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“The most enjoyable”

Steamship Shieldhall
Ranked #2 of 130 things to do in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 8 June 2014

This was a most unexpected trip. As a coach driver it is rare to be invited on many vessels.

To say that that i was exited would be understated, it was the most enjoyable three hours of any Saturday. As an ex submariner, going on-board anything that floats is rare.

The Shieldhall and the crew were a delight. Knowledgeable about the vessel, helpful and the food and drinks reasonable prices and tasty.

This vessel is well worth a trip.

Mike C
Severnside Transport
Bristol

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Great old steam ship, we had a lovely trip on the Solent, we were allowed into the engine room to see the steam engines and boilers working. All the staff were pleasant and helpful

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

The Shieldhall is one of Southampton's great assets. It is moored inside Dock Gate 4, so you have to know it is there. It is a fully operational steamship with an amazing history and a wonderful expert volunteer crew. Originally built as a sludge dumper for use on the Clyde, she was fitted out with a saloon and a bar for dual purpose cruises. Only in Scotland! From an engineering point of view she is marvelous, vast engines and similar steering gear to the Titanic. In the Summer she runs regular trips on the Solent. The Merchant Navy memorial wreath laying is particularly poignant.

She also has a double life as an amazing venue for local theater companies and the Art House organises events with their own special touch. On the last couple of occasions I have been on a voyage of dreams with the Hampshire Youth Theater including some fantasy pirates and been part of an Art House cabaret. Their Steampunk Shennanigans are also planned.
Parking is available, plus the 1A bus has a stop at the dock gate. Google SS Shieldlhall for their program of events.

1  Thank terrier871
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We booked a Solent trip on the SS Shieldhall combined with a 3 course lunch. The trip was great, good information throughout and very interesting. This was our 2nd trip and it will not be our last. The standard of food was very good and the price very reasonable

Thank David K
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

We hired the Shield Hall for our daughters 16th party! Mike from the boat, was so very helpful and sorted everything from start to finish! All the staff/crew were so helpful and friendly! The venue is so beautiful I cannot wait for another event so we can hire the boat again! I would highly recommend the Shield for your special occasion! :)

Thank Mel W
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