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Liverpool: Liverpool Football Club Museum and Stadium Tour

1. Liverpool: Liverpool Football Club Museum and Stadium Tour

Explore Anfield Stadium and learn the history of Liverpool FC at the interactive museum. Visit exclusive areas, including the Player’s Tunnel and Dressing Rooms, with live guides and audio guides on hand. Start your tour in the Main Stand and enjoy views of the pitch and Liverpool’s skyline. Experience how the stadium comes alive on matchdays using immersive technology. Gain an insight into the club’s history and access to must-see areas such as the Press Conference Room, the This Is Anfield sign, Player’s Tunnel, Managerial Dugout, and the Dressing Rooms.  The stadium tour will be enhanced by a multimedia handset alongside your tour guides on hand to answer any questions. Your ticket includes entry to the Club’s interactive museum, The Liverpool FC Story where visitors can also enjoy the Club’s vibrant exhibition celebrating the epic achievements of the 19/20 season squad and brand new for Summer 2023, The Jamie Carragher Collection that sits alongside the existing Steven Gerrard Collection to form a new exhibit titled Two Local Lads Who Shook The Kop. A must-see for all Liverpool FC fans.

Manchester: Canal & River Cruise

2. Manchester: Canal & River Cruise

See Manchester from another perspective on a scenic canal cruise. Make your way along the Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell, admiring some of the city's key sights including Manchester United's home ground and the historic Stephenson's Railway Bridge. Board from Salford Quays and see sights from the modern Media City, now home to the BBC and the new home of ITV's Coronation Street, to the imposing Old Trafford football stadium and George Stephenson’s railway bridge from 1830. Pass by the first of the 120-meter-long locks of the Manchester Ship Canal, admiring the impressive Imperial War Museum and old Pomona Docks before heading into the heart of Manchester along the River Irwell. During the cruise, listen to commentary that describes the history of the Manchester Ship Canal. Learn about the industries that made the city one of the powerhouses of Europe in the 19th century and hear about the exciting future that's currently being built.

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

3. 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: Sightseeing River Cruise on the Mersey River

4. Liverpool: Sightseeing River Cruise on the Mersey River

Step back in time as you hear about the Beatles and Mersey Ferries on this river cruise in Liverpool. Discover Liverpool’s iconic waterfront from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Hop aboard the ferry at Liverpool Pier Head and begin your water adventure. Have the option to purchase some delicious refreshments while you admire the city from the water. Listen to commentary as your guide points out sights Sail past the cast iron, brick and stone buildings at the Royal Albert Dock. Take in views of the architectural ensemble of the 1900-era 3 Graces which includes a stunning Gothic-style skyscraper. Hear about the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. Find out how they are connected to the Mersey Ferries. Sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage.

Liverpool: The Beatles Story Ticket

5. Liverpool: The Beatles Story Ticket

Embark on a magical mystery tour and see how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to dizzying heights of fame and fortune from humble childhood beginnings. Replicas of Mathew Street and The Cavern authentically capture the early 60s, allowing you to experience firsthand the very places that helped make The Beatles the biggest band in the world. Hear the story unfold through our ‘Living History’ audio guides available in 11 different languages (English, Brazilian-Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish). Let all this take you down to the Beatles Story.  In 2018, The Beatles Story celebrates 50 years since The Beatles travelled to India with the launch of a special exhibition. Beatles In India looks at this key period in time with new memorabilia, imagery and personal accounts from people who were there with them.

Old Trafford: Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

6. Old Trafford: Manchester United Museum and Stadium Tour

Connect with sport's history with this tour of the Manchester United Museum and the Old Trafford Stadium. Learn about the club's history and achievements as you explore the museum. Take a tour of Old Trafford and sit in your favorite player's seat in the dressing room. Visit the museum to see fascinating club memorabilia and interactive exhibits. Experience the thrill of strolling through the players’ tunnel towards the pitch. Sit in the dugout and try planning your game tactics as Sir Alex Ferguson did for many years. See the press room where the manager makes his statement after each home gam. Visit the VIP room that has hosted big names over the years, including celebrities and many former players. Receive a personalized certificate to commemorate your visit to Old Trafford.

