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. The 2016 cruise dates which run from April through until October 2016 are NOW available. Please see our sailing timetable here.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.

Ferry on ship canalOn most of our cruises there’s also an additional opportunity to enjoy a 2½ hour stopover before we return you by bus. These stopovers are your chance to visit The Lowry, Imperial War Museum, or Lowry Outlet Mall in Salford Quays; the U-boat Story at Woodside, with its real German WWII U-534 submarine; or Liverpool’s central attractions and Albert dock 


  • Cruise tickets (including coach transfer): £39 Buy Now 
  • Cruise + U-boat Story  tickets: £41 (add U-boat to your basket after you have selected cruise date – only available on cruises from Salford Quays)
  • Cruise gift vouchers: £39 (exchangeable for any available sailing in 2016) - Treat someone you know by giving a gift with a difference. 
  • Please call 0151 330 1444 or book online to purchase gift vouchers for the Manchester
    Ship Canal Cruise
    .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 £39.00. 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 1444. 

Mersey Ferry, Liverpool, Merseyside