School trip to Mersey Ferries
Ferries have featured on the River Mersey for over 800 years. By the time Liverpool had been officially declared a town in 1207 ‘ferries’ were already an established sight.
Today’s now world-famous ferry service is run by the Mersey Ferries team. As well as taking hundreds of thousands of people out on the Mersey each year they also operate a range of exciting and informative Liverpool attractions along the riverside as well as trips along the magnificent Manchester Ship Canal.
They are owned and operated by Merseytravel, the Executive body that provides professional, strategic and operational transport advice to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to enable it to make informed decisions. It is also the delivery arm, making transport happen.
After the county’s free attractions, Mersey Ferries are Merseyside’s most visited tourist attraction and their entire team are committed to offering high-quality Liverpool days out for all.
Planning a school trip
Mersey Ferries trips are top of the class for school groups when it comes to things to do in Liverpool. They offer fun and interactive learning for children that’s backed up by support and resources for teachers. They even provide free places for teachers too.
The Mersey Ferry ‘Snowdrop’ is the only operating Dazzle Ship in the UK. Esteemed British pop-artist Sir Peter Blake has created the design as part of the country’s World War One Commemorations. So not only can your class see Liverpool’s waterfront – a UNESCO World Heritage Site at its best but they’ll also be taking a journey on a commemorative moving artwork.
Our daily River Explorer Cruise sails on the hour from the Pier Head which offers the best way to see the Dazzle Ferry.
There’s informative commentary onboard too peppered with historic facts and tales offering your students a great yet informal way to learn more about the river Mersey, Liverpool and Wirral. Their school safety document can help you plan your day out as well as help with standard risk assessments for the visit.
They also have a humanities education pack for Key Stage 2 and 3 which focuses on the development of the Liverpool City Centre, ideally suited for history and geography learning and a teachers’ resource pack for Key Stages 1 and 2 based around various maritime topics.
Groups can start their journey from any of their three terminals, with return tickets allowing you to break the journey and rejoin the cruise later in the day. This means you can combine a cruise with a visit to one of their three educational attractions on the riverside:
U-Boat Story – This exhibition at Woodside Ferry Terminal offers a chance to examine historic World War Two themes and take a look at a magnificent piece of engineering as your class views a real German U-boat. Free admission to U-Boat Story is included with River Explorer Cruise tickets.
Spaceport – Explore the science of space and help their learning blast off with this multi-dimensional attraction. There’s also an opportunity to visit the new interactive zones ‘Feel the Force’ & ‘See the Light’ and learn about the influence of science in space.
The Beatles Story – Music, popular culture and 20th century history can all be explored as children are taken though the life and times of the world-famous Liverpool band.