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 Manchester Ship Canal Cruise

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise

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.

At the end of your cruise 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. We also offer a short stopover opportunity in Liverpool on sailings from Salford to Liverpool, before the return coach transfer. 


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 2020 sailing dates.                                       

Gift vouchers are available for cruises in 2020, if you would like to buy a gift voucher please call 0151 330 1003 or click here​ to book online. If you would like to exchange a gift voucher for a sailing date in 2020 please call 0151 330 1003.

Please note, the canal is a commercial shipping channel and cruises can be delayed for reasons beyond our control. Full terms and conditions​ are available.


  • Tickets for specific sailing dates - £45 per person
  • Cruise gift vouchers £45 (exchangeable for any available sailing in 2020). Treat someone you know by giving a gift with a difference!
  • Combined Manchester Ship Canal Cruise and Beatles Story (Salford departures only) £53 per person
"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​​

Additional Information 
​​​​​Please be aware that photography and filming may take place during these cruises, and may be used for the purpose of promoting Mersey Ferries online, in print and on social media. Should you wish not to have your image used, please make the on board photographer aware. For more information see our photography Fair Processing Notice.​​

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise Fair Processing Notice​​​​