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Liverpool Waterfront: Our most recommended tours and activities

Liverpool: City and Beatles Tour with Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

1. Liverpool: City and Beatles Tour with Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

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.

Liverpool: Royal Liver Building 360 Degree Tower Tour

2. Liverpool: Royal Liver Building 360 Degree Tower Tour

Gain entry to the Royal Liver Building with this entry ticket and guided tour. Visit the West Clock Tower of the building, witness an Audio Visual experience and behold panoramic views of the city of Liverpool from various outdoor viewing platforms. Start your tour in the visitor's centre in the West Basement. See unique images and pieces from the building's construction as well as information about the creation of Liverpool's most famous residents. Meet your guide in the presentation area and watch a brief safety video before learning about the original owners of the building, the Royal Liver Friendly Society as well as history of the building's creation. Hop in a lift to the first viewing platform and head out onto the 10th floor roof to behold views of the River Mersey towards the Welsh Mountains. Take photos from the highest external point granting you clear views of the Great George Liver Clocks. Head up 89 stairs to the 14th floor to partake in a 270 degree Audio Visual experience. Set behind the clockfaces of the West Tower the projection show utilizes a mixture of lights, sound, and 4D elements like wind machines that will give you a look back through time. Enjoy the AV display that lasts for 9 minutes and tells the story of the city's history over the last 100 years since the creation of the Liver Birds and Liver Building. Using digital mapping the architecture of the room is used as part of the storytelling to give you an experience unlike any other in Liverpool. Move on to the final destination as you ascend 35 stairs to the top of the Royal Liver Building and out onto the 15th floor. Admire the Liver Bird sculptures that sit atop of the building and enjoy breathtaking 360 degree views of the city.

Liverpool: Albert Docks Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

3. Liverpool: Albert Docks Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

Enjoy a cruise through the Albert Docks with a family-run sightseeing cruise agency. Purchase a hot or cold drink from the onboard bar and take in the waterfront vibe from the Tate Gallery to the Liverpool Marina and Yacht Club. Dive further into the sights with the onboard commentary.  Hop aboard and settle into a comfortable river boat with covered seating that ensures that passengers are comfortable no matter the weather. Enjoy comfy seats and tables with drinks available to purchase. Have an onboard toilet available for your use.  Relax as you soak up views of the Albert docks which were built in the 1860’s as a revolutionary new complex of docks. Today they are a popular, vibrant destination for locals and tourists. Pass by bars, restaurants, museums, and shops. Starting outside the Tate Gallery, travel through all the docks up to Liverpool Marina and Yacht Club while uncovering information about the sights with the onboard commentary. Turning in the middle of the Marina, return to the Royal Albert Dock with music. 

Liverpool: Guided City Walking Tour

4. Liverpool: Guided City Walking Tour

Trace the historical roots of Liverpool on a guided tour of the city center. Experience the city with a local guide as you tour its most important spots, including the Cavern Club and the waterfront. Learn about Liverpool's turbulent history as you explore the eclectic streets and admire the diverse architecture. Stop by the waterfront and the Albert Docks and hear about the city's trading history and its connection to the Titanic. Follow the lives of the Beatles from their early days in the Cavern Club. Admire the beloved city buildings that form the Three Graces along the Pier Head as well as lesser-known hidden gems along the way.

Liverpool: The Beatles and Waterfront Guided Walking Tour

5. Liverpool: The Beatles and Waterfront Guided Walking Tour

Join the tour guide and start your walking tour in the vibrant Derby Square. Stroll through Chavasse Park and hear how the John Lennon Peace Monument was originally housed here. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Royal Albert Dock, and see the star attraction that honours The Beatles – The Beatles Story. Hear all about the upbringing and history of the 'Fab Four' from your friendly tour guide. Later in the tour, you will also get the chance to stop for a selfie with the iconic Beatles statue! During this tour, you will get the chance to experience plenty of other famous landmarks. Stroll past the "Three Graces" (Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building) and admire it's striking architecture, and see some of the cities oldest buildings, such as Liverpool Town Hall. Hear how Liverpool is steeped in history built on maritime heritage, and how it's Port was once the busiest in the entire world. On top of all of this, you are more than welcome to ask your tour guide for recommendations, stop for selfie's, discover cool hangout spots, find trendy bars, and learn more about Liverpool's hidden gems. Your ticket further includes a complimentary sightseeing mobile-app. Download and discover more of the city in your own time, with specially selected self-guided walking routes and audio commentary, taking you to Anfield Stadium, Penny Lane, and more! Walking tour includes: Derby Square Chavasse Park Waterfront The Royal Albert Dock ACC Liverpool Exhibition Centre Liverpool The Beatles Story Museums of Royal Albert Dock The Piermaster's House Liverpool Mountain Billy Fury & Legacy Statues Museum of Liverpool Pier Head Beatles Statue The Three Graces The Liver Birds Titanic Memorial St Nicholas Church & Gardens Liverpool Town Hall Castle Street Main sights in the self-guided routes: Stanley Park Penny Lane sign Chinatown 9 Newcastle Road Rodney Street Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Anglican Cathedral St James Gardens Strawberry Field Gates The Old Quarry

