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Visitor Information

If you are visiting Liverpool for the River of Light event or are a seasoned local with a question – don’t worry, our local Tourist Information Team are on hand to help.

Our team of helpful staff are on hand to welcome and assist you while you are at the event and in the run up to the day itself, should you need any further assistance with planning your visit to the city or if you would like to purchase a keepsake of your visit.

You can find the Tourist Information team at the TIC in Anchor Courtyard in the Albert Dock (on 5 November open until 7.00pm) and at the mobile TIC on the day. Don’t forget you can follow the team too on social media on Facebook at Liverpool Visitor Centre and Twitter at @moreliverpool and even tweet or post your inquiries!

Viewing Areas

Liverpool Viewing Areas: On the Liverpool side, people will have a great view from the waterfront running from Alexandra Tower on Princes Parade right the way along past the Arena and Convention Centre.

Wirral Viewing Areas: In Wirral, people can view the show along the promenade from New Brighton through to Seacombe and on to Woodside. Please visit the Visit Wirral website here for travel information and viewing areas in the Wirral.

There are also special offers and attractions from event partners The Albert Dock, Liverpool ONE and Liverpool BID Company – more information on which will be available here soon.

Remember, Remember – important information

Proving popular with visitors across the city every year we would advise that you arrive on foot or use public transport, leaving plenty of time to travel so you make it in time for the displays.  If you need any travel information or advice – please visit Merseytravel.gov.uk

  • It can often be cold on the Waterfront so don’t forget to wrap up warm and plan your visit.
  • Dogs can often be frightened of Fireworks and displays so please don’t bring them to the display.
  • Please don’t bring your own fireworks, sparklers or Chinese Lanterns.
  • Please don’t leave any potentially flammable material lying around, and do not give any timber or combustible materials to young people for use on bonfires.

Safety Information

If you’re attending the River of Light event, or another fireworks display – it’s very important that you stay safe. Staff from the city’s five NHS Walk In Centres are urging parents to be extra vigilant in keeping themselves and their children safe from unnecessary firework related injuries, ahead of Bonfire Night on 5 November.

Those at greater risk of serious injury from burns are young children, especially those under the age of 5, since their skin is far more sensitive.

Walk-in Centre nursing staff are offering advice to members of the public on how to safely and effectively treat minor burn injuries at home. Please visit the NHS Choices website here.

Travel Information

If you are travelling to the Liverpool or Wirral viewing areas there are lots of different ways that you can travel to the event – we have put together a dedicated travel page with local transport information on for you. If you are driving to the events, local parking information can be found below. When travelling around the Liverpool or Wirral waterfront please THINK about road safety at all times. If you would like road safety advice, please visit the road safety website here.

Road Closures

On Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November there will be a number of road closures which may affect your travel plans. Please remember to check before travelling and allowing plenty of time to travel to the event.

  • Friday 4 November from 7.00pm until Sunday 6 November – 12noon – Pier Head: 

There will be a number of road closures around Canada Boulevard, Brunswick St, Water St, St Nicholas Place. The closures at Mann Island will be implemented on the Saturday only from approx. 3.00pm – 8.00pm.

Access will remain throughout for residents and businesses based in the Mann Island development.

  • Saturday 5 November 

Albert Dock/Kings Parade entrance will be closed between the hours of 4.00pm – 8.00pm.  Gower Street will remain open until the car parks are full.  Access for businesses and residents will be maintained.  If you are a business/resident at the Albert Dock please display your relevant access pass. For residents located on Kings Parade please use Mariners Wharf.

Princes Parade will be closed between the hours of 4.00pm – 7.30pm (this area will re-open sooner if safe to do so).

In order to facilitate the drum parade the following roads will be closed from 4.30pm until the Parade passes approx. 6.20pm: Dale Street from Exchange East to Castle Street – Castle Street – Water Street – Rumford Street – Fenwick Street between Brunswick Street and Water Street – Back Castle Street – Tower Gardens

Water Street between Cunard Building and River Building will be closed from Brunswick Street 9.00am-8.00pm, Mann Island 4.00pm-8.00pm, Princes Parade 4.00pm-8.00pm, Salthouse Quay (Albert Dock) 4.00pm-8.00pm, Cana Boulevard and Kings Parade 4.00pm-8.00pm.

Parking Information

If you are travelling by car to the River of Light event on 5 November, there are a variety of parking options available to you.

Albert Dock Car Park: Whether you’re spending the evening, a full day or the entire weekend at Albert Dock the car park, on the Britannia side of the Dock is ultra-convenient. Open 24 hours, Albert Dock parking is completely safe and secure.

Parking charges start at £2.50 for up to (and including) one hour up to 24 hours for £15.00- you can also download a full Albert Dock map here.

Charges apply 7 days a week Including Bank Holidays. *Please Note – Standard charges apply to Blue Badge Holders*

Liverpool ONE Q Park: There are three car park entrances at Liverpool ONE – John Lewis, Hanover Street and the Strand, all Q-Park managed. These secure car parks are located opposite the Albert Dock and next to the Liverpool ONE shopping centre and are available to pre-book in advance of the evening.

If you are travelling by electric car, there are two 22KW AC EV charging points available on level 2 adjacent to John Lewis pedestrian lobby within the parking facility.

Parking charges start at £2.50 for up to one hour with pre-bookable prices starting at £13.00.

Princes Dock Multi Story: Princes Dock Multi storey car is a well lit facility with 24/7 on site security/concierge and monitored CCTV throughout offering both pay on foot and contract parking facilities.

Hotel Accommodation

This year the affectionately named, Bonfire Night, takes place on a Saturday – why not make a weekend out of your visit and stay in Liverpool overnight? Our partners at Cheaprooms.co.uk have a host of great rates on accommodation in the city for your visit – just visit their website for the latest rates.

If you are looking for accommodation on the Wirral side of the water there is a wealth of choice available on the Visit Wirral website.