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Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise provided by Mersey Ferries

Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
50m
Group size:
20
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 50m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 50m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5296FERRY
Important information
Inclusions
  • Roundtrip ferry
  • Historical commentary in English - Various language sheets are available on request.
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Duration
50m
Departure details
  • Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DP, UK
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Coffee shop & restrooms can be found on-board the ferry
  • Voucher is valid for anytime on day of travel - The Cruise departs on the hour every hour from Liverpool. Just arrive at least 25 minutes beforehand to redeem your voucher as the ferry leaves on the hour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Inclusions
  • Roundtrip ferry
  • Historical commentary in English - Various language sheets are available on request.
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Departure details
  • Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DP, UK
Duration
50m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Coffee shop & restrooms can be found on-board the ferry
  • Voucher is valid for anytime on day of travel - The Cruise departs on the hour every hour from Liverpool. Just arrive at least 25 minutes beforehand to redeem your voucher as the ferry leaves on the hour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Pier Head
    Liverpool L3 1DP, UK
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    The Beatles Story
    Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool
    Liverpool Cathedral
    Royal Liver Building 360
    Museum of Liverpool
    Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool
    Tate Liverpool
    Merseyside Maritime Museum
    Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
449 reviews
Excellent
254
Very good
121
Average
38
Poor
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Terrible
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vintage59
Pitstone, UK39 contributions
My daughter & I bought tickets for the River Explorer Cruise, leaving from the Woodside ferry terminal on Sunday 23rd January. The commentary was very informative & the views were excellent. We spent the day in Liverpool then arrived back at the ferry terminal in Liverpool to find the last ferry of the day back to Woodside had been withdrawn from service due to a technical problem with the ferry. Stranded on the opposite side of the Mersey from our car on the Wirral, we spoke to some very helpful staff at the ticket office who immediately contacted the railway station & arranged for them to honour our tickets. Within 20 minutes we were back at our car! I emailed Mersey Ferries who very promptly refunded the cost of our cruise tickets - just 24 hours after we’d found ourselves stranded. All the ferry company staff we spoke to were helpful, polite & friendly but special thanks to Sue, the company’s Groups Officer, who so promptly dealt with my email & authorised a refund. Can thoroughly recommend. We will return & finish the cruise very soon!
Written January 24, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We are sorry for the technical problems with the Ferry on Sunday but it is good to hear that all of our staff were so helpful and managed to get you back to your car so quickly and efficiently. We have passed your kind words onto Sue and the operational staff and we look forward to seeing you on the Mersey Ferry again soon. Thank you for recommending us.
Written January 26, 2022
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JTJD
United Kingdom823 contributions
Couples
Get wrapped up warmly if the weather is cool because its pretty draughty once you hit the water…even in mid June this year it was cold on the open decked area.
Great little trip on the ferry that has an informative recorded commentary. The tannoy blasts out a short burst of the famous “Ferry Across the Mersey” when you set off which made us laugh!
We hopped off at the Woodside terminal & had a stroll about for an hour & then took the ferry back. If you are going to do this you have to inform the terminal staff who will amend your return booking to a different time.
We were told that there are “commuter” tickets available that run until something like 09.00 where you can use the same boat to cross the Mersey but it’s at a reduced cost…presumably no commentary & mainly used by locals.
Written July 28, 2021
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Thank you for the great review, it sounds like you really enjoyed the River Explorer Cruise. Now that restrictions have lifted a bit more we have gone back to freesale tickets so that people can choose to sail on any service that day, rather than a timed ticket. You are correct that we have a commuter service that runs between Woodside and the Pier Head . Departures are every 20 mins from 07.20 - 9.40 and 17.00 - 18.40 and the crossing is just 10 minutes (full details on our website). We hope to see you again one day.
Written July 29, 2021
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Kao2015
Glasgow, UK152 contributions
Friends
As part of our staycation we took a trip on the River Cruise, easy to book online or via the lovely customer service agents at the terminal. You must wear your mask on entering the terminal & onboard the ferry. Safety message played after boarding, & we were off a rendition of Ferry Across The Mersey which was fab & commentary of all the popular sights on left & right of the Mersey throughout in English. The weather was amazing we remained on top deck & took in the fabulous sights it was a leisurely cruise informative & you can purchase drinks on board & get off at a stop & reboard or remain on for full 50 mins. It was £11 per Adult & worth every penny. We had a magic time thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Written June 11, 2021
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Thank you for this great review, it is so good to hear that you enjoyed your River Explorer Cruise and thought it was good value. We like to think that no visit whether a staycation or a vacation! to Liverpool is complete without a trip on the Mersey Ferry.
