Manchester Ship Canal Cruise
Sail to the historic Latchford Locks and back on this fascinating round-trip day cruise.
Mersey Ferries’ fascinating Manchester Ship Canal round-trip Cruises 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 world famous 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.
Please note, the canal is a commercial shipping channel and cruises can be delayed for reasons beyond our control.
Tickets cost £46 per person.
If you have Manchester Ship Canal Cruise gift vouchers you can now redeem your gift vouchers for a 2022 sailing date. All you need to do is to choose your cruise date, call 0151 330 1003- Monday to Friday (8am-6pm) to check availability and reserve your sailing date. Please note you can only reserve your sailing date on weekdays from 8am-6pm.
Once you have reserved your date please write your surname, postcode and the date of your cruise on the front of your gift vouchers and send them to:
Mersey Ferries Sales Department
PO Box 1976
Our team will then post your tickets out to you.
Dates are subject to availability. We recommend that gift vouchers are sent to Mann Island via the Royal Mail Signed For service, as we cannot accept responsibility for gift vouchers which do not arrive after they have been sent via the standard postal service. Please note we are unable to replace lost gift vouchers.
All current gift vouchers need to be redeemed for the 2022 season. Vouchers cannot be extended beyond the 2022 season.
Getting to Liverpool Pier Head
The Pier Head Ferry Terminal is a short walk from James Street train station.
Car parking is available at the Q-Park, Liverpool One. A 10% discount is available for Mersey Ferries customers who pre-book their parking.
Visit the Pier Head section on our Find Us page to pre-book your parking.
The postcode for this car park is L1 8LT.
For more detailed travel information, please call 0151 330 1000.
Getting to Wirral Terminal
Woodside Ferry Terminal is a short walk from Hamilton Square Rail Station. Limited PayByPhone car parking is available at the terminal. The postcode for the car park is CH41 6DU.
All car parking charges are facilitated by PayByPhone. You can download the PayByPhone app, pay online, or call 0330 400 7275.
Please note, car parking charges apply from 6am - 6pm.
For more information on how to use PayByPhone, please visit www.paybyphone.co.uk/help.
If you are finding it difficult to use the PayByPhone app or payment method, please pop into Woodside Ferry Terminal (during opening hours) and speak to one of our friendly staff members. Our staff members will be able to assist you and facilitate payment. Please note we cannot accept cash in the ferry terminals.
On the day of your cruise
Join the Mersey Ferry at Liverpool or Wirral, for an enjoyable trip along the Manchester Ship Canal. Cruise duration is normally 5-6 hours.
How long does the cruise last?
The cruise duration is normally between 5 – 6 hours.
Can I buy food on board?
Our on board cafe sells a range of snacks and sandwiches on board but you are more than welcome to bring your own packed lunches or picnic. There is also a full range of hot and cold drinks to buy as well as a fully licensed bar aboard. Due to licensing restrictions, you cannot bring your own alcohol on board.
Can I bring a dog?
Due to the duration of the cruise, dogs cannot be carried on the Manchester Ship Canal cruises. We do of course, accept assistance dogs.
Is smoking permitted?
All Mersey Ferries, premises, including vessels are designated as no smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted on the vessel at any time. This also includes electronic cigarettes.
How much are children's tickets?
We do not offer a child ticket for this cruise. Children under the age of 2 are free of charge, but still need to have an infant ticket, so please make sure you let us know at the time of booking.
Is the cruise suitable for children?
Please remember that the cruise is likely to be between 5 and 6 hours in duration and the cruises do not have any children’s activities.
What are the arrangements for seating?
We offer free seating on board, we are unable to reserve seats and seats are on a first come first served basis.
Where can I park?
Parking is available at Q Park in Liverpool which is close to the Pier Head Ferry Terminal. Limited PayByPhone car parking is available at Woodside Ferry Terminal. For more information check out the Departure Info section on this web page.
Manchester Ship Canal Cruise Accessibility
Wheelchair access is possible on to the main deck of the vessel only. Please note that outdoor areas on the main deck are extremely limited. The only access to the top deck is via steps.
Toilet facilities for passengers with disabilities are available on the main deck.
There is no parking alongside the vessel at any departure point. At Woodside and Pier Head the distance from the nearest drop off point is approx 150m.
At Mersey Ferries, we have been progressively improving accessibility throughout our terminals and vessels. Our aim is to ensure that all our customers are catered for, and there are no barriers to traveling with us.
Facilities available at Mersey Ferries
On Our Vessels
Main decks are fully accessible, including wheelchair access.
Accessible toilet facilities are available on the main deck.
Colour contrasting steps and handrails.
At Our Terminals
All Mersey Ferries terminals are accessible for wheelchair users.
Please note that the link span bridge, which connects the ferry terminal to the landing stage, can be quite steep, especially at low tide (times for low tide).
Accessible toilets are available at all ferry terminals.
All Mersey Ferries information is available in alternative formats.
For further information about accessibility issues please telephone: 0151 330 1003