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Mersey Ferries
Mersey Ferries

Mersey Ferries

Open year-round
Pier Head, Liverpool, L3

The Basics

This famous ferry is one of the best ways to see Liverpool’s historic waterfront, which is itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 50-minute River Explorer Cruise operates hourly and includes recorded commentary.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Audio commentary is available on-board.

  • Free entrance to the U-boat Story exhibit is included in the River Explorer Cruise ticket.

  • On-board services include a café, restroom, and open-air viewing deck.

  • All Mersey ferries and ferry terminals are fully wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Mersey Ferries depart regularly from the Pier Head Ferry Terminal, next to the famous Liver Building on the Mersey River waterfront. The ferries sail across the water to Birkenhead Woodside Ferry Terminal and Seacombe Ferry Terminal on the Wirral Peninsula. River cruises can be boarded from any of the three ports.

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When to Get There

Mersey Ferries run all year round, although times vary throughout the year. During the peak summer months, opt for an early morning departure if you want to avoid the crowds.

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The Mersey River in Pop Culture

Taking a ferry cruise across the River Mersey is such a strong Liverpool tradition that it was immortalized in the 1964 Gerry and the Pacemakers song “Ferry Cross the Mersey.” A smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic, it remains one of Liverpool’s most popular anthems, covered by numerous artists over the years including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Burton Cummings, Pat Metheny, and even Sir Paul McCartney, as part of a fundraising effort for the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

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