Welcome to the enchanting River of Light, a dazzling spectacle that illuminates Liverpool's waterfront. Join us for an unforgettable night of mesmerizing light displays. Enjoy magic on the Mersey River as it comes alive, creating an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe. Explore our FAQs to plan your visit – from event dates to parking and accessibility
What is the River of Light Trail?
River of Light is an outdoor illuminated gallery on Liverpool Waterfront, a 2KM loop, featuring light and sound from national and international artists which residents and visitors to the city can enjoy and experience.
Do I need a ticket?
No, the trail is completely self-guided and no booking or tickets are required.
How much is the River of Light Trail?
The trail is free for all to enjoy.
When will the River of Light Trail take place?
The River of Light trail will take place from 24 October - 3 November 2024.
Where will the River of Light Trail take place?
Across 2KM along in and around Liverpool Waterfront. Exact locations of each artwork can be found on the website and a map is available to view and download here.
How many artworks can I see?
It is still to be revealed how many artworks will form River of Light 2024. In 2023 there were 12 artworks.
Are the artworks different from last time?
Yes. Each year River of Light features different pieces. Some are from the same artists but no works are repeated.
What time will the River of Light Trail installations be lit from?
The artworks will be lit each night from and to a specified time and will not remain on through the night to conserve energy. The exact hours will be made public, closer to the event.
Is the trail 'on' all week?
The light installations will be switched on and off throughout the start and end time of the programme; they are switched on at 5.00pm and switched off at 9pm. 27 October- 5 November.
Are there are toilets at River of Light?
Toilets open for public use are available at Royal Albert Dock and Liverpool ONE and are open until 9PM.
Royal Albert Dock toilets can be found at L3 4AF.
Liverpool ONE toilets are located inside the Visitor Centre, Wall Street, L1 8JQ. Toilets cost 30p per visit and is payable via contactless.
Where can I find out about the different light artworks?
Further information on the artworks can be found at visitliverpool.com/riveroflight.
Will there be any fireworks?
There are no fireworks as part of the River of Light Trail.
How long is the trail?
The trail is a around 2km loop with no designated start or finish. It is recommended to download the map and plan your own trail.
Are there any age restrictions for any of the light installations?
No, it is designed to be family friendly and all inclusive. It is advised that small children are accompanied by an adult at all times.
Can I bring my dog?
As the trail and installations are outside in areas accessible by the public, dogs are allowed to walk the trail.
Are all the light installations accessible?
Yes, all artworks are in accessible locations. Some pieces may be located on cobbled terrain, where this is the case this will be noted. Accessibility information is provided for each artwork on their page.
I have light / sound / crowd issues that may act as triggers – is there anything I need to be aware of?
Every artwork will feature light and some feature sound.
Where flashing lights are part of the piece, this will be noted on our website and in the accessibility guide created for each piece.
River of Light is a popular event that will become busy at peak times.
There will also be a specified quiet time where artworks will be programmed differently, the dates and times of this will be made public closer to the time of the event.
Why is this happening now and who is it for?
The River of Light Trail is part of the Culture Liverpool Annual programme delivered across Liverpool. Culture Liverpool is the Liverpool City Council team responsible for the city’s arts and cultural programme and this celebratory light trail is designed to take elements of the popular River of Light event to provide hope and light to the residents.
Is there information available at the installations about the artwork? Is it accessible?
At each of the installations there will be a large interpretation board with details about the installation and a QR code that can be scanned and will take you through to the designated page on the River of Light Trail website for further details.
There will also be signage for the route map. This has been designed to discourage people from gathering in one place.
The boards are all accessible but the public is reminded to wait until the board is available before taking the information.
The information boards have surface safe anti-microbial laminates applied to graphics.
There will also be information available around accessibility in due course.
I'm travelling by car, where can I park?
Visitors can also save 10% on pre-booked parking with QPark by entering the code VISLIV10 to save 10%
What is the best way for me to travel to the River of Light trail?
River of Light is a popular event and we encourage the use of public transport to ensure a smooth journey.
The nearest Merseyrail stations to the River of Light trail are Moorfields (Wirral and Northern Line) and James Street (Wirral Line). For National Rail, Liverpool Lime St Station is approximately a 15 minute walk to Liverpool Waterfront. Or visitors can utilise the Merseyrail underground service to Travel to James Street or Moorfields by rail.
Plan your journey in advance and refer to the Merseytravel website for the most up to date travel information.
Will there be any road restrictions or closures due to the installations?
Canada Boulevard will be closed during event times.
Vehicles will not be able to make a right turn into the Royal Albert Dock via the right hand turn on The Strand Road between 6pm - 10pm each night.
Will there be quiet time for people who need a calmer environment?
Yes, dates and times for this are yet to be announced for the 2024 edition.
People can feel, see and experience the world differently; that is why the River of Light Quiet Hour is designed to support members of our community with hidden disabilities and neurodivergent people. The Quiet Hour is planned to create a calmer environment for visitors who find the hustle and bustle an uncomfortable experience. Whilst the lights can’t be turned off, sounds will be turned down or turned off dependant on the individual installation in order to create a gentler sensory experience.
Exact adaptations for the quiet hour is featured on the relevant artwork accessibility pages.
Will there be any accessible viewing options for the installations?
All of the light installations can be viewed from the ground and therefore there are no additional viewing platforms for any of the installations.
I have additional questions / concerns – who do I speak to?
If you have further questions regarding River of Light Trail that are not covered here, please contact the organisers on firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there any Blue Badge parking near to River of Light?
Blue Badge holders can park in designated Blue Badge bays, and any other pay and display bays, free of charge all day.
There are designated Blue Badge bays near to Liverpool Waterfront on Brunswick Street, Water Street and St Nicholas Place.