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A trip on a real ship

As a ship enthusiast any opportunity to go on a real ship is a special moment, and Shieldhall is... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2013
Southampton, United Kingdom
Living history

Shieldhall is a steamship, built in the early 1950s an owned by a trust. Shortfall is a 2000 ton... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2013
Andrew N
Aylesbury, 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 31 July 2013

As a ship enthusiast any opportunity to go on a real ship is a special moment, and Shieldhall is right up there at the top of of my list of real ships. If you want to experience a working vessel then she is perfect, This...More

1  Thank DRWONLY
Reviewed 21 June 2013

The boat itself is lovely but very old and rusty. The best thing on it was the kind and helpful and friendly crew and captain. Nice little trip. We went with our children And they enjoyed it. Thank you

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Reviewed 16 June 2013

Shieldhall is a steamship, built in the early 1950s an owned by a trust. Shortfall is a 2000 ton real steam ship, still in full working order and you can go for a trip. We want aboard at lunchtime, we all had a drink and...More

1  Thank Andrew N
Reviewed 13 June 2013

A group of eight of us went for a trip to view the ocean liners and what a wonderful couple of hours it was . Weather was good , the old steamship chugged quietly and serenely around the huge liners and the docks. The crew...More

1  Thank Terence C
Reviewed 8 June 2013

The weather was brilliant today, which really helped, but we had a wonderful trip around Southampton Water on the Shieldhall. The boat is beautifully presented and the volunteers friendly, helpful and informative and very passionate about this steamboat. Looking at the huge cumbersome cruise liners...More

2  Thank Newforestpat
Reviewed 28 March 2013

We went with friends on the Shieldhall for an afternnon in Cowes week.Once an engine problem had been seen to-that in itself was interesting as all the volunteers were rushing around trying to sort it-we set off and had a very jolly time in the...More

2  Thank Natalie C
Reviewed 26 March 2013

Had a lovely time. Never knew the Shieldhall even existed and I have lived in Southampton for many years. This is a proper working cargo ship that has been kept alive by a great team of volunteers. Will definitely visit again!

1  Thank Gary S
Reviewed 30 January 2013

We travelled on ss Shieldhall on our 1st wedding anniversary (we are mid 40's) plus grandparents (late 80s) we travelled from Southampton to the needles and return. Weather was fairly warm but would recommend taking a blanket if you want to sit out all day....More

1  Thank Kelbth
Reviewed 21 January 2013

Having meant to go on the Sheildhall for years I finally got around it it when in Southampton to visit friends. It was a cruise to see the Class J racing yachts, and I don't think there could have been a better place to see...More

2  Thank MarkHerefordshire
Reviewed 16 June 2012

This is a genuine step back in time. A former Clyde steamer, the Shieldhall used to take sewage out to sea. It was then used to give trips to injured soldiers and then to tourists. It since fell into disrepair, before being rescued and restored...More

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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 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.
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.
30 July 2015|
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Response from SueSurrey-1 |
Hi, thankyou for your answer.