on the next runs (and the bus ticket lasts for 2 days) - The Perfect Excursion
Hop on and enjoy!
, Jul 2022
The ferry on the Mersey gives you a great way to see the docks and Liverpool from the water and gives you an idea of the history and changing shoreline. The hop on and off is still the best way to see a city. Highly recomended.
The river cruise was...
, Jul 2022
The river cruise was informative & relaxing. Brilliant. We took the HOHO twice & both times learnt even more about the area. The guides were both informative & original. Well worth the money.
Fantastic day of exploring
, Jul 2022
The guides on the explorer bus were incredibly friendly and knowledgable. Wonderful views on both the bus and cruise and definitely a great way to experience the sights of Liverpool.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so very much for your 5 star review it's really appreciated! So glad you had a wonderful time in Liverpool. Hope welcome you back soon.
, May 2022
I would recommend the bus tour it was really enjoyable and informative. We had Chris and Wayne as the driver
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your 5 star review it's much appreciated/
Fantastic birthday break.
, May 2022
Great trip and the bus tour is a must. Great to get about and see all Liverpool has to offer. Boat trip was good too.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Paul, thank you for your 5 star review so glad you enjoyed your birthday break! come back soon....
Hop On Buses and Ferry
, May 2022
Had some great facts from the guides on the buses, each one has a totally different spin on the buildinds
Beatles Liverpool stay
, Apr 2022
Going on the open top bus round all the sights with a very knowledgeable guide. It was a good day and learned a lot
Highly recommend
, Apr 2022
Fantastic tour and tour guide. Would highly recommend! What made this even better is that the bus ticket is 24 hours from when you collect it.
Great but need the human touch ..... still got to be done!
, Apr 2022
Great but a real life tour guide (like bus) would be so much better to tell the story - and a mention for the Liver Birds TV program too!! Staff & crew so friendly
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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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.

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