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SS Shieldhall

110 Berth | Southampton Docks, Southampton SO15 0HH, England
+44 844 357 2329
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Travel back in time

We took a cruise down the Solent in this 1950's steam ship - the largest operating steam ship in... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2016
Short visit

Heritage Day in Southampton part of it was to be able to and visit ship in docks free. Little... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Paul H
Southampton, 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 on an excursion or visiting her in Southampton.
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110 Berth | Southampton Docks, Southampton SO15 0HH, England
+44 844 357 2329
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

We took a cruise down the Solent in this 1950's steam ship - the largest operating steam ship in Europe they say. Good open decks with plenty of seating, a reasonable saloon with cafe and bar facilities. Once underway there was access all areas, to...More

Thank ianmantel
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Heritage Day in Southampton part of it was to be able to and visit ship in docks free. Little complicated as had to get special bus into docks due to security but no problem, heritage bus were fun to ride on. Free entry that day...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 12 September 2016

My first of 2 trips this Summer ,My first on the 'Bournemouth Air Show' trip. Despite Wet,& Windy Sea conditions Shieldhall coped admirably .She looked fantastic ,a credit to all those hard working Volunteers ,the newly refurbished Saloon looked Lovely,the information boards were a good...More

Thank Peter m
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Boarded the steamship Shieldhall at about 9.15am at Poole Quay, right in the middle of the town. Sailed at 10.00. Shieldhall is quite a big ship, so there is plenty of room. However there are steep steps to negotiate and high sills to the doors...More

Thank Joseph H
Reviewed 28 August 2016

An excellent trip. The ships crew are all experienced, informative, friendly and cheerful, and keep all the passengers well informed of whats happening. The catering facilities are excellent and very efficient with very reasonable prices and a wide selection of food and drinks, including local...More

1  Thank Rusteve21
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Excellent day on board the SS Sheildhall, it was a smooth cruise from Poole to Bournmouth, despite the awful weather. We still managed to see the red arrows & a few other planes despite this. All the volunteers were very friendly & helpful & after...More

Thank Jacky W
Reviewed 25 August 2016

What a great experience! We were on board to watch the Bournemouth Air Festival which is a great air show. The Shieldhall and its crew are superb! A fascinating ship with everything worked by steam engines all over the place, and a lovely crew who...More

1  Thank Michael J
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We boarded the Sheildhall in Poole and sailed to Bournemouth to watch the air show. The crew were all very friendly and helpful. Once underway we were able to visit the engine room this was really appreciated as it warmed us up because the weather...More

1  Thank Claire B
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We joined the ship in Poole and right from the moment we boarded we were under her spell. As soon as the pilot leaves the ship you can visit the bridge and, if it interests you, the engine room. Everyone is very friendly and the...More

Thank TishLondon
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We travelled on the Shieldhall as newcomers from Poole Quay to watch the Bournemouth Airshow on 21st August 2016. The whole experience from start to finish was fantastic. Not only was the viewpoint for the show spectacular due to the aircraft going directly overhead, but...More

Thank dan b
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Paul S
Thank you for your comments, volunteering is not constrained by distance. On the trip you were on, in the crew we had one volunteer from Skye, two from Durham and one from Morecombe and several from London / Nth of the M4. Our Chairman is from Devon and we have other volunteers from the South West too. If you're interested in volunteering, and we need all sort of skills to essentially run business, not just maritime or engineering skills there's lots of information and contact details on our website. Glad you enjoyed your trip - so did we! Definitely the best place to watch the airshow.
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
What is the nearest hotel to SS Shieldhall
20 July 2016|
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Response from Lewis F | 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.
May I ask what were the prices for food and drinks please
7 August 2015|
Response from Peter m | Reviewed this property |
Ive only had Teas ,Coffees ,Snacks etc and they are at resonable prices.....I recommend their Bacon Roll....Ive not had a "Set Meal" or Alcohol etc ,But im sure those will be favourable.