Royal Albert Dock and Liverpool Canal Link

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Planning your visit

Address: Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4AA View on Google map

Opening Times: The Riverside Walk is open every day but if you want to use the locks you'll need to check boating information

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: There are toilets in Royal Albert Dock among the shop rows.

Liverpool Explorers

The Royal Albert Dock, opened by Prince Albert in 1846, is the stunning centrepiece of a network of ten Liverpool docks that form the South Docks. 

Did you know that the docks have the greatest concentration of Grade I Listed architecture anywhere in the UK? It includes the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building, the Port of Liverpool Building and along the Liverpool Canal Link to the dock area.

So follow the Riverside Walk in front of the Three Graces and pass the city's historic waterfront of world famous museums, shops, restaurants and galleries. Or just stop and take in the incredible view across the Mersey.

Blue Flag status

In 2021 our marinas qualified for the world-renowned Blue Flag Award in recognition of the highest standards of environmental information and management, safety and services.

The International Blue Flag is a quality mark which means those visiting can be sure that the water is clean, safe and meets the highest environmental standards.

For the first time in England, the Royal Albert and Salthouse Dock marina are awarded this Blue Flag status.

Things to do and see

There are lots of things to do in and around the docks. Below are a few ideas and for details of events and attractions.

Places to eat:

Boat trips:


  • Liverpool Docks Trail

    Our Explorers pages have a number of free to download fun activities and local trails

Wildlife spotting:

As well as the occassional swans and ducks on the Liverpool canals and at the Royal Albert Dock, you're more likely to see the marine wildlife thriving under the water. Look out for mussels and conga eels

Getting here

By car - pay & display parking is available at the Royal Albert Dock and multi-storey car parks. Also by the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool

By train - while James Street Station is the nearest, the main line Liverpool Lime Street Station is a 20 minute walk through the vibrant city streets

By boat - if you’re arriving by boat, we have two marinas. There are some permanent moorings and boat services available but for full details on how to book passage through the docks and locks see our Liverpool Link Canal page

If you’re arriving by boat, we have two marinas (link to blue flag page again) and here is a map of the South Docks and the facilities we offer (attached).

Things to do

(above walking)

There are lots of things to do in and around the docks. Below are a few ideas and for details of events and attractions

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