U-Boat Story

LOCATION

BIRKENHEAD, MERSEYSIDE

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Our View

Visit the real life story of the U-534, a German U-boat, raised from the seabed in 1993 and lovingly restored. With its amazing interior exhibited in four sections through glass viewing panels, discover the story of the U-boat who refused to surrender and was sunk in 1945. Experience a unique insight into life aboard a submarine during wartime and enjoy well preserved artefacts including a rare Enigma machine. Audiovisual tours, interactive exhibits and an interpretation centre complete this unique experience.

U-Boat Story
Woodside Ferry Terminal, Woodside, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 6DU

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10.30-5.30 (last admission 5). Closed 25-26 Dec & 1 Jan

About the area

Discover Merseyside

A metropolitan county on the River Mersey, with Liverpool as its administrative centre, Merseyside incorporates the towns of Bootle, Birkenhead, St Helena, Wallasey, and Southport. In the 19th century, Liverpool was England’s second greatest port, and the area has been affected by urban deprivation and unemployment. 

When the port of Chester silted up in medieval times, Liverpool took up the slack. The first dock was built in 1715 and the port came to prominence with the slave trade. Following abolition, the port grew to a seven-mile stretch of docks, busy with cargoes of cotton, tobacco and sugar and the huge wave of emigration from Europe to the New World in the 19th and 20th centuries. In its turn, immigration brought an influx of people to Merseyside to join its expanding population, including many from Ireland fleeing the potato famines. In the second half of the 20th century, accessible air travel brought an end to the era of the ocean-going liners. Meanwhile, trade with Europe was picked up by the southeastern ports. Merseyside’s population dwindled, but it remains one of Britain’s most vibrant and interesting areas.

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