HMS Prince of Wales FAQs

HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s giant new aircraft carriers will be at Liverpool Cruise Terminal for one week from 28 February. We appreciate you will have lots of questions relating to how to go on board, accessibility and what is happening around the vessel.

The following are a range of frequently asked questions which may help with any concerns, queries you have. If you cannot find an answer, please don’t hesitate to contact us direct via our social media channels (detailed below), on 0151 606 2000 or via email.

When will HMS Prince of Wales arrive?

The ship will be docked from Friday 28 February at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal.

Arrival times of HMS Prince of Wales are outlined below. Please be aware that these are subject to change. 

  • 11:45am - Visible on River Mersey
  • 1.45pm - docked at Liverpool Cruise Terminal

Wirral's waterfront offers spectacular views across the Mersey to Liverpool. 

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

When will HMS Prince of Wales leave?

The ship plans to leave on Friday 6 March 2020.

As this is a working Naval ship, there may be a need for the vessel to leave early – this is currently not planned however all visitors should be aware that this is always a possibility.

What is HMS Prince of Wales?

HMS Prince of Wales is a Royal Navy aircraft carrier and is the second of the Royal Navy’s giant new aircraft carriers.

At the time of writing, she is 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.

Why is HMS Prince of Wales visiting Liverpool?

HMS Prince of Wales is visiting Liverpool in a demonstration of the Naval Service’s close ties with the city.

She is affiliated with the cities of Liverpool and Bristol which means that there is a close bond between the ship and the community of Liverpool.

Where can I view from Wirral?

Due to the size of the vessel you will be able to view HMS Prince of Wales arrive and depart from the Wirral waterfront as well as see the ship when she is docked at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal.

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).

If you are viewing from Wirral, please be mindful to the residents and businesses located along the waterfront when viewing and travelling to this magnificent moment.

Will the public be able to go on board?

Yes – the ship will be open to the public for a limited amount of time.

To access the vessel, you will need to have a ticket – entry will not be permitted to anyone who does not have a ticket.

All tickets are FREE of charge and have now been allocated. There are NO paid for tickets.

If you do not have a ticket to enter the vessel you will NOT be permitted entry.

I have tickets to go on board - are there any restrictions I need to be aware of?

Yes – you must be aware of the terms and conditions for entry.

All visitors to the ship must be physically fit as there are steps to climb to get into the Aircraft hangar.

Accessible tickets are available to get an up close view of the Carrier but unfortunately due to the nature of the ships design, the only access onto the ship is via steps.

Am I allowed to bring my dog / cat / assistance animal?

We are expecting crowds to view HMS Prince of Wales along Wirral's waterfront. We would recommend leaving your pet at home. If you have an assistance animal, please take in to consideration that there may be a large volume of people in attendance. 

Will there be parking? Where can I park with a blue badge?

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.

There is no vehicular access available to Wirral's promenade. 

In New Brighton, parking is available at Perch Rock Car Park and along Marine Promenade, Seacombe and Woodside Ferry Terminals have parking available, and there are a number of car parks available in Birkenhead that are a short distance from Woodside.   

Roads from Rowson Street down to the Promenade will be open to residents only. 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.

Will there be welfare facilities at this event?

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).

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