Mersey Ferries continues to follow government advice about essential travel and helping to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus and we are reviewing our services in light of this advice.

Update Tuesday 31 March: From Monday 6 April the morning and evening commuter services will be temporarily suspended due to a significant fall in demand but this will be monitored on a regular basis. If your journey is essential and you need to travel cross river please consider bus and rail options.

All River Explorer Cruises and weekend services have been cancelled and U-boat Story is closed.

We have also made the decision to cancel all Evening Cruises and Manchester Ship Canal Cruises in April and May 2020. If you have purchased a ticket for any of these cruises, we will be in touch shortly to arrange a refund. If you have booked a cruise using a gift voucher, we will refund you with a gift voucher.

If you have already bought a ticket for an Evening Cruise, Manchester Ship Canal Cruise or Liverpool Bay Cruise in June or beyond, we are currently planning for these cruises to take place. However, we are monitoring the situation closely and have suspended any further bookings in June.

We strongly advise people to follow the advice about non-essential travel and social distancing and more information is available online.

Customers who are key workers can visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk and rail and bus operator websites for the latest service information.

U-boat Story

Visit U-boat Story at Woodside ferry terminal and see inside U-534, one of only four U-boats left in the world. Entry to U-boat Story is free with all River Explorer Cruise tickets.

Through the exhibition's interactive and audio-visual exhibits you will gain a unique insight into life on board the submarine during wartime, and learn more about the history of U-534 through the well preserved artefacts, original film archive and interactive displays. You will also see a real German Enigma machine, look through a periscope and experience what it would be like to stand on the bridge of the historic vessel on the replica Conning Tower.

The U-boat is split into four sections with glass viewing partitions to allow you to see inside the Control Room, Engine Room, Electric Room, Crew Quarters and Forward Torpedo Room.

Delve deeper into the enduring legend of U-534, and see if you can solve the mystery of why U-534’s Captain refused to surrender on 5 May 1945? Was the U-boat on a secret mission, carrying Nazi Gold or had the Captain gone rogue?

U-534 was the last U-boat to leave Germany before World War II ended and was heading towards Norway when it was attacked by a Liberator aircraft from RAF 547 Squadron. U-534 took heavy damage and began to sink by the stern. Amazingly forty-nine of the fifty-two crew members survived, including five who escaped via a torpedo hatch. The stricken vessel then lay forgotten on the sea bed for over 40 years.

In August 1993 the wreckage was raised from the seabed in the hope of finding hidden treasure on board. However, hopes were dashed when no treasure was found, so the mystery of why U-534 refused to surrender remains to this day.

Important Information

U-boat Story will be closed on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 March for cleaning and maintenance work. 

Entrance to U-boat Story is free with all River Explorer Cruise tickets. We recommend about one hour to fully experience the attraction, including the museum within the ferry terminal. The attraction is fully accessible apart from the Conning Tower, which can only be accessed by stairs. Food and drink is available from Woodside Ferry Village located in the terminal.

Pricing

U-boat Story

U-boat Story + River Explorer Cruise

Adult

16+

£8.00

£11.00

Child

5-15

£5.50

£7.00

Concession

Over 60s & NUS card holders

£7.00

£9.50

Opening Times

Weekdays

Open

Last Admission

Close

10:30

16:00

16:30

Weekend

Open

Last Admission

Close

10:30

16:00

16:30