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Mersey Ferry

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Mersey Ferry Royal Iris of the Mersey
Mersey Ferry Royal Iris of the Mersey
Mersey Ferry MV Snowdrop, Woodside

Mersey Ferry operates hourly service on the River Mersey between Liverpool, Seacombe (Wirral) and Woodside near Birkenhead (Wirral). Manchester Ship Canal cruise operates by Mersey Ferry to Salford Quays. It does not generally serve Twelve Quays Ferry Terminal in Birkenhead.

Get in[edit]

Map of Mersey Ferry
Pier Head Ferry Terminal
Seacombe Ferry Terminal
Woodside Ferry Terminal
  • 1 Pier Head Ferry Terminal, Liverpool (nearest train station is James St in Liverpool), +44 151 330 1003. includes cafe, toilets, Matou restaurant, the Beatles Story, two shops and fab4d cinema.
  • 2 Woodside Ferry Terminal, Woodside, Wirral (nearest train station is Hamilton Square in Birkenhead and small bus station outside), +44 151 330 1003. includes toilets, cafe with great views upstairs indoors and outdoors across the River Mersey to Pier Head and Liverpools waterfront. Also includes a 19th century submarine and tram inside the building from Wirral tramway
  • 3 Seacombe Ferry Terminal, Victoria Place, Seacombe, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 6QY (a long promenade runs from here along Wirrals scenic coast, not near train station, but bus services operate), +44 151 330 1003. includes cafe, toilets and play centre
  • Salford Quays, The Quays, Salford, Lancs, M50 3AH, +44 151 330 1444. no facilities, berthing only


MV Snowdrop in Dazzle colours
The Beatles Story at Pier Head Ferry Terminal
U-534 U-boat at Woodside
Wirral Transport Museum
Resurgam replica
  • Dazzle Ferry (MV Snowdrop), +44 151 330 1003. Camouflage colours and patterns as used in war


  • 1 U boat story, Woodside Ferry Terminal, Wirral, +44 151 330 1003. 10-6:30pm. featuring U-534 in cross sections and small exhibition. Admittance included in River Explorer Cruise. German submarine U-534 (Q689369) on Wikidata German submarine U-534 on Wikipedia
  • Wirral Tramway, Woodside, +44 151 647 2128. Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays – 1pm – 4.30 pm. half hourly return service between Woodside Ferry Terminal and Wirral Transport Museum £2 adults £1.50 children. Wirral Transport Museum on Wikipedia
  • Wirral Transport Museum, 1 Taylor St, Birkenhead, CH41 1BG , +44 151 647 2128. Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays – 1pm – 4.30 pm. includes tea room and toilets Wirral Transport Museum on Wikipedia
  • Resurgam replica, Woodside Ferry Terminal (Woodside near Hamilton Square, Birkenhead). 24h. Victorian wooden submarine replica Resurgam on Wikipedia

Pier Head, Liverpool[edit]


Royal Iris of the Mersey, Manchester Ship Canal cruise
  • Commuter service, +44 151 330 1003. 10 mins in the morning and evening direct to Pier Head.
  • River Explorer Cruise. 50 mins, this calls at Pier Head, Seacombe and Woodside and includes access to U-boat story. For an extra cost you can include a hop on hop off bus tour in Liverpool. This is the best for tourists.
  • Manchester Ship Canal Cruise, Salford Quays, +44 151 330 1003. 6 hours between Liverpool or Seacombe and Salford with coach return. This does not call at Woodside, but does travel via Eastham ferry entrance to the ship canal.
  • Summer Evening Cruise. this operates only on the river mersey


Fab 4 store Pier Head Ferry Terminal
  • Pier Head Ferry terminal shop. on the ground floor of the Pier Head ferry terminal


  • Royal Iris of the Mersey onboard shop. MV Royal Iris of the Mersey on Wikipedia
  • Matou (Pier Head Ferry Terminal, Liverpool), 2nd floor, Georges Parade Pier Head, Mersey Ferry Terminal, Liverpool L3 1DP, +44 151 236 2928. 12-11pm. Pan asian cuisine with excellent indoor and outdoor views whilst dining across the mersey to wirral


The Fab4 cafe


Crowne Plaza


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