See Liverpool and Wirral's most iconic sights aboard the world-famous Mersey Ferry. Our 50 minute River Explorer Cruise offers stunning views of Liverpool's skyline and the River Mersey.

#DidYouKnow that Edward III granted the ferries a Royal Charter in 1330 and The Beatles performed four times on The Royal Iris at The Cavern Club’s famous Riverboat Shuffle Cruises in 1961 & 1962 

Find out lots more interesting facts about city's rich musical heritage, learn how the ferries played their part in the First World War and hear more about Liverpool’s maritime history from the expert recorded commentary, which plays throughout the cruise.

All you need to do is sit back, relax and take in the views. You'll be captivated as the rich and fascinating history of our world-famous waterfront unfolds before you.

We encourage you to book online before you visit. Your booking allows you to set sail on any scheduled River Explorer Cruise on the date selected (subject to availability).

Please note we only accept card payments at the terminals. 

Do you want to combine you river cruise with open top bus tour? Please click here for details.


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  • Gerry Marsden


  • Woodside


  • Seacombe


  • * River Explorer Cruise service terminates on the hour at Pier Head. Please note this is a one way service only. Direct Cross-River (Commuter Services) operate from Monday to Friday until 6:30pm.


  • Adult



  • Child

    Ages 5-15


  • Infant

    Under 5


  • Concession

    Over 60s and NUS card holders


  • Family

    2 adults & up to 2 children


  • Family

    2 adults & 3 children


The Perfect Day out for all the Family 

Planning a trip on the ferry? Why not hop off at either one of our terminals (Liverpool Gerry Marsden or Woodside) and turn your 50-minute cruise into a full day out for all the family!

There’s lots to see and do in Wirral, from the historic Birkenhead Park with its open meadows and lakeside walks, to the seaside fun of New Brighton which is packed with fairs, shops and restaurants to Port Sunlight, the beautiful garden village. All of these attractions are only a couple of stops away by bus, which you can catch from outside Seacombe Ferry Terminal.

Don't forget, Woodside Ferry Village at Woodside Ferry Terminal is still open, so you can catch the bus outside Seacombe Ferry Terminal to Hamilton Square (less than a 5 min walk to the terminal) to enjoy some tasty food and drinks!

Hop off the ferry at Liverpool Gerry Marsden Ferry Terminal and get ready to explore Liverpool’s fascinating architecture and history. Only a short walk from the terminal are two world-class museums: the Museum of Liverpool and the Maritime Museum where you can learn about Liverpool’s incredible history and seafaring past.

The Royal Albert Dock is just around the corner from Liverpool Gerry Marsden Ferry Terminal and is a great place to shop, dine and take in the sights. Here you can also visit Tate Liverpool, one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art in the UK and the award winning The Beatles Story, which is the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of the lives and times of The Beatles.

With all this and lots more to do on both sides of the river the ferry is the best way to see and experience Liverpool and Wirral with your loved ones. We even have two Mersey Ferries for you to travel on, the Royal Iris of the Mersey in traditional black, white and red livery and the Dazzle Ferry, the only operating Dazzle Ship in the UK. The eye-catching design was created by Sir Peter Blake as part of the First World War commemorations. 

See you onboard soon!

Cruise Route

Liverpool Gerry Marsden & Woodside Ferry Terminals