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Commuter Services depart each weekday morning and evening and operate between 07:20 – 09:50am and 5pm - 6:50pm.

River Explorer Cruises are back! We can’t wait to see you again. Cruises sail between 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and SundayCruises depart Pier Head, Liverpool on the hour and Woodside, Wirral at twenty past the hour. Due to major roadworks in Liverpool City Centre, please allow extra time if you’re departing from Pier Head.  

We’ve introduced timed tickets on our River Explorer Cruises, so you’ll need to book online before you set sail.  

All services will sail from Pier Head and Woodside terminals, whilst Seacombe is closed for major refurbishment work.  

Face coverings must be worn at all times on the ferry and in the terminals. Remember to keep a safe distance from other passengers and check in with the QR codes to comply with track and trace legislation. Find more information and prices on our Current Service Information page.

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise

Mersey Ferries’ fascinating Manchester Ship Canal Cruises will set sail along a new cruise route in 2021.

The round-trip cruise will sail from Liverpool and Wirral, travel along the captivating Manchester Ship Canal to the historic Latchford Locks and back, giving you the opportunity to experience a round-trip in the same day!

Relax as you travel under bridges mostly unchanged since they were built over 125 years ago and experience the rich legacy of Victorian architecture and engineering masterpieces like the Grade II listed Runcorn Rail Bridge and the Latchford High Level Bridge.

At Latchford Locks the ferry will turn and start the return journey back to Liverpool and Wirral. As you sail back along the canal, through Eastham Locks into the River Mersey, you will get a breath-taking view of the Mersey Estuary and Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront in the distance. Enjoy the incredible panoramic views of the stunning coastline, Liverpool’s famous skyline and historic buildings.

To make your journey even more enjoyable, on board you’ll learn about the history of the canal and landmarks from our Blue Badge Guide’s live commentary. Our licensed bar and servery are also available on board, selling refreshments and snacks throughout the cruise.

Cruises last between 5 - 6 hours. You will depart from Liverpool or Wirral, sail to Latchford Locks and enjoy a return trip along the canal before being dropped at your original departure point.

 

Prices

  • Tickets for specific sailing dates - £46 per person

Please note, the canal is a commercial shipping channel and cruises can be delayed for reasons beyond our control.

Mersey Ferry sailing along the canal
Customers taking photographs of the canal from the deck of the Mersey Ferry

2021 Manchester Ship Canal Cruises - Update

We will review the on sale date of 2021 Manchester Ship Canal Cruises from 21 June, which is in line with ‘Step 4’ in the government ‘Out of Lockdown’ roadmap. We remain hopeful that we will operate a number of cruises toward the end of the summer season and will continue to update as the situation evolves.

Customers with Manchester Ship Canal gift vouchers will be able to exchange the vouchers for a sailing in 2021. Vouchers do not need to be re-issued, please keep gift vouchers safe until the opportunity is available to exchange the vouchers for a future cruise. Gift vouchers are valid for use during the 2021 season and will be extended should Covid-19 related restrictions prevent use.

Our staff are currently working from home due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please allow 7 working days to receive gift vouchers by post. 

Please note you will not be able to make a booking or exchange a gift voucher until tickets go on sale; sign up for our newsletter to be the first to find out when the 2021 dates go on sale.

 

Aug

Aug

10

09:30

Aug

12

10:00

Aug

13

10:30

Aug

24

09:30

Aug

25

09:30

Aug

27

10:30

Aug

28

11:00

Sept

Sept

9

09:30

Sept

10

10:00

Sept

23

09:30

Sept

24

10:00

Oct

Oct

8

09:30