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Amazing place!

We came here after we got off our ship and we enjoyed the time here and made it enjoyable watching... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2019
Northampton, United Kingdom
What a treat

The only working steamboat we've ever been on is on the Mississippi river. However what a treat on... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2019
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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The Steamship Shieldhall is the largest working steam ship in Britain. A member of the National Historic Fleet she serves as a sea going tribute to Britain's maritime heritage. As a passenger you too can experience the golden age of steam by booking...more
110 Berth | Southampton Docks, Southampton SO15 0HH, England
+44 844 357 2329
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Reviewed 16 January 2019

We came here after we got off our ship and we enjoyed the time here and made it enjoyable watching the port.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 7700Someone
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

The only working steamboat we've ever been on is on the Mississippi river. However what a treat on the SS Shieldhall. The golden age of steam ships and we are on the sea taking part, thrilling. Staff are friendly and welcoming and knowledgeable. We learnt...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 6 January 2019

Went with friends for a trip with RU40 on board it was one of the best trips out we have ever had, 6 of us went we are oink to go with at least 10 of us this year

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Janine C
Reviewed 12 December 2018

I have been on the Shieldhall before and it is a great day out every time. The crew on the ship make a great effort to ensure every passenger has a great day and they are very informed not only about the ship but also...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank David B
Reviewed 6 November 2018

You've all heard of "PS Waverley", that paddle steamer that comes down from Scotland and moors in the docks for a week or so because the weather is too bad to go out and then moves on to the Thames? :-) Well, the SS Shieldhall...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Richard_IOW_828
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Just loved this very special and unique experience. An old steam ship with just 200 passengers who have full access to all areas of the ship. On a very wet windy day we were worried if she would actually sail, she is large and not...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

Such a fascinating experience to be able to wander round this old workhorse and see her working so well after more than 60 years. The 2 hr cruise up and down Southampton water, past 4 cruise ships and the Boat show was excellent and the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Ged E
Reviewed 18 September 2018

It is fascinating to travel on this old steamship and as we watched four very large cruise ships leave port, emphasises how far things have improved on passengers ships in the last 60 or so years. The staff are friendly, knowledgable and helpful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank susanannw2016
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Booked for our wedding anniversary. We had a great day and watched as 4 awesome liners sailed past. Staff were great, very friendly and genuinely happy to answer any questions. Great to be able to see all parts of this lovely ship with none of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank tranquility2015
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

What a lovely vessel, experience and privilege to go out on Southampton water. Very friendly crew, lots of places to sit and get great views, drinks and snacks on board and a raffle was in place too! This was my second time on Shieldhall but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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7 August 2018|
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Response from richken2006 | Reviewed this property |
Yes I think so. There is a restaurant on board with some very reasonable prices. However you can also sit on deck with a picnic. Really chilled...
Paul S
23 August 2016|
Response from Paul S |
oops - you couldn't see which trip you were on when responding, mea culpa, however the comments are all still valid. Hope to see you at the airshow next year if not before!!!
Nigel B
20 July 2016|
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Response from LewisF162 | Property representative |
Hello Nigel, there are a number of places where can stay which is near the ship. The nearest is the Holiday Inn which is about a 10 minute walk to the ship.