HMS Prince of Wales is sailing into Liverpool this week and if you didn't manage to get a ticket to go on board the Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier then there are plenty of places where you can still get a great view.

The huge warship is due to arrive on the River Mersey tomorrow (Friday, February 28) but many people were left disappointed after free tickets to go on board were all snapped up within an hour of being made avaialble.

However, you can still enjoy views of the impressive vessel from around the Pier Head and looking across from the Wirral side.

And remember there is plenty of time to see her as she's here until Friday, March 6.

Here we've rounded up some of the best vantage points:

In Liverpool city

If you want to see the ship up close, then Princes Parade in front of cruise terminal is the best place to stand to see the true scale of it.

However, it is expected to be crowded in this area, especially over this weekend, so you might want to wait until later in the week when it might be less busy.

You will still get a good view of it from around the Pier Head area, and may even get a good view from one of the rooftop bars such as Matou.

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River Explorer Cruises

River Explorer Cruises will give passengers brilliant views of the aircraft carrier while it is docked in the River Mersey.

On Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1, it will be running cruises from 10am to 4pm.

And a Blue Badge guide will be on board the cruise to provide live commentary about the unique history of the river and the HMS Prince of Wales.

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Views from the Wirral

At Fort Perch Rock, you can see the vessel enter the mouth of the river and sail up the River Mersey on Friday.

Once it has docked you can view it from areas including New Brighton and Woodside Ferry Terminal.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to arrive by train.

New Brighton station is a 10 minute walk from Floral Pavilion, whilst Hamilton Square station is a five minute walk from Woodside Ferry Terminal. 

If you need further information, you can speak to members of the event team, who will be located at: Floral Pavilion, Vale Park Café, Wallasey Town Hall, Seacombe Ferry Terminal and Woodside Ferry Village.

The event team will be in place on February 28 and the day the ship departs on March 6.

Crosby beach

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth off Crosby Beach
Cunard's Queen Elizabeth off Crosby Beach

The beaches of Crosby and Blundellsands are great spots to see ships enter and leave the River Mersey, due to the low angle of the beach.

Many people packed the shoreline back in 2015 when the Three Queens sailed passed Crosby beach on their way to the Mersey.

The exact time arrival time of HMS into the Mersey on Friday, February 28, has yet to be confirmed, but we will update you as soon as we have this information.