Watch as we take you on the Mersey Ferries River Explorer Cruise to see the city like never before - The Guide Liverpool

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Watch as we take you on the Mersey Ferries River Explorer Cruise to see the city like never before



Liverpool’s waterfront is definitely one of the most spectacular anywhere in the world, and there’s no better way to see it than from the river itself.

Unlike any other sightseeing trip, with a Mersey Ferries River Explorer Cruise you don’t just get fabulous views of the sights of Liverpool or Wirral – you get them both!

The 50-minute cruises give you some incredible photo opportunities which you just wouldn’t get any other way, as you sail past the iconic Three Graces and other Liverpool landmarks such as the Tobacco Warehouse at Stanley Dock, Museum of Liverpool and Royal Albert Dock.

Mersey Ferries

And, of course, from out on the Mersey you get to take in the full stunning skyline with the two cathedrals, St John’s Beacon and Wallasey Town Hall too.

River Explorer Cruises run hourly from the Liverpool Gerry Marsden Ferry Terminal down at the Pier Head and the Woodside Ferry Terminal in Birkenhead and you can hop off at either, making them an ideal way to get around on family day out.

The Liverpool Gerry Marsden Ferry Terminal, which is home to the Beatles Story Fab4Cafe, is just a few minutes from the Museum of Liverpool and all the Royal Albert Dock attractions including the Tate and Maritime Museum, and only a short walk to the city centre shops. 

From Woodside Ferry Terminal places like Birkenhead Park, Port Sunlight and New Brighton are easy to get to, so you could pack a picnic and head off for a full day of exploring.

Mersey Ferries

But really, it’s the world-famous ferry itself which is such a memorable experience because there’s nothing else quite like it.

River Explorer Cruises run on two different Mersey Ferries – the traditional Royal Iris, with its distinctive black, white and red paintwork, and the brightly coloured Dazzle Ferry, created by artist Sir Peter Blake, the man behind The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album design.

Mersey Ferries

You can just sit back and take in all the views, without any of the hassle of driving and getting stuck in traffic, and if you fancy a drink or a snack, the ferries both have on-board cafes. You could even get a nice, chilled beer or a glass of wine to enjoy on the journey because they have a licensed bar as well. 

River Explorer Cruises leave every hour, on the hour from Liverpool and 20-past the hour from Woodside (10am- 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday, Sundays and bank holidays) so they couldn’t be more convenient.

And if you’re taking the whole family, there are discounted tickets available for two adults and up to two children, or two adults and three children – and kids under 5 go FREE!

Mersey Ferries

So, if you’re looking for the perfect day out this summer, especially if the sun’s shining, you can book tickets in advance on the Mersey Ferries website.

Then all you’ve got to do is hop on board, enjoy the sights and listen to Gerry Marsden’s famous anthem – and make sure you’ve got your phone in your hand, or your camera ready, to get all those amazing photos!

Book your trip on the Mersey Ferries website here.

By Dawn Collinson

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