ABOUT THE Free Tour of Liverpool
Liverpool has played a key role not only in British history, but world history. As the main port of the biggest empire in history, it has affected the lives of millions upon millions of people the world over. From The Beatles and eccentric WWII submarine hunters, to Confederate captains and repentant slave traders, this 3-hour Liverpool Free Tour will introduce you to amazing characters and fascinating stories.
Your Liverpool Free Tour starts outside the Mersey Ferry building (Pier Head) by the Beatles statue on the waterfront. Discover the wealth of great buildings, and the legendarily friendly population, summed up in the famous nickname: ‘The world in one city’.
Discover Liverpool’s early successes
In the 17th century, Liverpool was the main trade gateway both to the Irish Sea and the West Indies. On this walking tour you will visit Albert Dock, the first dock to be built without any wood.
Liverpool became even wealthier than London in the 19th century and you will see evidence of this as you walk along Pier Head and marvel at the magnificent buildings that line it. Enjoy the waterfront, with its incredible collection of maritime and commercial architecture, enriched with exciting new developments and home to some of the most popular museums and galleries in the country.
Remember the tragedy of the Liverpool Blitz
By the end of the WWII, Liverpool was the most bombed city in the U.K., after London. On this tour, you'll see reminders of this turmoil as we pass some of the buildings that survived the bombing.
Explore Liverpool’s culture
Liverpool is well-known for being the home of the Beatles, and we will take you past some of the top spots made famous by the band, including the club that they often played at. For fans of the band, our Beatles to the Blitz tour delves deeper into their influence over the city and shows you some of the more hidden and subtle tributes to them.
Other than the Beatles, Liverpool is also well known for its architecture and culture. The Walker Art Gallery is home to one of the largest art collections in the world and the Town Hall is renowned as a well-preserved 18th-century building. Join us as we see some of the most interesting sites in Liverpool!
Gratuity-based Free Tour concept
The gratuity-based model of the Free Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.Read more
Your gratuity-based Free Tour of Liverpool starts outside the Mersey Ferry building (Pier Head) by the Beatles statue on the waterfront.
- See St. George's Hall, a World Heritage Site
- Walk along Albert Dock, the world’s first non-combustible warehouse system made of stone and cast iron
- Learn about the terrible bombing during the Liverpool Blitz
- Discover the Cavern Club that was made famous by The Beatles
- See the new Museum of Liverpool that was built in 2011
- Learn about how the American Civil War ended in Liverpool
- Spot all 26 statues at the Victoria Monument that sat on top of the lost Liverpool Castle
- Discover the origins of the ‘Scouse’ accent
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- Local English-speaking guide
- Gratuities for the guide (optional)
- Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
- Wheelchair accessible
Toured my home city
I decided to tour my home city after 46 years of living here I didn’t know the history of Liverpool. It was a bitter cold windy day and our guide Portia knew the best wind shielding tricks along the way. Myself being a thoroughbred scouser and my Man United boyfriend both enjoyed the banter from Portia and the tour of our great city. We started at St George’s Hall, went to the very impressive library, Liverpool one, Matthew Street, three graces, Blue coat and finished off at the Albert dock. I would highly recommend this free tour to anyone and will be returning to do the other tour around the Georgian quarter and cathedrals. Big thanks to Portia for a great day.See more reviews
Excellent free tour with history and laughs
Perfect free tour with a nice guide and a lovely town. He made our trip a great experience. It is a highly recommended tour to better get to know the town in a few hours.See more reviews
Free waking tour of Liverpool
Our guide Portia was fantastic! Very knowledgable and entertaining throughout the morning. Easy walking tour of about 2 and a half hours. Pointed out lots of places I'm sure we would have missed. Well worth booking this tour. Very well done Portia. Although it was a free tour everyone gave some gratuity for her service.See more reviews
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour with John, he was really knowledgeable with a good sprinkling of humour. The tour highlighted the very best of Liverpool's beautiful iconic buildings and we learnt a lot of interesting facts. This was our first visit to the city and won't be our last. A very worthwhile tour. Thanks.See more reviews
Liverpool free walking tour
Fantastic walking tour with Portia, who provided details about the city that you likely wouldn't discover on your own. For a free tour, we covered a lot of ground. Portia kept the information interesting and had a great sense of humor. Would definitely recommend this tour as an introduction to the city of Liverpool.See more reviews
We attended a tour with Jordan this Monday. We absolutely loved every minute of it! Very informative and entertaining. Definitely recommended for everyone. Thank you Jordan & SandemansSee more reviews
Amazing Free Tour with Funny and Knowledgeable Guide
This is an amazing walking tour that I would reccomend to anyone visiting Liverpool. My guide was Tony, who had a great personality and an even greater passion for his city, giving us insight on Liverpool's history, fun facts and things to do around the place.
I can't believe they do this just for tips!
What is a gratuity-based Free Tour?
The gratuity-based Free Tour is the best introduction to Liverpool! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the Free Tour usually lasts around 3 hours and is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, so tour content can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.
The gratuity-based Free Tour is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day. There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!
We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Liverpool's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.
Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?
- The route covers many of Liverpool's major landmarks
- The meeting point is centrally located outside St. George’s Hall
- The Free Tour is guaranteed to fit within your budget
- The guides performing tips-based Free Tours are incentivized to perform every time
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Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.