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 and rail and bus operator websites for the latest service information.

Enjoy a 50-minute River Explorer Cruise on the world famous Mersey Ferry, and see incredible views of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.

Our on board commentary highlights the River Mersey’s key landmarks as well as their history, so the cruise is the perfect mix of fun and education for your class.

River Explorer Cruises depart every day, on the hour from Pier Head and also stop at Seacombe Ferry Terminal and Woodside Ferry Terminal on the 50-minute round trip.

Advanced booking is required for your trip on the ferry, and we offer one free teacher per 6 paying children

River Explorer Cruise (includes U-boat Story)


U-boat Story (only)


We have two Mersey Ferries; the Royal Iris of the Mersey in traditional black, white and red livery and the Dazzle Ferry, the only operating Dazzle Ship in the UK. The eye-catching design was created by Sir Peter Blake as part of the First World War commemorations.

To book your trip call 0151 330 1420 (Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm) or email

U-boat Story

Your River Explorer Cruise tickets also include free entrance to U-boat Story at Woodside Ferry Terminal, so you can make a day of your trip.

A visit to U-boat Story will give children an amazing insight into life on board a real German submarine through U-boat Story’s interactive and audio-visual exhibits.

Don’t forget to download lessons plans for Key Stages 2 and 3, so your class can learn more about the history of U-534 and what life was like on board for the crew.

U-boat Educational Resource

Perfect Sightseeing Experience

If you want to give your class the ultimate sightseeing tour of Liverpool why not book a Do the Double package.

Your class will hop on board the Mersey Ferry for a 50-minute River Explorer Cruise and then travel around the city seeing many of Liverpool’s famous landmarks with a guided tour from City Explorer Open Top Bus.

We can request a dedicated bus for your groups sole use, subject to availability. Please note the maximum capacity of the bus is 60.

To book your trip call 0151 330 1420 (Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm) or email

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions