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

River Explorer Cruise

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 The Beatles performed four times on The Royal Iris at The Cavern Club’s famous Riverboat Shuffle Cruises in 1961 and 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.

The fun doesn’t stop there, you can also hop off the ferry at Woodside and visit Woodside Ferry Village for some delicious food and drink. 

We have two Mersey Ferries; 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.

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We strongly recommend that you book your tickets online before you visit. We have reduced our capacity to allow additional space. Your booking allows you to travel on any scheduled cruise on the date selected (subject to availability). Please arrive at the ferry terminal 15 minutes before departure and make sure you have your booking confirmation ready when you arrive.

Face Coverings

You must wear a face covering for your entire visit, at our terminals, on the linkspan and on the ferry, unless you are exempt or under the age of 11. 

Enhanced Cleaning

We’ve introduced enhanced cleaning measures and installed hand sanitiser stations on the ferry and at our terminals.

Social Distancing

Remember to keep a safe distance from others at our terminals, on the linkspan and on the ferry. To help you with this we’ve also introduced a one-way system at the terminals.

To help keep everyone safe, a few things will have changed since your last visit. We have been awarded the official UK ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark to show that we have followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines and have processes in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

For more information about the changes we have made to help keep our passengers and staff members safe check out our FAQs below.

 

 

Timetables

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  • Pier Head

    Liverpool

  • Woodside

    Birkenhead

Pricing

  • Adult

    16+

    £11.00

  • Child

    Ages 5-15

    £7.00

  • Infant

    Under 5

    Free

  • Concession

    Over 60s and NUS card holders

    £9.50

  • Family

    2 adults & up to 3 children

    £30.00

Cruise Route

Pier Head & Woodside Ferry Terminals