Liverpool’s “Lost Dock” & South Liverpool Dock Cruise
Available Monday, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Learn how Liverpool grew to be one of the most important ports in the British Empire
This popular half day group or private walking tour includes a guided tour of the Old Dock deep underground the new development of the new John Lewis Department Store. Your tour also inludes a superb cruise in the historical Docks.
All our tours are with local and most important fun tour guides who will transform your day.
Learn why Liverpool was the most important Port in the British Empire & why it went in to such a decline.
Liverpool was in 1715 the very first port in the world to have an enclosed commercial wet dock constructed by Thomas Steers. This had effectively closed of the natural inlet to the pool and enabled ships to be loaded and unloaded quickly despite the extremely high tidal range of around 26 foot which had previously taken several days. The benefits of this to Liverpool were immediate and by 1750 Liverpool had overtaken London and Bristol to become the largest Slaving Port with the Merchants gaining considerable wealth. The evidence of this are the Georgian Houses built on Hope Street.
Albert Docks and the Maritime & International Slavery Museum
Your fully guided day out starts at the Maritime `Museum where there are exhibits of the White Star line shipping company and their ill-fated liner Titanic and you can also visit the International Slavery Museum.
Old Dock Tour
You will then have a short guided walk through the Albert Docks to Liverpool One to visit the Old Dock which featured in the Channel 4 television programme on a “Time Team Special”. This is a brilliantly entertaining tour delivered by two hilarious but extremely knowledgeable guides that we like to compare the the famous “Hairy Bikers on British television”.
You’ll then enjoy a guided walk of the Liverpool Waterfront including a visit to the Edwardian Baroque Port of Liverpool Building which was constructed on the site of the George’s Dock which eventually became too small for modern steamships and was filled in during 1900. You’ll then continue to the Albert Dock to join your South Dock Cruise.
South Dock Cruise aboard the Skylark.
The guided cruise will bring to life the story of the South Docks which were an essential part of Liverpool’s growth particularly with the trading of Cheshire salt. The tour has unrivalled views of the docks and Liverpool from the water and you’ll see underneath the cast iron bridges reconstructed when the Albert Docks were reopened to tourists in 1986 following an initiative by the Merseyside Development Corporation. You can wave at tourists on other houseboats and you’ll see people canoeing and sailing from the Watersports Centre as well as the yachts and many other vessels moored in Liverpool Marina.
The tour will finish at the fabulous Albert Docks where there are lots of shops and restaurants for you to buy your own lunch and souvenirs and where you can spend the rest of your day at leisure
All guests will be given a free map of Liverpool City Centre
Suggested timings - Half Day tour (these can be amended to suit your arrival time)
- 10.00am - Start – Visit Liverpool Maritime Museum
- 10.30 – Old Dock Tour *
- 11.30 - Guided Walk of Waterfront and Albert Dock
- 12.30 – Cruise aboard Skylark or Floating Grace (optional meals available).
- 13:30 – Finish - Albert Docks – Liverpool L3 4AE
Price - from £23 per person
This is a walking tour for groups arriving in their own coach or who are already in the city. We can provide transport for groups at an additional charge.
Half day Tour Guiding, Old Dock Tour and Waterfront Walk. South dock cruise.
* We can offer this tour as an afternoon tour and for larger groups we can split the tour with Old Dock Tours at 10.30 and 11.30am.
It is possible to extend this tour and to book extras for a example a Radio City Tower tour or even a group lunch as an extra at checkout.
We can tailor this and any of our tours to suit the interests of your group. Tours can also be combined to create an exciting and bespoke holiday using a quality hotel in Liverpool City Centre with excursions out to explore a wider part of North West England and North Wales.