Tours & activities in Liverpool

Free Tour of Liverpool

Book the original Liverpool free walking tour and visit many of the city's highlights with a local guide

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 gratuity-based Free Tour of Liverpool starts by the Prince Albert Statue on St George’s Plateau, opposite Lime Street station’s main exit.. Discover the wealth of great buildings, and the legendarily friendly population, summed up in the famous nickname: ‘The world in one city’. We never cancel; tours run rain, hail or shine.


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. 

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Your gratuity-based Free Tour of Liverpool starts by the Prince Albert Statue on St George’s Plateau, opposite Lime Street station’s main exit.

  • 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



This tour doesn‘t run today

Next departure in English : Friday 26th Jan 202411:00 AM
Next departure in Spanish : Friday 26th Jan 20243:00 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • 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
liverpool free tour meeting point at st georges hall
Your gratuity-based Free Tour of Liverpool starts by the Prince Albert Statue on St George’s Plateau, opposite Lime Street station’s main exit.
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Royal Albert Dock
The Cavern Club Liverpool
The Cavern Club
Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool
Queen Victoria Monument Liverpool
Queen Victoria Monument
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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.

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