We took a trip to Liverpool on a gloriously mild early autumn day. My dad was visiting so as a treat we decided to take the famous ferry across the Mersey.
The River Mersey is so iconic, played a huge part in shaping the character and fortunes of this great city and a trip on the ferry is the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday. We have driven many times underneath the river through the two road tunnels, but this way of crossing is the most famous and the most fun. Who wouldn’t want to ride the ferry that inspired that song and enjoy the best view of the Liverpool waterfront?
Parking at the Albert Docks meant an interesting and fun stroll along the waterfront to get to the Pier Head and the ferry terminal. The ferry runs from here to Seacombe in Wallasey and Woodside in Birkenhead. Our ticket allowed us to hop on and off at any of these three stops.
Much excitement when we realised we would be riding the Dazzle boat – part of WWI commemorations and in honour of the patterns used on WWI vessels to baffle the eye and make the ships hard to target by the enemy. There are a couple of ships – Snowdrop and Royal Iris of the Mersey.
Grabbing a seat outside was no problem, we soaked up the sunshine and those panoramic views.
The Liverpool skyline with its Three Graces – The Royal Liver Building with the Liver Birds on top, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building are an impressive sight.
A commentary played as we sailed, interesting and informative it pointed out various things of interest on both sides of the river.
After about fifteen minutes we arrived at Seacombe. We decided to stay on board but did hop off at Woodside, the next stop to check out the U Boat Story.
This is fascinating and the chance to see a German U Boat with loads of original film archive and displays is unmissable. Mystery surrounds this particular vessel, the last U Boat to leave Germany right at the end of the war. Rumours abounded it was carrying gold or high ranking officials. Nothing was found on board but the rumours were never disproved and carry on..
The U Boat is displayed in four sections with glass viewing partitions. You get an amazing glimpse inside the vessel from different angles. The size of each piece is immense, mind blowing how large it would have been when operational.
Many of the artefacts they found on board were extremely well preserved and are on display in glass cases – there is even an Enigma machine. I loved browsing and looking at all these things, it gives an incredible insight into life on board a submarine during WWII.
We actually had to tear ourselves away from the exhibition to catch the last ferry back to Liverpool, so engrossed were we.
More great views of the Liverpool skyline before we disembarked and our fun ferry ride came to an end.