Liverpool, United Kingdom - British Isles & North West Europe Cruises

Liverpool was the former home of Cunard Line. The Cunard Building, the Royal Liver Building, and the Port of Liverpool Building – all on Pier Head – are often described as the city’s ‘Three Graces’. Liverpool is vibrant and modern with a taste of the 60s! Take a ferry across the Mersey for stunning harbour views. Or embark on a Magical Mystery Tour commemorating the city’s most famous sons.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Manchester On Your Own

    Explore and discover the bustling city of Manchester at your own leisure.

    Manchester On Your Own

    Situated just 1½ hours’ drive away from Liverpool is the city of Manchester, a major city that offers a wide array of things to see and do.

    Manchester is home to many museums, fine architectural buildings and art galleries and is also the perfect place to while away a few hours shopping. The Quays is a stunning waterfront development where both The Lowry and Imperial War Museum North are located. For a little retail therapy, head to the Arndale Shopping centre with over 80 retailers, or the Trafford Centre, a shopping and entertainment mecca with an impressive collection of shops, themed bars and restaurants.

    Whatever you choose to do, whether it’s sightseeing or shopping, this unguided tour gives you the freedom to choose what to do with your day out.

    This excursion will operate by coach. Guests are advised that this tour is unguided and exclusive of entrance fees. The journey time to Manchester is around 1½ hours each way depending on traffic. Maps will be provided. There is approximately four hours of free time. The level of walking is at guests’ discretion. Please take careful note of the departure time and pick up point for your return transfer to the ship.

    Tour code

    LIV_015

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Picturesque Port Sunlight

    Discover the fascinating history surrounding the unique and picturesque village of Port Sunlight.

    Picturesque Port Sunlight

    Port Sunlight is arguably the finest surviving example of early urban planning in the UK. The late 19th century village was built by philanthropist William Hesketh Lever (later Viscount Leverhulme) to house his soap factory workers at Lever Brothers, now trading as the global giant Unilever. Lever’s passion for art and architecture is evident throughout the village, which is now a conservation area.

    Enjoy a leisurely drive around this unique village which is set in 130 acres of beautifully maintained parkland. Approximately 900 houses have been built along with some larger ‘principal’ buildings and nearly every building is Grade II listed. Lever employed over 30 different architects in the building of the village and the result is an intoxicating mix of architectural styles enhanced by the parkland setting giving tranquil scenes of great beauty.

    After your orientation of the village, you’ll visit the Port Sunlight Museum, where you can discover the fascinating history of the village through exhibits and period displays. The Museum also houses a scale model of Port Sunlight.

    From the Museum, you’ll visit the dramatic building of the Lady Lever Art Gallery. The Gallery is filled with treasures from Lever’s remarkable collection of paintings and decorative arts, which have since gained international renown. As well as a stunning collection of paintings, there are also Chinese collections, tapestries, sculpture, furniture, Wedgwood and classical antiquities.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Your journey to Port Sunlight crosses the Mersey River by tunnel.

    Tour code

    LIV_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • In the Steps of the Beatles

    Experience the sights and sounds of The Beatles rise to fame on this interesting historical tour. A must for all Beatles fans.

    In the Steps of the Beatles

    The city of Liverpool was well known internationally long before The Beatles emerged from The Cavern in the swinging sixties, but the city is now a major attraction and mecca for countless numbers of fans and devotees of the ‘Fab Four’ and their music.

    See the birthplaces, former homes, schools and venues of The Beatles as you view the city from your coach. Listen to their music as you see the places they wrote about, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Your tour guide will recount the story of The Beatles as stops for photographs are made at places of interest.

    Enjoy The Beatles Story, a multimedia exhibit which chronicles the ‘Fab Four’ from their childhood to their final break-up. The story unfolds in 18 audiovisual sets allowing you to experience The Beatles time in Hamburg as well as the sights and sounds of The Cavern Club as it appeared in 1961. Each feature reflects a time or place during The Beatles phenomenal rise to super-stardom.

    Continue to Mathew Street, where you can enjoy a short walk to the site of The Cavern Club. Opened in 1957 as a jazz club, The Beatles made their first of nearly 300 performances here in February 1961. Their last performance was in August 1963, by which time they had become international stars.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Approximately one hour is spent at the Beatles Story and the venue is wheelchair accessible. There is 20 minutes leisurely walking along Mathew Street.

    Tour code

    LIV_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4¼ hours

  • Charming Chester

    Explore the cosmopolitan city of Chester, one of Europe's great heritage cities.

    Charming Chester

    Visiting Chester is like taking a magical journey back in time with so much of the past in the streets, in the buildings, and in the air. One of the most historic settings in Britain, this interesting little city now guards an awe-inspiring legacy - 2,000 years of British heritage.

    Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, with its pretty Victorian Eastgate Clock, the most photographed timepiece in the world after Big Ben, before visiting the majestic Chester Cathedral with its rich heritage. Afterwards there will be around 2½ hours of free time to explore Chester independently. If you choose to walk along part of the city’s walls, you will be rewarded with fine elevated views. Studded with historic towers and ancient gates in the form of imposing arches, the walls offer a bird’s eye view of the city centre on one side with magnificent views of the distant Welsh mountains on the other.

