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Liverpool: Liverpool Football Club Museum and Stadium Tour

1. Liverpool: Liverpool Football Club Museum and Stadium Tour

Explore Anfield Stadium and learn the history of Liverpool FC at the interactive museum. Visit exclusive areas, including the Player’s Tunnel and Dressing Rooms, with live guides and audio guides on hand. Start your tour in the expanded Main Stand and enjoy views of the pitch and Liverpool’s skyline. Experience how the stadium comes alive on matchdays using immersive technology. Gain an insight into the club’s history and access to must-see areas such as the Press Conference Room, the This Is Anfield sign, Player’s Tunnel, Managerial Dugout, and the Dressing Rooms.  The stadium tour will be enhanced by a multimedia handset alongside your tour guides on hand to answer any questions. Your ticket also includes entry to The LFC Story where the team’s history is brought to life through never seen before displays.  Explore The Boom Room: The Epic Story of Jurgen Klopp's Dream Team, a museum exhibition paying homage to the players and all who contributed to making this dream a reality. Also, see the six European Cups and discover over 125 years of LFC history.

Liverpool: The Beatles Story Ticket

2. Liverpool: The Beatles Story Ticket

Embark on a magical mystery tour and see how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to dizzying heights of fame and fortune from humble childhood beginnings. Replicas of the Casbah, Mathew Street and The Cavern authentically capture the early 60s, allowing you to experience firsthand the very places that helped make The Beatles the biggest band in the world. Hear the story unfold through our ‘Living History’ audio guides available in 11 different languages (English, Brazilian-Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish). Let all this take you down to the Beatles Story.  In 2018, The Beatles Story celebrates 50 years since The Beatles travelled to India with the launch of a special exhibition. ‘Beatles In India’ looks at this key period in time with new memorabilia, imagery and personal accounts from people who were there with them.

Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

3. Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

From the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. On this 50-minute cruise, you’ll sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage. There is simply no better way to enjoy Liverpool’s iconic waterfront than from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Learn about the history of the Mersey Ferries and the Beatles, who performed 4 times on board the Royal Iris. The performances spanned 3 distinct periods in the development of the renowned group. The first ferry performance was on a cruise in August 1961, when the Beatles were still wearing leather. In August of the following year, they performed again, changing their image to a more clean-cut look, sporting suits, and ties. Their final ferry show was on 28 September 1962, featuring Ringo on drums. By this time they had recorded their first single, Love Me Do, at Abbey Road Studios. A week after the show, Love Me Do was released. While enjoying the surroundings you can listen to the commentary in English pointing out the sights along the river. Information sheets in other languages are provided. The tour departs on the hour from Liverpool Pier Head.

Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

4. Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

Climb aboard a pleasure boat in central Manchester and embark on a trip from the heart of Manchester's old docklands into the center of the city. See sights from the modern Media City, now home to the BBC and the new home of ITV's Coronation Street, to the imposing Old Trafford football stadium and George Stephenson’s 1830 railway bridge. Pass by the first of the 120 meter long locks of the Manchester Ship Canal, and admire the impressive Imperial War Museum and old Pomona Docks before heading into the heart of Manchester along the River Irwell. Listen to a full commentary that describes the history of the Manchester Ship Canal and the industries that made the city one of the powerhouses of Europe in the 19th century. Hear about the exciting future now being built.

Skipton: 1-Hour Canal Cruise

5. Skipton: 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Welcome aboard the best 60 minutes of historic escapism you can find in Skipton. Enjoy a lively canal trip that proves you don't have to let planning or nasty weather get in the way of a good time. Keep your camera ready to capture the picturesque countryside scenery.  Your guide for the canal tour is award-winning comedian Dave Spikey of “Phoenix Nights” and “8 out of 10 Cats” fame. With his characteristic Northern patter, Dave takes you on a whistle-stop tour of Skipton and shares canal history that’s refreshingly different from your average commentary. Above the jokes and laughter, hear points of interest and fascinating stories of how the Leeds and Liverpool Canal delivered the lifeblood of the Industrial Revolution through Yorkshire. Food and drink are available onboard too for a fun twist on your lunchtime break.

