Manchester Ship Canal Cruises

Take in Britain’s grandest canal as you journey between Liverpool and the vibrant Salford Quays.

Mersey Ferries fascinating Manchester Ship Canal Cruise offers you a North West day out to remember. Come aboard with us for a six hour trip* that’s as awe inspiring as it is relaxing. Manchester Ship Canal Cruise

You’ll travel the 35-miles of the canal, enjoying spectacular scenery and a lively commentary along the way. We’ll tell the story of how this
magnificent waterway shaped the city of Manchester and the North West of England; take you through locks and bridges that have remained largely unchanged since their construction over 100 years ago; plus show you some of the region’s most stunning architectural and natural sights.

To make your journey even more enjoyable our licensed bar and servery are available on board, selling refreshments and snacks throughout the cruise.

When it comes to the direction of travel the choice is yours, so start your trip at Salford Quays (M50 3AH); or at the opposite end of the route from either our Seacombe (Wirral CH44 6QY) or Liverpool (L3 1DP) terminals.  Once you’ve finished your day of cruising we’ll return to your point of departure by dedicated coach transfer. 

All sailing dates for the 2017 season have now ended. Please click here for 2018 sailing dates.


  • Tickets for specific sailing dates - £42 per person
  • Tickets for cruise and U-boat Story available on cruises departing Salford Quays - £45 per person
  • Cruise gift vouchers: £42 (exchangeable for any available sailing in 2018) - Treat someone you know by giving a gift with a difference!

Please call 0151 330 1003 or click here to purchase gift vouchers for the Manchester Ship Canal Cruise.

"One of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World!"

"The Manchester Ship Canal is an extraordinary feat of Victorian enterprise and engineering. The deep water canal, 36 miles long, was completed in just 6 years to enable ocean-going ships to deliver and collect cargo along the route and in the heart of Manchester. Swing bridges that carried roads and a canal across the canal still work as well as when they were constructed over a century ago, and huge locks and wharfs bear witness to how busy the canal once was. The famous Mersey ferry boats are used for the cruises. There is a fascinating running commentary during the 6-hour journey, and light refreshments on board include the equally famous 'scouse' meal. Free parking at Seacombe Ferry is a bonus if going by car. There is a generous 2.5 hour stopover at Salford Quays before returning by coach to the pickup points. The trip can also be made from Manchester. It is a wonderful opportunity to see how the canal contributed so much to the prosperity of the area, and it is excellent value." Rated 5 of 5 on Tripadvisor

Highly Commended




*Every cruise is a six hour ferry journey, plus one hour return coach. If a stopover at the destination is included, add an extra 2½ hours (1½ hours on Sundays). Stopover times can be subject to change. *Tickets and full boarding information will be sent by post or email. All Manchester Ship Canal Cruise gift vouchers are £42.00. Concessionary rates do not apply.

Tesco Clubcard vouchers are not valid for Manchester Ship Canal Cruise tickets. Wheelchair spaces on the return bus need to be reserved - please call 0151 330 1003. 

Mersey Ferry, Liverpool, Merseyside