Ferry Cross the Mersey, Liverpool

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    Take the Ferry

    by Balam Updated Nov 21, 2011

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    Wether you decide to take a River Explorer Cruise or just a direct service the Mersey Ferry is a must do thing if your in Liverpool, Wallasy or Birkenhead.

    We only went on the Direct Service which goes from The Pier Head in Liverpool to wallasy then Birkenhead and straight back to the Pier Head taking only 20 minutes. It was a little chilly out on the deck but the views were great and it was nice to see Liverpool getting further away if only for a short time!

    Earlier in the day there are longer journeys for tourists which visit the same terminals but takes longer with a 30 minute journey from Birkenhead back to the Pier head. There is also a comentary telling you about Liverpool and about the river.

    Visit the website for the full details of these and other great trips like a 6 hour cruise up the Manchester ship canal to Salford Quays!

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    Ferry Ferry Good!!

    by Myfanwe Updated Nov 20, 2011

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    I've always wanted to go on a Ferry Across the Mersey - it was probably the Gerry and the Pacemakers song which was ingrained in my memory from all those years ago that did it! Rather by luck than judgement, Gareth & I boarded the Ferry, just as the sun was going down over Birkenhead giving some great photo opportunities. Our Ferry was called the Royal Daffodil which I thought was rather apt what with me being from Wales! It was a little cold being the beginning of November but we braved it and sat outside at the front of the Ferry to get some great views of the Three Graces, Albert dock and not to mention some fabulous views of the sunset with the occasional sea-bird flying past in the distance. It was a perfect most memorable experience.

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    Mersey Ferry

    by tim07 Updated Jan 3, 2010

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    Every time I visit Liverpool I just have to go on the Mersey Ferry. I go on the River Explorer Cruise. This departs hourly from the Pier Head, crossing the Mersey and stopping at Seacombe & Woodside on the Wirral. With a return ticket you can start your journey at any of the three terminals, you can then break your journey along the way and rejoin the ferry later in the day. I stay on the ferry for the duration and the round trip takes 50 minutes. From the water you get spectacular views of Wallasey, Birkenhead and Liverpool. The Liverpool skyline with The Three Graces looks particulary impressive from the river. Obviously on the ferry you get to hear that song played as well.

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    A trip on the river on the YELLOW DUCK MARINE

    by mmilazzo Written Aug 9, 2009

    DUCK MARINE (DM) is a water-bus. You can have a tour of the city center. During the trip a splash down into the water and you can enjoy the site of the City from the river Marsey. The Captain and the Guide are very funny people!!

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    Birkinhead to Liverpool on the frerry

    by MacedonianUK Written Mar 24, 2009

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    Ferry crossing on this site exist from the early X centuary when Franciscans monks settled in Birkinhead area, and started ferring people across the Mersey.
    In th early 1600s King Charles I, gave the monks Royal Charter, in wich is stated that they are the only ones who can do the ferring of people and & lifestock and be paid for that.
    In the time of King Henry the VIII (1500s), he fall out with the Franciscan monks, and the Charted was desolved, after that the ferry buisnes went to the higher bidder. And it has been ever since.
    it is great adventure for young & old.
    Return ferry crossing ticket is 3.50 GBP
    Ferry leaves every hour on the hour.
    The ferry name is Snowdrop!

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    The Mersey Ferry

    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 8, 2009

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    There is just one boat operating across the Mersey at anyone time these days although there is a second boat that operates cruises on the Manchester Ship Canal. The ferry offers the best way to see the Liverpool skyline - I never get bored with this trip and have done it several times.
    Take a train from any of the four city centre stations on the Wirral Line and get off at Hamilton Square ( the train goes under the river) and then it is a short five minute walk to the Woodside terminal where you get the ferry back to Liverpool. If you buy a day ticket at £4.30 this will be cheaper than a train ticket and then a ferry ticket.
    The boat has refreshments on sale and there are souveniers too. The boat does not just cross the river but sails along the Wirral bank to Rock Ferry before crossing the river and sailing along the Liverpool bank to the Pierhead.
    Work is going on at both river terminals ( Feb/March 09) that we saw but we did not go to the Seacombe terminal in Wallesey where there is a Spaceport and play centre for younger visitors.
    I think the boat is fairly disabled friendly but pushing someone in a wheelchair up the ramp at Woodside could be difficult.

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    Ferry Across The Mersey

    by darkjedi Updated Apr 29, 2008
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    The River Mersey has an incredibly rich and varied history and the ferry service itself is more than 850 years old. The River Explorer Cruise takes you on a ferry that not only crosses the Mersey, but also explores many of its most interesting facets, which are all described in a fascinating commentary (yes they do play the song). Taking you north on the river up towards New Brighton, before turning around and heading for the opposite piers the journey takes about 50 minutes.

    River Explorer Cruises operate hourly from Pier Head, Liverpool, Seacombe and Woodside on the Wirral. You can start your journey at any of our three terminals and a return ticket allows you to break your journey at any terminal and rejoin the cruise later in the day.

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    "Ferry cross the Mersey"

    by keen88 Written Feb 25, 2006

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    Definitely worth a trip on the ferry across the river. Relatively inexpensive to do and you get a great view of Liverpool's waterfront.