    Not to be missed, and a magnet to every visitor, are Chester’s unique half timbered galleried shops on two levels, the foundations of which are 13th century. There are many examples of the black and white architecture – the most in Britain - giving Chester its outstanding medieval look.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Luncheon has not been included to allow maximum flexibility; please carry local currency (Sterling). The visit to the Cathedral is optional. The journey to Chester is approximately 1¼ hours. Walking is at guests’ own discretion.

    Tour code

    LIV_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Leisurely Liverpool

    Experience the lively, cosmopolitan city of Liverpool with its rich architectural heritage from the comfort of your coach.

    Leisurely Liverpool

    As you travel through Liverpool you will see many interesting sights, including the Royal Liver Building, with its towers topped by statues of mythical Liver Birds from which it is said the city took its name. Continuing through the oldest part of the city, see the Town Hall and the Cavern Quarter, where The Beatles performed at The Cavern Club many times. Close by are the notable buildings; the Walker Art Gallery and St George’s Hall.

    A stop is made at the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King to admire its giant wig-wam style design. The building is undoubtedly the major modern architectural attraction of the city. This unusual Cathedral is topped by a spiked lantern tower containing 25,000 pieces of stained glass.

    Passing through Chinatown, see the 2nd of Liverpool’s great religious buildings - the Anglican Cathedral. Built in Gothic style from red sandstone, it is the largest cathedral in Britain.

    Stop for a photo at Penny Lane, made famous by The Beatles song of the same name, before returning to the city centre through more areas of parkland, along the reclaimed river frontage to the converted dockland areas of Albert Dock. Opened in 1846 as England’s gateway to the New World, Albert Dock is the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in Great Britain.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The majority of sights are seen from the coach. There are toilet facilities located in the Cathedral.

    Tour code

    LIV_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Anglican Cathedral Bell Ringing Experience

    An exclusive opportunity to visit the Anglican Cathedral for a bell ringing experience.

    Anglican Cathedral Bell Ringing Experience

    Just a short drive from the port is Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Britain and an architectural delight.

    Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a costumed guide portraying Sir Giles Gilbert, who designed the cathedral. Interestingly Sir Gilbert was also responsible for the design of the famous red telephone box. You’ll be shown around the stunning building and discover the high ceilings that you’ll be ascending towards. As you reach the cathedral tower a lift will take you up to the ringing chambers, where access has been exclusively arranged for you. Here, you’ll have the pleasure of meeting the cathedral bell ringers and enjoy a ‘ring the bells’ experience, that includes a 6 bell simulator.

    Afterwards you’ll head further up, this time through a narrow staircase to the floor where the bells themselves are located. Your guide will provide a fascinating insight into their construction and how they were transported to where they are today. Heading even further up is another set of steps that will take you to rooftop, the highest accessible point of the cathedral, which offers a spectacular view. As you descend towards ground level, you’ll see the beautiful Lady Chapel, the earliest part of the cathedral to be built.

    To round off your tour, enjoy a brief panoramic drive of Liverpool, before returning to the ship.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Places are limited and early booking is advised.This tour involves around two hours of walking and standing. There are around 159 steps, some of which are steep and narrow, to negotiate. This tour is only for those in good physical condition and pregnant women and children may not participate. Flat, non-slip shoes are essential.

    Tour code

    LIV_016

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • North Wales & Conwy Castle

    Absorb the beautiful scenery en route to Conwy and visit its medieval Castle before stopping in the quaint town of Betws-y-Coed.

    North Wales & Conwy Castle

    Discover the beauty of North Wales, with its heather clad hills and hidden river valleys. It is an area unspoilt by the ravages of time and abounding with legend and a rich cultural heritage.

    Dominating the entrance to the historic walled town of Conwy stands Edward I’s mighty fortress of Conwy Castle. The castle’s impressive eight great towers and connecting walls are all intact. Conwy retains a distinctly medieval atmosphere, and its superbly preserved walls, punctuated by 21 towers and three gateways, form one of the most complete ancient wall circuits in Europe. This makes Conwy a masterpiece of medieval architecture and one of the most picturesque areas in Wales.

    There is time to enjoy Conwy before travelling past pastures with grazing sheep alongside the placid meandering river on the way towards Llanrwst, a typically Welsh market town, boasting a famous old narrow humped bridge.

    The town of Betws-y-Coed, although only 50 feet above sea level, is entirely surrounded by hill country of an average altitude of 1,000 feet. Not only the River Conwy, but also three tributaries flowing from the west, enhances the beauty of the surrounding countryside, and it has a distinctly Alpine atmosphere. There will be two hours’ free time to enable you to explore the beautiful area, browse the shops for gifts and purchase a delicious luncheon at one of the local restaurants.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Luncheon is not included to allow maximum flexibility. Please remember to take local currency (Pounds Sterling).

    Tour code

    LIV_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8¾ hours

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