Manchester Ship Canal Cruise

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise 2018

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

Mersey Ferries fascinating Manchester Ship Canal Cruise offers you a North West day out to remember.

Enjoy a fascinating journey along the inland waterway with the legendary Mersey Ferries. The full day cruise takes in the spectacular scenery leaving you with an awe-inspiring sense of how the canal's construction shaped the city of Manchester and the North West of England.

Go on a journey through time, through locks and under bridges mostly unchanged since they were built over 100 years ago. View the succession of swing bridges, an impressive sight as they turn through 90 degrees to allow ships to pass.

Take in the panoramic views as your cruise along the Mersey Estuary. Marvel at the historic buildings, industrial landscape and beautiful countryside, surrounded by nature's beauty and tranquillity.

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise 

Once on board, you will be treated to a live commentary from one of our Blue Badge Guides.

There is a choice of three departure locations; Salford, Liverpool and Seacombe.

Most cruises to Liverpool also include a short stopover, giving time to take in the brilliant sights of Liverpool, and maybe have a bite to eat or do some shopping.

At the end of your cruise or following your stopover, you will be picked up to make your return journey by coach where you can sit back, relax and reflect on your fantastic day out.

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

Cruise duration is normally between 5 - 6 hours. Return coach transfer is included with all tickets.  Please click here for 2018 sailing dates. Tickets for 2018 are now on sale. If you would like to purchase a ticket over the phone, please call 0151 330 1003. For all cruise information, take a look at our 2018 Sales Leaflet.

Please note, the canal is a commercial shipping channel and cruises can be delayed for reasons beyond our control. We cannot guarantee time for stopovers if we arrive late. For full terms and conditions, please click here.


  • Tickets for specific sailing dates - £42 per person
  • Tickets for cruise and U-boat Story available on cruises departing Salford - £45 per person
  • Tickets for cruise and The Beatles Story available on cruises departing Salford - £50 per person
  • Cruise gift vouchers - £42 (exchangeable for any available sailing in 2018) - Treat someone you know by giving a gift with a difference!

"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. 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