Written June 14, 2021
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KevinH312
Cardiff, Wales10 contributions
Very disappointing. The ferry was late arriving for our departure and my total time on board either side of stopping off at the Woodside ferry village was 40 minutes not 50, with 5 minutes of that spent at Woodside. On the video on the website Woodside looks a lively place with music and craft stalls. On the day of my visit on a hot Thursday at the peak of the tourist season there was nothing there other than the eating zone. I went for a wander but having seen nothing interesting after 20 minutes I went back to Woodside for a coffee. The U boat attraction was closed and the only other thing at the village was a tiny shop.
The ferry is okay for a bit of fresh air and it's always nice for us landlubbers to be on water but that's about it for me. It was hard to hear much of the commentary, as mentioned in many other reviews, but clearly nothing has been done about it and it is also still out of sync. The boat doesn't get very close to either shore and there isn't actually that much to see, even on the more interesting Liverpool side. The view of the Three Graces is actually obstructed by the building in which the ferry ticket office is located. Never worth the £11 adult ticket price, though as every ferry I saw was packed I am sure the operators will feel they are justified in what they offer.
Written August 25, 2021
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Thank you for the review. Firstly apologies that the ferry was late and the cruise was slightly shorter than normal. We continue to operate with additional Covid safety measures which can impact our timings particularly at peak times. Passengers boarding at Pier Head, Liverpool do have the option of visiting Woodside and returning on a later ferry or completing the full round trip. In addition to the Woodside Food Village there are some interesting short walks from Woodside, particularly Hamilton Square which is second only to Trafalgar Square in London for having the most Grade I listed buildings in one place in England. We did have some commentary volume issues with the Royal Iris vessel a few weeks ago. Since the end of July the Snowdrop vessel (Dazzle Ferry) has been operating the service. The commentary volume and syncing issues referred to in your review will be checked by our operational team. I’m sorry you were disappointed with the overall experience and thank you again for bringing this to our attention.
Written August 27, 2021
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Sunny_JLa
Harringay, UK234 contributions
Unfortunately we could hardly hear the commentary which was a shame. We took the ferry on a very hot date in July, it was packed, and with other customer speaking loudly and the sound of the boat’s engine itself, we could hardly distinguish the words in the onboard commentary. Yes, views are nice but if you can’t understand what is being said about them then it’s a bit pointless.

Another issue is that the trip did not feel covid safe at all. People were standing closely in the queues to get on board, no one wearing masks except us. Staff did not reinforce any social distancing, use of sanitisers or masks.
Written August 4, 2021
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Hello Sunny, thank you for your feedback , we do appreciate it. We apologise for the problem with the PA system on the Royal Iris, this ferry has now been replaced by Snowdrop (Dazzle Ferry) and the PA system is working across the vessel. We do have processes in place to maintain cleanliness, social distancing and we do remind customers that there is a requirement to wear a face covering for their entire journey on the ferry. Customers are informed of this via information on our website, on site signage and audio safety messages at the start of the cruise. The ferry capacity has been reduced significantly to provide more space on the vessel and we are asking visitors to book online. We have been awarded the official UK ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark to show that we have followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines.
Written August 4, 2021
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Julezbabe
Surrey, UK166 contributions
We parked our motorhome easily on Sunday morning at Birkenhead cost £5 for the day. The ferry terminal was bright and welcoming with many cafes and toilets.
Helpful reception area and ticket sales - we purchased a ticket for the ferry and open top bus. £22 per head.
The ferry was fun and colourful an original from the 60s.
We had good seating at the back and it gave an automated running commentary as we left the harbour to cross over to the docks in Liverpool. A welcome sight of the liver birds building and history about the Cunard building and a good historical dialogue throughout.
The waters were calm on the way out. The area you docked was lovely a nice tea rooms based on the Beatles theme for a coffee break before boarding the bus ( just outside).
The weather changed on the way home for the second leg of the tour so saw Liverpool in a murky fog! Felt almost like a Lowrie painting!
Written August 15, 2022
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Destination792100
Thank you so very much for taking time to review, it's much appreciated! It sounds like you had a wonderful busy day exploring our beautiful city....hope you come back and visit us again soon!
Written August 16, 2022
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Tish
Letchworth, UK58 contributions
Couples
Really not worth the money, £11 each, a commentary that is out of sync with the land mark's and not loud enough. Literally one side to another, taking the long way round, few verses of ferry across the mersey a few times then off the boat. £11 each, really !!
