HMS Prince of Wales

Tickets to hop on board have now sold out. 

Departure times of HMS Prince of Wales on Friday 6 March are outlined below. Please be aware that these are subject to change. 

  • 3.45pm - departs from Liverpool Cruise Terminal

For those wishing to wave in and out HMS Prince of Wales, Wirral Waterfront offers fantastic views across the Mersey with Liverpool’s iconic Three Graces in the background of this marvellous ship.

Please take the time to read over our FAQs for attendees wishing to view from Wirral. You can find them by clicking here.

Wirral promenade from New Brighton’s Fort Perch Rock, along to Woodside Ferry Terminal is the prime spot for viewing. If you need information or advice from members of the event team, you can find this at: Floral Pavilion, Vale Park Café, Wallasey Town Hall, Seacombe Ferry Terminal and Woodside Ferry Village. This will be available on the day that the ship is due in (28 February) and the day it departs (6 March).

These information points will be operational during the below times:

  • Friday 28 Feb:  10.30am – 2.30pm
  • Friday 6 March:  2pm - 6pm

Attendees are requested to be mindful of residents and businesses along the waterfront when heading to see this magnificent moment and to respect other people’s property and access routes.

Due to parking restrictions, visitors are strongly encouraged to get there by train. New Brighton station is a 10 minute walk from Floral Pavilion whilst Hamilton Sq is a 5 minute walk from Woodside Ferry Terminal.


Merseyferries Viewing Cruise

Join Mersey Ferries on a special River Explorer Cruise to celebrate the arrival of the magnificent Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Prince of Wales, for its inaugural visit (from 28 February).

The special River Explorer Cruises on Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March will include a Blue Badge Guide, who will provide live expert commentary about the unique history of the River Mersey and the HMS Prince of Wales.

A special 2 hour HMS Prince of Wales viewing cruise will also be taking place on Sunday 1 March to celebrate the arrival of the warship. This cruise will also feature a Blue Badge Guide, along with live music from talented local artists.

For more information on the programme of cruises for 2020, or to make individual bookings, call the ticket office on 0151 330 1003, visit any Mersey Ferries terminal or visit the Mersey Ferries website.


Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales will visit Liverpool later this month – and people can visit the ship by obtaining free tickets online from today.

The second of the UK’s giant new aircraft carriers will arrive in the city on 28 February for a week-long visit packed with celebrations and engagement with the local community supported by Liverpool City Council.

Commander Gareth Mawdsley, 41 from Liverpool, is the Commander of Logistics on board HMS Prince of Wales. He said: “Having grown up in Liverpool it is always special to be able to sail back along the Mersey, and I have been lucky enough to do so in several ships before.

“But being able to bring the largest ship in the Royal Navy fleet into my home port is fantastic. The city is always welcoming to visitors, and mariners in particular, so I am delighted we have the opportunity to return the hospitality by welcoming people on board during our stay.

“This aircraft carrier, like her sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, is vital to the work we do in the Royal Navy to help keep Britain safe. I would encourage everyone to come and take a look at us while we are here.”

Liverpool’s Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Following last week’s announcement, there has been a real buzz around the arrival of HMS Prince of Wales.

“For many, it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to board a warship of this scale, and it makes it even more special that it is affiliated with Liverpool. We expect tickets to be snapped up, so advise people to get theirs as soon as possible.”

Anyone who wishes to visit the ship ought to be physically fit and able to manoeuvre around small spaces. Access to and exit from the ship is via four flights of steps.

People without a ticket can still view the ship along Wirral's waterfront for a stunning backdrop across the Mersey or at Liverpool Cruise Terminal from public areas such as Princes Parade. 

As an operational warship, HMS Prince of Wales is not suitable for visitors with restricted mobility due to the number of steps required to gain access to the ship.

However there will be allocated visit times for visitors with additional needs who will be able to view the ship up close from the quayside. To obtain tickets for those with accessibility requirements, call 0344 8000 410. These tickets are extremely limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Royal Navy is transforming into a force centred around carrier strike – supporting the ships as they conduct carrier strike missions, enforce no-fly zones, deploy Royal Marine Commandos, deliver humanitarian aid, and build international partnerships with our allies.

HMS Prince of Wales is at the heart of the fleet as one of the most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK. Along with her sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, they are the largest ships ever built for the Royal Navy.

The ship’s flight deck is 70 metres wide and 280 metres long – enough space for three football pitches. Her ship’s company make their way through 170 metres of sausages a day, which is roughly twice the height of the Liver Building.

She has a ship’s company of 700 sailors, which will increase to around 1,600 with aircraft on board.

Exact timings for the ship’s arrival in Liverpool will be announced in due course, dependent on weather conditions and operational commitments.

Keep up to date with news about the visit by following @RoyalNavy, @HMSPWLS and @CultureLpool on Twitter.

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