Liverpool: Beatles Magical Mystery Bus Tour

6. 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).

Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

7. Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

Learn about the club's history and achievements as you explore the museum. Take a tour of Old Trafford and sit in your favorite player's seat in the dressing room. Imagine yourself ready to start the cup final as you walk through the players’ tunnel towards the pitch. Take Ole’s seat in the dugout and plan your tactics. See the press room where the manager makes his statement after each home game and the VIP room that has hosted so many big names over the years. After completing your behind-the-scenes tour, receive a personalized certificate to commemorate your visit to Old Trafford as well as souvenir headphones.

Liverpool: City & Beatles Tour 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

8. Liverpool: City & Beatles Tour 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Hop aboard the open-top bus tour of Liverpool and The Beatles. Listen to the social history of the city and where the Beatles were born and raised, stayed, and played. See all the city’s historic sights, including the Unesco World Heritage waterfront and the 2 magnificent Cathedrals. Your first stop is Penny Lane and the second Strawberry Field, where you can leave the bus for a priceless photo opportunity. Then you'll go to the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, before traveling back towards the city where you will hear all about the great River Mersey. Once you have completed the City and Beatles tour, use your ticket to join the hop-on hop-off city tour. Ride through the historical landmarks and attractions including The Royal Albert Dock, the iconic UNESCO waterfront, the world-famous Cavern Club, the World Museum, both of the magnificent Cathedrals, The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, China Town, and much more.  You will also have exclusive offers throughout the city, including a free glass of bubbly at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms.

Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Museum and Stadium Tour

9. Etihad Stadium: Manchester City Museum and Stadium Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite players on this behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Etihad Stadium. Take a look at the state-of-the-art new player facilities of the revamped stadium and club. From arrival to pre-match preparations, and from the big match to their post-match media obligations, gain a true understanding of the journey that players take on a match day. Follow your guide who will bring each corner of the stadium to life with interesting stories, facts, and anecdotes. There are plenty of new areas to visit this season, including the brand new player facilities and the introduction of The Tunnel Club – the first of its kind in world football.

Blackpool: Blackpool Tower Circus Entrance Ticket

10. Blackpool: Blackpool Tower Circus Entrance Ticket

The Blackpool Tower Circus has been wowing audiences since 1894. Today, a mix of death-defying stunts, comedic capers, and phenomenal performances from talented entertainers combine to create an unmissable show that's perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Join the famous clowns Mooky and Mr. Boo and get ready to laugh your socks off with the slapstick comedy and side-splitting routines or fun. If you're after the ultimate family show, the Blackpool Tower Circus is a must.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 2,699 reviews

A great trip to a breathtaking landscape! We received very good snapshot impressions of the Lake District. Of course, one day is too short to experience very much. If I can I will definitely come back for a longer visit. Our guide Stuart was fantastic: very friendly and helpful, a fountain of knowledge about the region, its history, nature and literature, funny and entertaining. I can recommend the trip without any reservations.

A small but very interesting museum (if a little difficult to find! Typical postcode problem with Google Maps - takes you to the back of the building which has no indication of the musuem ... NOTE: It is in Rumford Street NOT in the square behind that!!). An interesting insight into a WWII activity that I, and I would suspect many others, had no knowledge off. Probably take you no mare than an hour an most.

Had a great tour, ClaireVoyant and her sister were brilliant, fun informative and witty. They really made the tour for us. I would definitely recommend the tour

The experience itself was amazing Tony and Dave were fantastic very welcoming onto the bus and Tony was very knowledgeable of Liverpool and historic events

What a brilliant experience! Interesting, informative & fun! I’d highly recommend this to Beatles fans & visitors to Liverpool.