Mersey Ferries brings learning to life for thousands of schools across the North West

Mersey Ferries offers discounted rates on school bookings, with access to their attractions including Spaceport and The U-Boat Story


Schools receive one adult free per six paying children for all ferries attractions


Mersey Ferries days out are top of the class for school groups when it comes to educational days out in Liverpool, with thousands of youngsters across the region jumping on board every year. The Mersey Ferries school packages offer fun and interactive learning for children studying science, geography and humanities.


Children have the opportunity to learn at Mersey Ferries’ unique attractions, the U-Boat Story and Spaceport, whilst also enjoying the River Explorer Cruise.


Once on the ferry, students and teachers are able to experience a fascinating commentary on the history of the UNESCO World Heritage waterfront, whilst also enjoying Liverpool’s most recognisable landmarks from the River Mersey. The historic facts and tales told on-board offer students an informal way to learn more about the River Mersey, Liverpool and Wirral.


Departing hourly, groups can start their journey from any of the three terminals, as the 50-minute River Explorer Cruises sails between Pier Head, Seacombe and Woodside. There is the option to disembark at each port and spend time at the U-Boat Story and Spaceport attractions.


Gary Evans from Mersey Ferries, said: “For children focusing on the study of World War II, our Woodside terminal offers a chance to examine historic themes and take a look at a magnificent piece of engineering in the form of a real German U-boat.


Exploring the U-Boat is an experience that helps bring the impact of WWII to life for a lot of children. They’re usually surprised by the limited living quarters and seeing the vessel first-hand stays with them, helping them with their long-term learning, as well as reading the real-life stories of the crew.”


Free admission to The U-Boat Story is included with River Explorer Cruise tickets and is suitable for all children studying World War II.


Gary Evans continued: “For a unique educational science trip, which will leave children feeling inspired about space, Spaceport is our multi-dimensional attraction, which has direct links to the astronomy curriculum.


“Visitors have the opportunity to visit the interactive zones, and enjoy our fascinating Sci-Fi Icons exhibition, which both adults and children love. It’s a completely interactive day and has always been well received by schools who have previously visited us.”


As part of the visit to Spaceport, children can also become virtual space explorers in the 360-degree Space Dome Show, which is currently showing ‘We Are Aliens’ a show from the creators of the award-winning ‘We Are Astronomers’ and ‘Astronaut’, narrated by Rupert Grint.


Prices for the River Explorer Cruise educational trips start from £5.50 per child, with schools receiving one adult free per six paying children for all the attractions.


For more information or to book tickets for Mersey Ferries, U-Boat Story and partner ticketing with other Liverpool attractions – call 0151 330 1420 or email:


For bookings for Spaceport including combined ticketing with Mersey Ferries – call 0151 330 1003 or email: