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 Ferries and Attractions

Mersey FerryMersey Ferries and Attractions

Merseytravel owns and operates the Mersey Ferries,
U-Boat Story and the Spaceport attractions.

Mersey Ferries
Mersey Ferries has become one of the Liverpool City Region's most popular paid-for tourist attractions as well as a convenient way to cross the River Mersey, operating services all year round including a week day commuter service, River Explorer cruises, summer evening cruises, themed cruises and Manchester Ship Canal cruises. The vessels are available to hire for special events and excursions.
In 2016 the Merseytravel Committee (now the Liverpool City Region Transport Committee) endorsed a 20 year vision for the Mersey Ferries that aims to secure their future for generations to come. It is centred around bringing down the cost of the Mersey Ferries to the public purse, while building on their commercial potential.
In December 2018 plans for a new Mersey Ferry were put out to tender with the new ferry design aimed at providing a vessel that will improve comfort and versatility for use for events and river cruises as well as fulfilling its core role as a public transport service. The investment is expected to reduce operating costs to Mersey Ferries over the life of the vessels.
For further information visit the Mersey Ferries website.
Based at the Seacombe Ferry Terminal, Spaceport is an entertaining and educational attraction covering the subjects of space and space travel, with six differently themed galleries featuring interactive hands-on exhibits and audio visual experiences, plus a 360° Planetarium dome show.
It is also home to the world’s largest robotic telescope, provided and funded by Liverpool John Moores University, Astrophysics Research Institute and the National Schools' Observatory.  
Spaceport hosts a number of exhibitions and conferences and can be hired for corporate events; school visits are also available.
The current exhibition is Sci-Fi Icons, a private collection of Stars Wars memorabilia from one of the UK’s biggest collectors. Showing an array of fascinating scenes and iconic characters from the films including the Ewok Village, the Emperor’s throne room, Stormtroopers, Darth Maul and 13 brand new characters including BB-8, Rey and Finn! This impressive collection is a must see for all the family – young and old! 
For further information visit the Spaceport website.
U-Boat Story
U-534 is one of only four remaining Second World War German U-Boats in the world. Housed at Mersey Ferries’ Woodside Terminal the submarine is now in four sections with glass viewing partitions, allowing a rare glimpse of the interior and its many well preserved artefacts. The exhibition includes an enigma coding machine, interactive displays, filmed interviews with survivors, and a historical glimpse of life on board.
For further information visit the U-Boat Story website.