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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: Sightseeing River Cruise on the Mersey River

2. 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: River Cruise and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. 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

Liverpool City Explorer 24 hour hop-on hop-off Bus Tour

4. Liverpool City Explorer 24 hour hop-on hop-off Bus Tour

Liverpool is a city of great tradition, fabulous humor and stunning architecture. This hop-on hop-off bus service is serious about culture, comedy and style. On board see the city with an informative guide to help you explore the best bits of Liverpool. Hear about the history, drama, talent and funny stuff that’s made Liverpool what it is today. Hop on and off at 14 stops including, the Mersey Ferries, cathedrals, Chinese Arch and Museum and galleries. The full loop takes approximately 50 minutes and runs all year round. 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 • Echo Arena & ACC  

Liverpool: The Beatles and Cavern Quarter Walking Tour

5. Liverpool: The Beatles and Cavern Quarter Walking Tour

Join this guided walking tour and explore the attractions that are famously associated with iconic rock-band – The Beatles! Hear all about the upbringing and history of the 'Fab Four' from your friendly tour guide, as you stroll past The Beatles Story, The Beatles Statue and The Cavern Club. Admire other popular landmarks that are iconic to Liverpool, from the Royal Albert Dock to the "Three Graces" (Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building). Enjoy their spectacular architecture and discover the history of Liverpool's important maritime history. 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 Tours include: The Cavern Club The Bluecoat St George's Hall The Old Dock Queen Victoria Monument 16 Cook Street John Lennon Statue Mathew Street Eleaanor Rigby Statue Dr. Duncan's Pub St John's Gardens Walker Art Gallery Paradise Street Liverpool Town Hall Castle Street Titanic Memorial Royal Albert Dock Beatles Story Museum of Liverpool The Liver Birds St Nicholas Church & gardens Derby Square Chavasse Park 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

Liverpool: Official Peaky Blinders Half-Day Tour

6. Liverpool: Official Peaky Blinders Half-Day Tour

Enjoy a bus tour that immerses you into the world of Peaky Blinders in the city of Liverpool. You'll get to visit over 10 locations from the show, get behind-the-scenes information and get a fully guided tour of Liverpool. Along the way you'll hear fascinating stories about the show as well as the real life Peaky Blinders upon whom the show was based. This guided bus tour is a 4-hour excursion starting and finishing in Liverpool city center but which also takes in sites in the Wirral, Port Ellesmere and along the River Mersey. The tour is for fans of the Peaky Blinders TV show who want to take the next step and get a little bit closer to the world of Tommy, Arthur, Polly and the dark underworld in which they inhabit. This innovative coach tour is guided by a local expert with years of experience in leading groups. You'll be entertained, fascinated and enjoy a trip that will take you back to a different era.

Liverpool: 1-Day Liverpool Pass for Top Attractions

7. Liverpool: 1-Day Liverpool Pass for Top Attractions

Admire Liverpool from the land and see with a 1-day or 2-day Liverpool Pass that gives you access to the River Explorer Cruise and the City Explorer Liverpool hop-on hop-off bus. Enjoy entry to British Music Experience, Strawberry Fields, The Beatles Story, and the Liverpool FC Museum. Discover the waterfront Liverpool and travel along the river Mersey with a River Explorer Cruise. Hear commentary that tells tales of smuggling, music, and war as you glide down the river.  Step into music history with access to the British Music Experience. See Freddie Mercury’s stage outfits, handwritten Adele lyrics, the Sex Pistols’ guitars, and a dance studio.  Cut through the crowds and spy some of Liverpool’s best bits from the elevated view of an open-top City Explorer Liverpool bus. Hop on and off at any of the 14 stops in locations like the Cavern Quarter, the historic Albert Docks, and the Liverpool Cathedral.  See where John Lennon would play in the gardens as a child with access to Strawberry Fields. Feast your eyes on rare album sleeves, handwritten lyrics, Lennons’ spectacles, and Ringo Starr’s drumkit at 'The Beatles Story.' See replicas of iconic Beatles locations like Abbey Road Studios and Casbah. Explore Liverpool Football Club's silverware and memorabilia at the Liverpool Football Club Museum. Visit the brand new Boom Room Exhibition, which tells the epic story of Jurgen Klopp's dream team. 

Liverpool: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

8. Liverpool: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Be prepared to never look at Liverpool, or yourself, in the same way again with this unique disco-themed guided walking tour. Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the sound-soaked streets of Liverpool. This musically instructed adventure aims to have your funky moves on display and your pop star voice serenading the people of the city. Experience a unique roaming riot of revelry around the music capital of the United Kingdom. Expect all your inhibitions to evaporate away as you don your hi-tech headset and bust some swinging grooves whilst your tour guide shows you around.

Liverpool: The Beatles and Waterfront Guided Walking Tour

9. 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

From Liverpool: Chester Sightseeing Half-Day Shore Excursion

10. From Liverpool: Chester Sightseeing Half-Day Shore Excursion

You will be met by a representative of the local partner at Liverpool Cruise Terminal and shown to your vehicle that will transport you under the River Mersey, passing beneath your ship on the 45-minute short hop to Chester. Upon arrival, you will have a fully guided tour of Chester taking in the site of a Roman Amphitheatre, Norman Era Defensive Walls, views of the River Dee which gave Chester its means of trade with the rest of the world hundreds of years ago before passing by buildings dating back to the Tudor and Georgian era with Victorian architecture mixed in for good measure. You will see the famous Rows which is Chester's unique shopping experience before finally reaching the centre of the City - Chester Cross. From here you will have free time to wander the streets of this historic City and sample some of the flavours that makes Cheshire so loved by many, including Cheshire Cheese and local Ales. Finally, with bags laden with souvenirs (and some delicacies picked up at the various food stores) you will be transported back to the Port in Liverpool. If time allows, you may even get to meet the Fab Four before being dropped back at the Cruise Terminal

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What people are saying about River Mersey

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,952 reviews

Me and my daughter had an amazing time on the tour. The tour guide man was absolutely hilarious with his sense of humour based around the attractions and history, I found it very hard to compose myself around my daughter. Not a single detail was left out. Our driver was called Andy and the tour guide was called Oliver. Also, before we got on the bus, the check in ticket man at the main bus stop was so lovely, welcoming and very communicative. Was more than I bargained for if I’m honest! What a great start to our day in Liverpool.

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!!!

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.

Online the bus trip says it’s 24 hours but it closed at 3