Etihad Stadium: The Manchester City Stadium Tour

7. Etihad Stadium: The Manchester City Stadium Tour

Immerse yourself in the City story on the Manchester City Stadium Tour. Visit areas of the Stadium not usually available to the public. Using the latest technology, dreams come true as you and your loved ones sit and interact with Pep Guardiola in the press room. Immerse yourself in the City Story as you walk out of the glass players' tunnel, sit in the seats in the dug outs and soak up the views of the stadium from pitchside! There is a surprise at every turn! The Stadium and Club Tour begins as you enter at the South of the stadium via M-Gate. You will be greeted by your professional tour guide who will take you on a 75-minute tour of the Etihad Stadium and provide you with insights and anecdotes. Your behind-the-scenes tour at the home of the Treble winners includes an exclusive look at the home team dressing room, where you can take selfie a selfie with your favourite players shirt, walk down the tunnel to the sound of the Etihad Stadium crowd. Then go pitch-side and sit in the mangers seat in the dugouts. You can then pose for a photo and field questions with a virtual Pep Guardiola in the press conference room. Tour guests also receive an exclusive 10% discount at the CityStore against full price purchases.

Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

8. Manchester: National Football Museum Admission Ticket

Your ticket includes admission to all four floors of the museum for a self-guided visit. On the ground floor, see the various trophies and enjoy the latest pop-up art exhibition. Level 1 is where you'll discover the must-see memorabilia — look out for the trophy won by England in 1966. You'll also uncover some fascinating history, like in England on the World Stage, which looks at the ups and downs of the England team. Level 1 is the meeting point for guided tours, and you can join these free tours at 11am and 2pm as part of your ticket. On Level 2, you'll find all the interactive challenges including Penalty Shootout. Temporary exhibitions on Level 3 change twice a year and take an in-depth look at soccer through art, photography, and technology.

Manchester: City Bus Tour

9. Manchester: City Bus Tour

Explore the birthplace of the industrial revolution aboard the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus in Manchester and learn more about the city's contribution to science, politics, music, arts and sport. Hop-on and off at any of the 15 stops on a route that has been carefully planned to include key sights such as Manchester Town Hall, the National Football Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club. Hop-off at Salford Quays to visit the famous Lowry art gallery and Imperial War Museum North in the stunning building by Daniel Libeskind. Discover the new media hub where the BBC and ITV have located their TV studios, and avail of the canal-side shops and restaurants. 

Liverpool: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

10. Liverpool: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Appreciate Merseyside and Liverpool’s iconic waterfront from the vantage point of the River Mersey on a sightseeing cruise. Then, soak in the city's sights from a hop-on and hop-off open-top bus with live commentary. Start the adventure from the Pier Head, where the 50-minute river cruise departs hourly. Enjoy commentary that highlights the city’s waterfront heritage as you take a ferry across the Mersey. Then, head back to dry land for an open-top city bus tour of the city. See the best of Liverpool from your bus and hear commentary on Liverpool's history. Visit iconic places of interest and learn about the city’s culture and history with a live guide on every bus. Hop off and back on to visit sites of interest to you. Bus tour stops: • Albert Dock • Pier Head • Liverpool One • The Cavern Quarter • Museums, Gallery & Library • Queen Square Bus Station • Adelphi Hotel • Metropolitan Cathedral • Philharmonic Pub • Liverpool Cathedral • St Luke's - Bombed Out Church • Chinese Arch • Cain's Brewery Village • M&S Arena & ACC

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based on 23,082 reviews

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!!!

guide was very informative about places we travelled to. it was a sunny day with fantastic views and well organised. driver was very helpful and kept us entertained during trip

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.

We loved the Tour! John and Chris were great! Would recommend. Good photo opportunities.

Very interesting. Easy to listen to the audio whilst walking around. Not too busy.