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Discover Liverpool’s best activities and sites by boat with a single-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing pass! To start your exciting Mersey River adventure, head to any of the three embarkation points: Pier Head Port, Seacombe Port or Woodside Port. Enjoy the family-friendly attractions and the flexibility of determining you own itinerary and pace. 

Along the 50-minute roundtrip cruise, listen to colorful audio commentary about Liverpool’s riverside history, speckled with stories of smuggling, war and music – all influential players in the city's development. Catch impressive views of Liverpool’s key riverside landmarks and hop off wherever you’d like to explore – another boat will be by to pick you up shortly. 

Enrich the day by combining your river tour with an access pass to Liverpool’s out-of-this-world Spaceport attraction, located near Seacombe Port. Kids and adults alike will love the interactive space exhibits, the planetarium and the cosmic coaster space ride. History buffs may choose the U-Boat Story upgrade for a fascinating tour inside a real WWII German submarine. For the full adventure, choose the all-inclusive pass and see it all!

To end your tour, simple disembark at any of the stops. Easy!

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Mersey Ferry
U-boat Story / Birkenhead

Maximize your time in Liverpool with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing cruise along the Mersey River! Aboard a colorful ‘dazzle ferry,’ pass main city attractions and disembark at any of the port stops to check out the sites up close. Upgrade your tour to include entry to Spaceport, an interactive space center, and the U-Boat Story for a look at an authentic WWII German submarine. Guaranteed fun for the whole family!  

  • 50-minute standard hop-on hop-off Mersey River Explorer Cruise
  • Optional upgrades to family-friendly Liverpool attractions
  • Audio commentary on board the River Mersey cruise
  • Visit the three main Liverpool ports - Pier Head, Seacombe and Birkenhead Woodside
  • Save money by upgrading your ticket to include visits to the Spaceport or U-Boat Story
  • Purchase an all-inclusive ticket, to see the best of Liverpool in one day
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Reviewed yesterday
'DAZZLE FERRY' experience

On our second day in Liverpool we decided to take the 'Dazzle Ferry - Snowdrop' across the Mersey to Woodside Ferry terminal where part of your ticket price included the 'U-Boat Experience'. Tuesday was VERY windy indeed but didn't stop us from sitting on the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Finally took a fresh 'cross the Mersey!

After saying for about 20 years that I'd love to take a famous "Ferry 'cross the Mersey" I finally did. My teenage children enjoyed it too and it certainly offers the best views of Liverpool you could get.

2  Thank MrsGeorgeClooney1974
MTAttractions, Guest Relations Manager at Mersey Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you have a lovely day. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
As you would expect

Perfectly okay trip. As you would expect tricky to get a seat but plenty of standing room. Took less time to cross than expected - a good trip with no issues. Boarding was quick despite volume of people. Make sure you ask about all ticket...More

3  Thank nmum6010
MTAttractions, Guest Relations Manager at Mersey Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, thanks for the great review! We're so pleased that you enjoyed catching teh ferry and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a total waste of money. Its a glorified shuttle. Not worth the money. No que, wasn’t busy, couldn’t hear the guide.

1  Thank Sharon R
MTAttractions, Guest Relations Manager at Mersey Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Sharon, I'm sorry you were disappointed with the ferry cruise. If you would like a formal response, please can you email comments@merseytravel.gov.uk

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Just Plain Fun for These Seniors!

My husband and I recently took the Explorer Cruise on the Snowdrop mid-week in late August. There was a long queue for the first sailing of the day at 10 am, but it moved quickly. On board there was plenty of room for everyone. We...More

2  Thank snelson39120
MTAttractions, Guest Relations Manager at Mersey Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, thank you for the great review! We're so glad that you enjoyed the explorer cruise! The views from the river are fantastic of both the city and Wirral. We're really pleased you enjoyed the U-Boat story too, our staff and volunteers there are passionate...More

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Tracy P
20 July 2018|
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Response from B T | Reviewed this property |
Ask at the counter when you buy a Ickes as I think you can add it on for a few quid. You can hop on hop off too.
judith k
12 July 2018|
Response from Dolly007Gateshead | Reviewed this property |
No I don’t think so , we did the boat trip independently of any bus tour
Danusia S
19 June 2018|
Response from Howard-Liverpool | Reviewed this property |
It is included free of charge in your cruise ticket
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