Old Dock Experience

Starting from Merseyside
Maritime Museum
Albert Dock
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 4AQ

Tel: +44 (0)151 478 4296

A wall recovered as part of the Old Dock.

Guide Prices

Discounted tickets are available for groups.

About

The Old Dock tours are back! Discover the origin of Liverpool's fortune, buried underneath Liverpool ONE. Revealed during excavations on the site in 2001, the story of the world's first commercial enclosed wet dock is explored on this guided tour. You will discover how a brave idea and an innovative feat of engineering shaped Liverpool's destiny forever.

Liverpool’s revolutionary Old Dock - the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock. The internationally-important Old Dock has been carefully preserved under the new Liverpool ONE. For the first time in centuries the bed of the Pool - the creek that gave Liverpool its name - can be seen.

Tours are available on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10.30am, 12 and 2.30pm. Each tour lasts up to an hour.

Guided tours, organised by National Museums Liverpool, start by the large anchor outside the Merseyside Maritime Museum and visitors walk to the nearby Old Dock.

Guided tours, organised by National Museums Liverpool, start by the large anchor outside the Merseyside Maritime Museum and visitors walk to the nearby Old Dock.

On the tour visitors are taken back in time as they see a large portion of the Old Dock rising more than 20 feet from the bed of the Pool - the creek that gave Liverpool its name. A modern bridge and walkways give grandstand views. 
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Image © National Museums Liverpool

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Maritime Museum is located at the Albert Dock on Liverpool's famous waterfront, adjacent to the Pier Head. Please note that the riverside walkway between Pier Head and the Albert Dock will be closed while construction takes place in the area.

Public Transport Directions

Located in the Albert Dock complex, the nearest train station is at James Street.

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    • DJM1502
      Wirral, United Kingdom
      Fantastic. The worlds first wet dock and the origin of all trade that developed in the port of Liverpool
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 16th September 2021
      What a surprise. This is brilliant. The original wet dock and the first in the world. from the early 1700's. The developers of Liverpool One had the foresight to preserve a long buried, now... Read full review
    • P9533ZGjamesk
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
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      Couples
      A not-to-be missed ‘hidden gem’ of Liverpool
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 17th September 2021
      This was an hour long tour of the ancient (1715 through to the 19th century) wet Dock which really can be thought of as founding the modern city of Liverpool. We had a brilliant guide (Danny) who... Read full review
    • 843doreenr
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      Couples
      Superb tour bringing history to life
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 17th September 2021
      An excellent tour! Our guide Danny, gave a very clear and passionate and entertaining explanation of the immense significance this Dock had on the development of our great city. Highly recommended... Read full review

    Opening Times

    Open (1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021)
    DayTimes
    Wednesday10:3014:30
    Friday10:3014:30

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