THE Mersey Tunnel tours is celebrating after being recognised by national tourism VisitEngland as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction for the 15th year in a row.
The popular tour, consistently one of TripAdvisor’s top three most popular tours in Liverpool, attracts visitors from across the country and around the world.
Guided by knowledgeable and friendly staff, the tour gives visitors a sneak peek into the inner workings of the Mersey Tunnels.
Highlights include the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnels’ original 1930s control room, a visit to the refuges in the Queensway Tunnel and the giant fans which provide airflow to the tunnels, more than eight metres in diameter.
It has also confirmed that the Mersey Tunnel Tours are to be nominated for the prestigious ‘Best Told Story’ award, an accolade the attraction received previously in 2018 and 2021.
In their assessment of the attraction VisitEngland gave the tour a quality score of 86%, praising the “high stand of content and range of the tour” and the “links to the local area and the tunnels heritage”.
The Mersey Tunnel tour began operating in 2006 with just one tour a week but interest and demand soon grew until there was a waiting list of six months. Now more than five thousand people take the Mersey Tunnel Tour each year, with tours operating three evenings per week and twice on Saturday. It is also possible to arrange further weekday tours by appointment.
In the last few years, visitors have also been able to enjoy a tour around the exterior of the Grade II listed art deco Georges Dock building with the publication of a new Walking Tour booklet.
Up to 27 million vehicles each year cross under the River Mersey via the two Mersey road tunnels. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority continues to invest in both tunnels to maximise availability and allow 24-hour cross river road travel, 365 days a year.