The Douglas Liverpool Birkenhead ferry route connects Isle of Man with England. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Steam Packet. The crossing operates up to 2 times each week with sailing durations from around 4 hours 15 minutes.
Douglas Liverpool Birkenhead sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.
Douglas on the Isle of Man is a town and the island's capital. It is located at the mouth of the River Douglas which forms part of the town's harbour and commercial port. Situated on a bay that is roughly 2 miles long, Douglas is the main commercial hub on the island for business, finance, legal services, transport, shopping, entertainment and shipping.
There are many things to see and do in Douglas including the Tower Refuge which is a small castle like shelter built on Conister Rock in Douglas Bay as a sanctuary for shipwrecked sailors. Visitors also enjoy taking a ride on a horse drawn tram which operates along the promenade from the Sea Terminal to the Manx Electric Railway. There are also steam trains that run for 15 miles from Douglas railway station to Port Erin in the south of the island. Finally, for petrol heads, the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race, which is held annually, starts and ends in Douglas.
Douglas Port is the primary and only ferry port on the Isle of Man, with services connecting the island with the British Isles and the Irish mainland. The ferry terminal is situated on the waterfront, on Central Promenade, right in the heart of the city.
The town of Birkenhead is located on the Wirral Peninsular, on the west bank of the River Mersey estuary, in the north west of England and is opposite the city of Liverpool. The sea has played an important part in the town's history through its port and its tradition in shipbuilding. The town's design, which was influenced by William Laird and his son John, is similar to that of Edinburgh New Town's with sections of Birkenhead laid out in a grid pattern. The grid was centred around Hamilton Square and was started in 1826 and has the most Grade I listed buildings surrounding it than any other square in England after Trafalgar Square in London. Interesting attractions in the town include the Grade I listed Town Hall, the Queensway Tunnel Main Entrance and the Woodside Ferry Terminal. Scenes from the movie Chariots of Fire were filmed at Woodside and were meant to be a representation of Dover in the 1920's.
Ferry services operating from the port depart to Dublin in Ireland, Belfast in Northern Ireland and across the Mersey Estuary to Liverpool.