    If it's a dry day, go on the top deck to get the best views. If you don't want to get off, just stay on until it returns to the Pier Head terminal.

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    FERRY ACROSS THE MERSEY...

    by jhorsfield30 Written Sep 15, 2005

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    A great childhood experience was of my father taking me on the mersey ferry from wallasey to liverpool and back on my first visit to liverpool. What an experience..

    There's no better way to experience Liverpool and Merseyside than from the deck of the Mersey Ferry. Take the Ferry Across the Mersey Experience to learn about the city region's fascinating history, see its spectacular sights and discover its unique character. River Explorer Cruises run daily throughout the year and include a fascinating commentary on the 850 year history of the ferry service. The journey can be broken at Seacombe (Aquarium and Children's play area) or Woodside (Waterfront Cafe) which are both on the Wirral side of the river.

    Other cruises include regular day long Manchester Ship Canal Cruises to Salford Quays from May through until October (return bus transfer to Liverpool included) as well as evening dance cruises.

    Admission Charges
    Adult- £4.65
    Child- £2.60
    Concession- £3.40
    Groups- £11.99
    Manchester Ship Canal Cruise £29.00
    Evening Dance Cruises from £12 to £15 per person

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    Mercy Ferry

    by Sambawalk Written Jul 31, 2005

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    A round trip of the ferry ride around the mercy river cost GBP2.4. The whole journey takes about 30 mins and you can get a great view of Albert Dock, the Cathedral Church of Christ on the hill and some historical buildings along the river. A must during your visit to Liverpool.

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  • FERRY 'CROSS THE MERSEY

    by sabsi Updated Jan 12, 2005

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    Mersey Ferry

    When I knew I was going to Liverpool I was especially looking forward to taking a legendary "Ferry cross the Mersey" (as known from the Gerry and the Pacemakers song from the early 1960s!)

    The first time I was in Liverpool there wasn't time enough to go on the ferry but this time we finally had the chance to take it. It was a stormy day which made the trip even a bigger experience ;-)

    The round trip takes 50 minutes and costs £4.65. It connects Liverpool with Birkenhead and leaves at every full hour. There are 4 different stops along the river. There's commentary and the obligatory "Ferry cross the Mersey" tune all the time.

    GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS
    "Ferry 'Cross The Mersey"

    Life goes on day after day
    Hearts torn in every way

    So ferry 'cross the Mersey
    'cause this land's the place I love
    and here I'll stay

    People they rush everywhere
    Each with their own secret care

    So ferry 'cross the Mersey
    and always take me there
    The place I love

    People around every corner
    They seem to smile and say
    We don't care what your name is boy
    We'll never turn you away

    So I'll continue to say
    Here I always will stay

    So ferry 'cross the Mersey
    'cause this land's the place I love
    and here I'll stay
    and here I'll stay
    Here I'll stay

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    A fairy crossing the Mersey

    by Bigs Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Ferry cross the Mersey

    Well, even it was quite a rough ride over to the other side of the Mersey. A ferry ride across the Mersey is a must for all visitors. Sure you all know the famous song. And it's played on the ferry as well :)

    Sabs and I had a good laugh with all the other "drunken" passengers.

    The ferry starts in front of the Liver Buildings. A round trip costs 4,65 Pounds and lasts about an hour.

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    Great hangover cure!

    by StuartSage Written Sep 14, 2004

    If you do nothing else on your trip to the future Capital of Culture, then take a ride on the ferry!

    On a blustery day it will clear the cobwebs from your mind and you get fantastic views of Liverpool's World Heritage Site waterfront buildings. And if you are not a fan of Gerry & the Pacemakers, take some earplugs as the song "Ferry 'Cross the Mersey" tends to grate by the 10th time you hear it!!!

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    Busier that the Staten Island ferry

    by sourbugger Updated Jul 26, 2004

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    I'm not going to sing..promise

    As a commuter service, the Mersey ferry between Liverpool and Birkenhead was at one point the busiest in the world.

    It went into decline with the building of the rail and two road tunnels under the river. Thankfully a bridge was never built so the full sweep of the Quayside can be seen - a vista that will soon be acknowledged as a UNESCO world heritage site.

    The River explorer fare of Two pounds 40 pence is reasonable as you do get a taped commentary talking about the Liverpool riverside, Birkenhead and New Brighton along with a compulsory short burst of the "Ferry 'cross the Mersey" song.
    The circuit takes about 50 minutes, although you can break your journey in a couple of places.

    It is however only half that price for a short 10-minute hop across in the week on the regular commuter ferry.

    The pierhead complex on the Birkenhead town side is certainly worth a stop with several artefacts, and a whole tram to look at, along with an impressive cafe. Just outside the building an historic tram travels about a mile up to the museum.

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    Look, is that a ferry cross the Mersey?

    by londonlover Written Jun 26, 2004

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    'cause this land's the place I love...

    No, it's actually a merchant ship, but for such a cool photo op, it's nearly as good.

    The Mersey ferry system runs very regularly for the commuters between the Wirral Peninsula and Liverpool. I didn't have time to take a ride, but they also run tourist cruises that are slower and more informative.

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