Discover Liverpool’s status as a British port city at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Its three exhibition floors reveal the city’s nautical history, from its role in both World Wars to its darker past as a slaving port, as well as waterfront views of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Royal Albert Dock and its industrial architecture.
Ideal for history buffs, the museum’s artifacts—including objects from the Titanic, naval uniforms, and over 70 full-size vessels—provide insight into Britain’s imperial, commercial, and social history, with the International Slavery Museum and Border Force National Museum also on-site. Visitors based in London can take advantage of tours that offer single-day or multi-day excursions, which generally follow a comprehensive city sightseeing itinerary including the museum; some longer tours also visit Manchester.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Merseyside Maritime Museum is a must-do for history buffs, especially those interested in naval history, 19th- and 20th-century Britain, or transatlantic trade.
The family-friendly space offers baby-changing facilities, a breastfeeding-friendly environment, and a play area for under-8s on the first floor.
The museum is mostly wheelchair-accessible and autism-friendly. There is a Changing Places adapted toilet on the first floor.
Admission to the museum is free, though a small donation is encouraged.
How to Get There
The Merseyside Maritime Museum is situated on the Royal Albert Dock in central Liverpool. James Street Station is a 5-minute walk away, with direct service from Lime Street Station. Liverpool ONE Bus Station is across the road from the dock. Charged parking spaces are available in the Liverpool ONE complex.
When to Get There
The museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily except on Christmas and New Year’s bank holidays. It is a popular destination for school groups, so morning visits help beat the crowds. Quayside seasonal events, including summer festivals, can make the area very busy.
Dine Like a Queen (or King)
For sweeping views of the Mersey and beyond, as well as a portion of British fare, try the Maritime Dining Room, located on the building’s fourth floor. The restaurant offers afternoon tea and Sunday roasts, and the head chef has cooked for the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, who visited while on her Jubilee tour.