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Liverpool: River Cruise & Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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
Mathew 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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, May 2022
I would recommend the bus tour it was really enjoyable and informative. We had Chris and Wayne as the driver
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
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.
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.
, Jun 2019
Our tour guide, Oliver, was the best!!! Learned a lot about Liverpool while being entertained by Oliver. Great way to learn about the city - if you aren't only there for the Beatles. Convenient to the cruise ship port. Highly recommend.
Trip m
, Apr 2019
Had a great day would recommend this to anyone first class we did the river boat first then the bus trip.
Great way to see Liverpool
, Mar 2019
The combined river cruise and bus allows you to see the best sites of Liverpool. Having been a major port, you need to go on the estuary to appreciate the multiple docks, the ferry and the shipyard. You can then use bus for 24 hours to take you around the main city sites with a very colourful commentary. The option to get off and re-board later is useful to spend some time at any site you wish as well as to spread the 24 hours over 2 consecutive days..
Very Worthwhile and Fun Tour
Jack C
, Oct 2018
I did two days of this open top touring with 4 different live guides. All were excellent in different ways and while they provided the same basic information, each one had some twists or additional stories to keep us entertained. Highly recommended.

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