*TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED* Manchester Ship Canal Cruises

Cruises depart from Pier Head in Liverpool
Seacombe in Wirral and Salford Quays in Manchester

Tel: +44 (0)151 330 1003

*TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED* Manchester Ship Canal Cruises

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Cruise Gift Vouchers£45.00 per ticket
Cruise Tickets£45.00 per ticket

Cruise gift vouchers available for £45 (exchangeable for any available sailing) - Treat someone you know by giving a gift with a difference!


Due to the Coronavirus outbreak the Manchester Ship Canal Cruises have been cancelled for the 2020 season. There will be no cruises running between April and October 2020. Please see the website for more information. 

An amazing cruise into history. 

Relax and enjoy a fascinating 6 hour, 35 mile journey along this famous inland waterway with the legendary Mersey Ferries. From April to October, the cruises take in spectacular scenery leaving you with an awe-inspiring sense of how the canal's construction shaped forever the city of Manchester and the North West of England.

Go on a journey through time, passing through locks and under bridges, mostly unchanged since they were built over 100 years ago. View the succession of swing bridges, a graceful sight as they turn through 90 degrees to allow ships to pass.

Marvel at the historic buildings, industry, fields, houses and the wide open space of the Mersey estuary as you cruise along, all surrounded by nature's beauty and tranquillity.

A fascinating live commentary tells the story of the canal and how it was built, primarily to help Manchester's ailing cotton trade. However, in reality, it did more to boost engineering and became a focus for importers of food and raw materials.

Our refurbished vessels provide excellent facilities, with drinks, refreshments and snacks available for sale throughout the cruise.

Cruises depart on selected dates from both Seacombe, Wirral and Pier Head, Liverpool, or from Salford Quays, Manchester. All cruises include return coach transport to your starting point, unless as a group you wish to book your own transport.

Most cruises to Liverpool also include a short stopover at the end of the cruise (canal traffic permitting) giving you time to take in the brilliant sights of Liverpool, and maybe have a bite to eat or do some shopping at Liverpool ONE. The Albert Dock with its historic buildings and waterfront attractions, such as Tate Liverpool, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and The Beatles Story, is also close by for you to enjoy. 

See specific sailing dates by downloading our timetable here, visit our website www.merseyferries.co.uk or call the information/booking line on 0151 330 1003.

Ticket Type - Ticket Tariff

Cruise tickets (including coach transfer) £45 per person
Cruise gift voucher £45 (exchangeable for any available sailing)- Treat someone you know by giving a gift with a difference 

Discounts are available for groups of more than 20 people. For more information email groups@merseyferries.co.uk or call 0151 330 1420

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Pier Head Ferry Terminal is located next to the Albert Dock. Car parking is available at Q-Park, Liverpool One, L1 8LT (charges apply). Seacombe Ferry Terminal, Wirral is located a few minutes drive from Junction 1 off the M53 motorway. Seacombe offers free parking for over 200 cars. You can access the M53 via the M56 motorway if approaching from the East, or by the Wallasey Tunnel is approaching from Liverpool.

Public Transport Directions

James Street Station is the nearest Merseyrail station (5 min walk) to Pier Head Ferry Terminal and Lime Street Station is the nearest Main Line station which connects with Merseyrail loop line for James Street Station.



  • Regional AwardsLiverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2016 - Winner Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2016 - Winner 2016

Opening Times

Cruises Run (9 May 2019 - 5 October 2019)
Cruises Depart (23 April 2020 - 7 October 2020)

* For further information please visit the website at www.merseyferries.co.uk or call 0151 330 1003 for more information on dates and departure time.

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