Liverpool's historic docks awarded Blue Flag Marina Award

We've been awarded the international Blue Flag award for the Royal Albert Dock and Salthouse Dock marinas in Liverpool.

Wide shot of a large dock Salthouse Dock

We've received the award for the second year after our marinas in Liverpool received top marks for high standards of environmental information, management, safety, and boating services.

The water quality within the docks is of the highest standard and is home to an array of wildlife including thousands of blue mussels, hundreds of eels and, during the summer months, thousands of moon jellyfish.

We have benefited from our team of local volunteers who have assisted with keeping the docks well looked after and clear of litter.

Looking after our docks to the highest standard

Kate Gordon, our enterprise manager said: “We are delighted to be awarded this prestigious international Blue Flag award for the second year running and to be the first marina owners in England to receive it.

“As a charity we are very proud of our colleagues, volunteers and partners, who look after Liverpool’s South Docks to the very highest standard.

“Research has shown that being by water makes us feel happier and healthier, and this award really highlights how a waterspace can make a place come alive through water-based activities, daily exercise or spending time looking at the array of wildlife.  There’s no better place to escape and visit than the iconic docks.”

A premier global destination

Royal Albert Dock Estate Manager, Sean Morrison, comments, “For a heritage estate like Royal Albert Dock Liverpool’s waterways to be awarded the international Blue Flag award for the second year in a row is an honour and testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. Our partners at Canal & River Trust are to be commended for their achievement, and this award solidifies Royal Albert Dock’s position as a premier global destination.”

We will also be hosting a number of events over the summer including a wellbeing month throughout June, with a range of fun free activities taking place by and on the water and educational events to learn about this fascinating marine world.