Tour Locations | Liverpool History and Culture: From the Past to the Present
You can see the Royal Mersey Ferry Terminal on your right. Walk towards the back of the building where you will turn left. As you approach the river, you may be able to see the dazzling, iconic multi-coloured Mersey ferry boat in dock or sailing on the river.
Ferries have sailed on and across the Mersey for over 800 years. Beginning in 1150, Benedictine Monks ran the first ferry service from Birkenhead on the Wirral peninsula to Liverpool.
From the late nineteenth century to the late 20th century there were three separate ferries carrying thousands of passengers a day to four Wirral terminals.
The ferry boats also took part in offensive raids during the first World War In 1918, in recognition of their participation, King George 5th granted permission to add the prefix royal to their names. The ferry service is now owned and operated by Merseytravel, operators of the local train service too.
Mersey Ferries offers a fantastic range of cruises all year round, including a 50-minute River Explorer sightseeing cruise, departing daily on the hour calling at Seacombe and Woodside on the opposite side. You can alight there and return at a time of your choosing. Taking the cruise offers a fantastic way to see the World Heritage Waterfront and Liverpool’s skyline from the deck of the ferry.
Walk towards the end of the terminal and turn left. when you do so you will see the larger than life Beatles Statue in front of you.