History Guided Tour of Liverpool and the Beatles

6. History Guided Tour of Liverpool and the Beatles

This Beatles and History Tour will take you on a day you'll never forget! If you visit Liverpool, this is a must for you. We will start Outside the Liverpool Central Library, where our guides with a colourful umbrella will be waiting for you. You will be guided by a local Qualified Tour Guide who will show you Liverpool's hidden gems. American History in William Brown Street outside Walker Art Gallery, World Museum and the stunning Victorian Round Reading Rooms. Enjoy the history and architecture during your walkthrough Liverpool's World Heritage Site Guided walk through the Royal Albert Dock. Learn how and why the city has now emerged as the most vibrant UK city outside London. Mini Magical History Walk along Mathew Street and see outside the famous Cavern Club. Selfie at the new Beatles statues on Liverpool Waterfront in front of the iconic Liver Birds Your guide will give you lots of ideas and suggestions to explore Liverpool and the surrounding area. Tour Timings - 2-hour guided walking tour (the start time can be amended for group bookings) 11:00 am - Start – Outside Liverpool Central Library. 11:45 am – Mathew Street Walk, Eleanor Rigby statue. 12:15 am – Liverpool One leisure 12:30 am - Royal Albert Docks 13:00 pm – Finish - Official Beatles Statues

Liverpool: Self-Guided City Walk & Interactive Treasure Hunt

7. Liverpool: Self-Guided City Walk & Interactive Treasure Hunt

Go Quest Adventures is turning the streets of Liverpool into an Adventure Playground! Welcome to Liverpool. With its proud maritime history, remarkable architecture, amazing number of museums and recognised as the pop music capital of the world, it’s no wonder it was named one of the European Capitals of Culture! Explore the docks and city centre of Liverpool and unlock a carefully hidden trail by finding clues, solving puzzles & completing challenges, earning points along the way all self-guided through the Go Quest Adventures app. See the area's highlights, explore it's hidden gems and learn some insider history and fun facts along the way (even locals will discover something new!). As the Quest is self guided you can: * Start your Quest whenever you want, get instant access with nothing to print off from home * Go as fast as you want and try to top the leaderboard, or go at your own pace, stopping for rest breaks along the way. Your Quest will wind you through the waterfront seeing much of what made Liverpool one of the most important trading ports in the UK then travel through the business district and into the iconic streets made famous by the Fab Four ending back at your starting location via the largest outdoor shopping centre in Europe and the remarkable Albert Dock. As you find the clues and solve the puzzles you might ‘meet’ some famous icons, hear about some ghostly children, and discover the how the city was key in the war efforts. So grab your football scarf (red or blue are both welcome), put on some comfy shoes and get ready to explore the sights, discover hidden gems and ultimately, conquer your Liverpool Quest! This is an ideal outdoor activity for couples, families, groups of friends, school groups and can be the perfect team building or corporate activity. Customised Quests and group packages are available by emailing hello@goquestadventures.com. Get Questing today!

Liverpool: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

8. Liverpool: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

Discover Liverpool on a private tour led by a local guide. Explore iconic spots, including Pier Head & The Waterfront, The Albert Docks, The Three Graces, The Cavern Club, The Blitz, immersing yourself in the vibrant Scouse culture. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the city as you travel back through the centuries to discover its turbulent history, and how it has shaped Liverpool into the vibrant place you see today. Learn about our history, but also gain an authentic insight into modern life in the city today and explore some hidden gems along the way. From Liverpool’s trading history that created its foundations, to the Titanic and the Beatles. Discover renowned attractions such as Pier Head & The Waterfront, The Albert Docks, The Three Graces, The Cavern Club, The Blitz, and Eleanor Rigby statue, all while embracing the local culture.

Liverpool: Highlights walking tour. Discover its secrets

9. Liverpool: Highlights walking tour. Discover its secrets

We will start our walking tour exploring St George Hall quarter. You will discover why William Brown's street is considered the most cultural street in the world and will evoke its splendorous Victorian past. Then, you will follow the first steps of the Four Fab, the Georgian Quarter, both Cathedrals and China Town and the bombed Out church. And a tour to Liverpool is not complete without a visit to Mathew Street where you will discover how the Mersey Beat and the Beatles changed the Music in the '60s. Finally, explore the docks, and immerse yourself in the rich history and distinctive charm of this city, which was once the most important harbor during the 19th Century. One of the favorite cities of Charles Dickens but also the European Capital of the slave trade. Itinerary: Meeting point: St John's Gardens Catholic Cathedral Hope Street Anglican Cathedral China Town Bombed Out Church Bold Street Mathew Street Derby Square Waterfront About 3 hours tour. Discovering Liverpool will not disappoint you. You are going to fall in love with this city!

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What people are saying about Liverpool Waterfront

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4.9 / 5

based on 2,125 reviews

Damien was an excellent guide. A talented musician, singer, historian, an excellent people person with a great sense of humour and passion for his subject. I was born and brought up in the area but still Damien taught me a lot more about Liverpool than I already knew. I would very much recommend this tour regardless of where you are from.

This tour is an absolute must if you are in the area. I'm sure it'll be great regardless, but it'll be even better if you get the fabulous Tommy as your guide. He was absolutely brilliant!!!

Great time spent around the Albert Dock on the boat, All the staff were very hospitable and made us feel welcome, nice to relax for half an hour .definitely value for money.

Highly recommend this tour and Damian and Ann are super hosts and driver made the experience extra special

Great entertainment. Happy , soulful and magical . So informative. Will definitely do it again.