Tours & activities in Liverpool

Free Tour of Liverpool

The original gratuity-based FREE walking tour of Liverpool's most visited attractions 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 city walking tour will introduce you to amazing characters and fascinating stories.

 

Your walking tour of Liverpool's highlights starts daily outside St. George’s Hall and finishes by the Royal Albert Dock. 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, a UNESCO World Heritage site 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, the Town Hall is renowned as a well-preserved 18th-century building, and most of the inner city is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join us as we see some of the most interesting sites in Liverpool!

Gratuity-based FREE Tour concept

The gratuity-based model of the gratuity-based 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. 

TOUR SCHEDULES

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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 3 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Wheelchair accessible
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Your gratuity-based Free Tour of Liverpool starts outside St. George’s Hall by the Prince Albert Statue

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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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The original gratuity-based free tour of Liverpool, every day of the year

 

Rain or shine, all of our tours run as scheduled. Book your place online to guarantee your spot!

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.

The independent guides who employ us to market their tours conduct the gratuity-based FREE Tour on a tips-only basis, thereby guaranteeing that you receive a tour of the highest quality. 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?

  • Many major landmarks covered
  • Central meeting points
  • Guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • High quality guides, incentivized to perform every time!
  • Gratuity-based tours running every day

WALKING TOURS & ACTIVITIES IN LIVERPOOL

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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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Free Tour?

The FREE TOUR is the best introduction to the city! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the FREE TOUR is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, tour content and duration of the tour can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The 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!

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