Written August 29, 2021
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Destination792100
Thank you for taking the time to leave us this feedback, we do appreciate it. We are sorry that you were disappointed. We do benchmark our ticket price with other UK and European cruises and we will pass on your feedback about the Ferry commentary.
Written September 1, 2021
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Katy I
Derbyshire, UK20 contributions
Family
It was wet and windy and a little choppy at times but our Mersey Ferry trip was an experience not to be missed. We stopped off at the U boat museum for an hour (included in trip price £29 for 2 adults and a child) The museum was quite small , but interesting enough. The street food arcade was lovely where we stopped for a coffee.
The ferry staff were friendly and helpful. A very enjoyable “must do “ while visiting Liverpool.
Written March 1, 2020
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Hi Kate, thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the day - minus the weather. We hope to see you again soon.
Written March 5, 2020
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D S
5 contributions
It was a good round trip but one thing I thought was really missing was an actual rendition of the song Ferry Cross The Mersey on the PA system!! There was a muffled bit of the title on the PA which was not very loud OR clear and judging by everyone wanting to join in, it was sadly lacking. If they played a clear version of the song at the end of the trip, I'm sure you would have had hundreds singing along and leaving the ferry with a joyful trip rather than just leaving. After all, I'm sure its the song bringing all the passengers, not just the trip itself...
Written September 20, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and we are glad you enjoyed your cruise. We do play Ferry ‘cross the Mersey at the start of the cruise and a slightly longer segment as we approach Liverpool at the end of trip. We do regularly review the content of the recorded commentary and appreciate your feedback on this important part of the cruise experience.
Written September 23, 2021
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emfallen
Warwickshire, UK2 contributions
Couples
I booked the Mersey River Cruise several months in advance, as part of my partners surprise trip to Liverpool - I was left SO disappointed and upset, as didn’t get to take the trip, after two attempts of trying to go. On the first day (Monday 30th) we went to take the trip, and Mersey Ferries had decided not to run the last boat at 4pm (which I had specifically called ahead about the week before, to confirm times etc, and they had assured me that we would be able to ride the last boat at 4.00pm! It also stated this on the board outside the ticket office *see photos below*). On arrival to the ticket office at 3.15pm, they had locked the doors (and were sat behind their desks and wouldn’t come to the door). I had to call up and speak to them from outside the door, and was told that I had been misinformed regarding ferry times when I had called prior, and that the last boat had sailed at 3.00pm. I expressed my disappointment, particularly as I had specifically called ahead of time due to it being a birthday trip. I asked if I could transfer the ride to the following day and they said that I could. I returned the following day to redeem my tickets and take the 1.00pm boat ride, to be greeted by the sign below, and was told that there was no Mersey Ferry rides running all day, due to operational issues. I was so disappointed and couldn’t even receive a refund, as Mersey Ferries didn’t distribute my tickets and I would need to contact Trip Advisor. There were many people with the same issues as myself and also people stuck, not being able to get across to the other side. Very disappointing and very poor customer service at the ticket office.
Written January 1, 2020
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Please accept our apologies for the disappointment and inconvenience of not being able to take a Mersey River Cruise during your trip to Liverpool. For the Christmas and New Year period, we were operating a revised timetable which included a reduced service on the 30th December, with hourly Liverpool departures from 11am to 3pm. This timetable was advertised on our website and via social media but was not clearly advertised at the ferry terminal. We are assuming that you called our contact centre directly and was given the incorrect timetable information. We are investigating this matter further. Unfortunately on the 31st December, we were unable to provide a cruise service due to operational difficulties. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention and I hope you will have an opportunity to take a ferry ‘cross the Mersey again in the future.
Written January 7, 2020
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Kath D
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Ferry cross the mersey
Were told something must do if come to Liverpool so we did. It felt like trying to fit as many on board as can. The
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Had to be done!
Our first visit to Liverpool so had to get the ferry cross the Mersey as seemed a thing that had to be done! Was ok
Roger H
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A most enjoyable hour on the Mersey
Very pleasant excursion on the Mersey, with an informative commentary.It was interesting to see Liverpool and the s
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Lovely day
Nice trip but audio was not audible. Very well organised and staff very friendly. Shame as I said that the audio wa
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BRILLIANT HOUR ON THE MERSEY !
Sat on the middle deck and enjoyed two pints of ice cold stella whilst taking in the wonderful Liverpool and Wirral
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Good experience
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Great value trip
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