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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: Beatles Magical Mystery Bus Tour

2. Liverpool: Beatles Magical Mystery Bus Tour

Start your tour at Albert Dock at the meeting point in Anchor Courtyard, then board the colorful Magical Mystery Tour coach for an unforgettable 2-hour tour. See the Beatles' childhood homes, schools, and colleges, and get up close to places that inspired some of their most memorable songs – Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. You’ll be kept entertained along the way by a professional Beatles guide and some Fab Four tunes. As you travel around Liverpool city center and its outskirts, many more Beatles locations will be pointed out. The Magical Mystery Tour is the only Beatles tour that finishes at the legendary Cavern Club. Tour tickets also include free general admission to the Cavern in the evening of your tour date (excluding admission to ticketed shows).

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

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

The best way to appreciate Merseyside and Liverpool’s iconic waterfront is from the River Mersey. Start the adventure from the Pier Head, where the 50-minute river cruise departs from hourly. Departing hourly, on the hour, the 50-minute river cruise sails from Pier Head. Enjoy commentary that highlights the city’s waterfront heritage.  The open-top city bus tour shows the best of Liverpool to you by land. 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: 3-Hour Bay Cruise

4. Liverpool: 3-Hour Bay Cruise

During this three-hour cruise, you’ll enjoy incredible scenery and learn more about the fascinating history and geography of the River Mersey and Liverpool Bay with expert commentary from your guide.  With incredible panoramic views of the river, sail past Liverpool's UNESCO-listed waterfront, Royal Seaforth Docks, Fort Perch Rock at New Brighton, and along the Crosby Channel towards Blundellsands and Formby. This special sightseeing cruise will also give you the chance to experience Anthony Gormley’s spectacular Another Place art installation at Crosby Beach from the river. Enjoy incredible views of the 100 cast-iron life-sized figures spread across foreshore, stretching out into the sea. As you sail back into Liverpool from the mouth of the river and the Irish Sea, follow the journey of many cruise liners and ships, past and present. There will be live music from talented local artists, and a fully-licensed bar will be open throughout the cruise where you can buy snacks and drinks.

From Liverpool: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Adventure

5. From Liverpool: Full-Day Yorkshire Sightseeing Adventure

Get a taste of Yorkshire on a full-day minibus tour from Liverpool. Explore the county's history and cuisine, admire feats of Victorian engineering, and see the picturesque Hardraw Force waterfall. After a partially-narrated 2-hour journey, arrive in Haworth to discover the stories of the Bronte Sisters – Anne, Charlotte, and Emily. From there, head to the stunning limestone feature of Malham Cove, formed by melt-water from glaciers over 12,000 years ago. See the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering, and take a stroll to get a closer look at its 1.5 million bricks. A stop at the must-visit Wensleydale Creamery follows. Sample some of its famous cheeses, made originally by Cistercian Monks. Next, visit the pretty village of Hawes, a honeypot of a town boasting shops, cafes, pubs, and locals sipping John Smith's while munching a Yorkshire Pudding. Once you have explored Hawes, head to Hardraw Force, the UK's highest single-drop waterfall, which is over 100 feet tall. Enjoy the splash pool and the breathtaking natural “amphitheater” before beginning your journey back to Liverpool.

Liverpool: Guided City Walking Tour

6. Liverpool: Guided City Walking Tour

Trace the historical roots of Liverpool on a guided tour of the city center. Experience the city with a local guide as you tour its most important spots, including the Cavern Club and the waterfront. Learn about Liverpool's turbulent history as you explore the eclectic streets and admire the diverse architecture. Stop by the waterfront and the Albert Docks and hear about the city's trading history and its connection to the Titanic. Follow the lives of the Beatles from their early days in the Cavern Club. Admire the beloved city buildings that form the Three Graces along the Pier Head as well as lesser-known hidden gems along the way.

Liverpool Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

7. Liverpool Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Explore the top sights in Liverpool with an immersive smartphone scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. Discover the city with location-based while admiring the sights in a unique way. See the World Museum and visit the largest cathedral in Britain. After downloading your tour app (download instructions received via email after booking), begin your adventure to 10 of the most important attractions of the city. With maximum flexibility, you can start the activity at any time, stopping and going as you please. Once you start, you'll uncover clues at each attraction to reveal your next destination. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to solve a puzzle at the exterior of each attraction and work toward finishing the game. Along the way, take in the sights at your own pace while learning information and facts about Liverpool. Choose to take a lunch break, stop to fully enjoy the sights, and capture as many pictures as you want. The tour route includes the World Museum, St. George’s Hall, St. Johns Beacon, the Cavern Club, The Three Graces, the Museum of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, Nordic Church and Cultural Centre, Chinatown, Liverpool Cathedral, and more.

Liverpool: Beatles Childhood Homes Private Taxi Tour

8. Liverpool: Beatles Childhood Homes Private Taxi Tour

Walk in the footsteps of music legends as you take a guided taxi tour through Liverpool to discover the childhood homes of The Beatles. Step inside the former abodes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney in their formative years, and see the exterior of George Harrison's and Ringo Starr's houses. Be picked up from your hotel in a traditional black taxi cab. Immerse yourself in the world of John, Paul, George, and Ringo whilst visiting their childhood homes with your driver guide. Explore the interiors of both Mendips, John Lennon’s former home, and Forthlin Road, Paul McCartney’s home as a child. You will also stop outside the former dwellings of George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Learn more about the early years of the famous four, and how their humble beginnings shaped their musical careers. Find out where they practiced their music and wrote some of the first songs which propelled them to superstardom.

Liverpool: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

9. Liverpool: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore Liverpool. Receive messages to a phone from Captain Bess, a snarky pirate testing out new recruits to join her ship. Travel Captain Bess's carefully designed route through the city. Follow the treasure maps to get to the right place, then try to decipher the clue. Search high and low for the answer and see hidden sights usually missed by tourists. Ask for a hint to continue the journey through the city if the clues get too tough.  Start at the top of Bold Street and sneak along Georgian terraces and smaller streets, passing hidden gardens, delightful docks, and the stunning waterfront. Learn interesting facts and hear stories along the way about the sights along Bess's route and get a better understanding of the history of Liverpool. Get ready to explore Liverpool in a new way through this fun and interactive treasure hunt.

Liverpool: The Beatles City Exploration Game

10. Liverpool: The Beatles City Exploration Game

Discover Liverpool's fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around the Old Town. Explore this charming city in the United Kingdom by going on a quest with your friends or family. Move from place to place as clues take you around Liverpool. Solve clues to unlock interesting stories about each location. Go at your own pace without the need for a guide or a map. Show up at the starting point, start the app, and get ready for a fun quest that takes you around the major sights of Liverpool.

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What people are saying about Liverpool

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 276 reviews

This was excellent, gr8 value for money took the ferry then had the hop on hop off valid for 48 hrs, met Dave & the driver Wayne top guys very professional, we used this bus to get around, met other tour guides an always heard something a little extra, great laugh & fantastic atmosphere, really made our little break away fun ! Many thanks will definitely return x

We took a ferry 'cross the Mersey River which was delightful. Our HOHO bus driver recommended a great little pub for lunch which was wonderful, too. We really enjoyed this inexpensive Liverpool experience,

Lovely leisurely trip with well informed commentary plenty of seats and tables. Very pleasant staff. Stopped off at Woodside. Could have played complete version of Ferry Cross the Mersey

This mini trip was very relaxing, all the staff were so friendly & enjoyed learning some history

Brilliant experience would do it all over again. Really interesting information