Introducing the Mersey Estuary

This part of the website introduces the Mersey Estuary. The Estuary has played a pivotal role in the history and development of Liverpool, the wider Liverpool City Region, Northwest England, the United Kingdom and the World. 

The City of Liverpool itself is more than 800 years old...read more

The history of the ecology and the changes in the landscape of the Mersey Basin is fascinating...read more 

As a contribution to Liverpool’s year as Capital of Culture, The Mersey Basin Campaign celebrated the River Mersey in all its aspects with the publication of Mersey the River that Changed the World...click here to visit the website

The City Region

The Mersey Estuary is at the heart of Liverpool City Region. The City Region’s economy has grown strongly over the past decade and the Mersey Estuary and the Manchester Ship Canal continue to play an important part in both the city region and the UK’s position in world trade.

The Port and Ship Canal are now in the same ownership. Together they handle more than 40million tonnes of cargo and 15,000 ship movements a year making the Mersey Britain’s third busiest estuary.