disability cruising, Handicap, Traveling with disabilities

Disabled Cruisers Guide to Liverpool, England

Liverpool, England

The disabled cruiser visiting Liverpool will find that Liverpool is very wheelchair friendly, most of the sidewalks in the city center have dropped curbs (ramps at pedestrian crossings and at road junctions). A large area of the city center is also pedestrian only including the Liverpool One shopping center which has elevators to get to each level. Most of the main tourist attractions have lifts and access to the Mersey Ferry is by ramp.

All buses are now accessible by wheelchair as are the Merseyrail trains. The Merseyrail stations in the city center have elevators but not all the stations in the suburbs have wheelchair access.

Those wanting to learn about the city’s rich shipping history should visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum which is set over 5 floors in total but all totally wheelchair accessible with lifts to every floor and full ramp access make it easy to maneuver. Or you can visit the Beatles Story museum which is wheelchair friendly, but beware it can be quite cramped at times and difficult to navigate in a wheelchair.

Liverpool, England

Liverpool is a city in Merseyside, England in the United Kingdom. It is located on the west coast and is a major port city.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum reflects the city’s shipping history.

For Beatles fans, visit Mendips, the home where John Lennon lived during his youth from 1945 to 1963 or the childhood home of Paul McCartney, maintained by The National Trust and restored to its 1950s appearance for public viewing and tours.

The Beatles Story reveals the singers’ early lives in Liverpool and their rise to stardom. Located in the Britannia vaults of an Albert Dock warehouse, it features an audio tour narrated mostly by John Lennon’s sister Julia.

Visit Liverpool Cathedral, where the view from the tower is outstanding on a clear day. The cathedral sits on a high point in an attractive residential and park setting.

For art lovers, the Walker Gallery exhibits everything from Rembrandt, Rubens, Cezanne and Matisse to Monet, Rodin, Constable and Turner.

Football is one of the city’s greatest passions. Liverpool Football Club opens its Anfield Stadium to visitors during the day when no games are scheduled.

St George’s Hall on Lime Street is built in neo-classical style and contains concert halls and law courts.

Albert Dock is a scenic renovated area of Liverpool, home to the famous Tate Gallery.

Sefton Park is a public park featuring a three tier dome conservatory, a Grade II listed fountain, an artificial cave featuring a waterfall, a cafe and a pirate themed children’s play area.

Formby Point is a beautiful and vast stretch of sandy beach north of the city, with lovely forested walks through a red squirrel reserve.

Where You’re Docked

Cruise ships dock at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, 0.5km from the City Center.

Facilities here include tourist information, welcome center and toilets. Currency exchange, shops, cafes and ATM’s all within 5 minutes walk away. Telephones and taxis available outside terminal exit.

It is a 5 minute walk to James Street or Moorfields train stations which link to Lime Street station.


Liverpool One is a shopping, residential and leisure complex with over 200 shops and designer boutiques. Popular souvenirs include Beatles items (post cards, photos, magnets, mugs etc).

There are plenty of options for lunch, from fresh fish and international cuisine, to typical ‘pub’ lunches.

Points of Interest

  • Albert Dock – In 1846, the Albert Dock was a working dock. Today, it’s a World Heritage site that’s home to two hotels, shops, crafts and award-winning visitor attractions.The Disabled Cruiser will encounter moderate to rough cobblestone in some areas of the dock.
  • Beatles Story – The award-winning Beatles Story experience is a journey into the life, times and culture, including the Fab4D experience through the music of the Beatles and must-see, world-class special exhibitions. The Disabled Cruiser will discover a long set of steps down to the actual venue, but there are two sets of lifts for wheelchairs. All is wheelchair friendly, it can be quite cramped at times and difficult to navigate in a wheelchair.
  • Cathedrals – Liverpool is home to ancient cathedrals, including the Anglican Cathedral, the largest in the UK, and Christ the King, a Roman Catholic basilica. The Disabled Cruiser visiting the Liverpool Cathedral will encounter an uphill walk with a wheelchair from the town. The main entrance has a large amount of steps , but a sign for disabled access directs you around the side of the building. However, access to the lift area was through a darkened corridor and the lift appeared old and daunting and some people feel uncomfortable using it. The Christ the King basilica has a large staircase that will lead you into this modern, but beautiful church. Disabled access is around the corner by the car park, there is a much gentler slope up through the garden which is wheelchair friendly.
  • Lake District – A cruise along Windermere Lake, England’s longest lake, promises magnificent views of the town of Bowness, “the heart of the Lake District,” mountain scenery, secluded bays and wooded islands.
  • Chester & Cathedral – Chester is considered one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, and one of the best-preserved, with some parts of the city walls dating back over 2,000 years.
  • Steam Railways – The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was the world’s first scheduled and ticketed inter-city railway in which all the trains were hauled solely by steam locomotives. Today, several steam locomotives travel along Liverpool railways.
  • Conwy Castle – Edward I began construction of Conwy Castle in 1283 as part of his campaign to secure Wales for the English crown. For the Disabled Cruiser it is about a 3 minute walk from the car park up an incline. Disabled ramps are available, however, once you’re in the castle there isn’t a lot of access for wheelchairs because of rough terrain and numerous steps. You won’t have much access to the higher grounds and may find it a struggle on the lower sections as well.
  • Port Sunlight – Port Sunlight is a model village in Merseyside, created by William Hesketh Lever for his Sunlight soap factory workers in 1888. Port Sunlight Museum lies at the heart of this garden village.

Liverpool Accessible Excursions

This charming, historic town was a key trade and migration port from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, and has since been more famously known as the hometown of the iconic The Beatles. Accessible Liverpool tours are fully wheelchair friendly with step-free and curb free routes.

Accessible Highlights of Liverpool Guided Tour

The Highlights of Liverpool Guided Tour includes a vehicle with a wheelchair ramp and is completely step-free. You will be required to do some walking/rolling (approx. 1 mile). To avoid long distances and cobblestones, you will transfer between sites using accessible transportation. Your accessible transportation on this accessible Liverpool full day tour will be in a clean, modern accessible black taxi. The car has a built-in wheelchair ramp. Manual wheelchair users and electric wheelchair users can roll into the car.

Tour Highlights

Canada Boulevard
World Heritage Liverpool
Three Graces
Waterfront statues of the Beatles, Ronald Ross and Johnnie Walker
Albert Dock
Beatles childhood homes

For Liverpool Accessible Excursions please click here.



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