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SS Shieldhall

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Address: Berth 48, Gate 4, Eastern Docks, Southampton SO15 0AL, England
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The Steamship Shieldhall is the largest working steam ship in Britain. A...

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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Going back in time

Great time on board loads to see crew very helpful and knowledgeable of running the ship even allowed to see engine room

Reviewed 1 week ago
John S
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great time on board loads to see crew very helpful and knowledgeable of running the ship even allowed to see engine room

Thank John S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on board with the kids to have a quick look round and to get lunch. We stayed a lot longer then anticipated as it was very interesting to wander about a proper vessel and find out about life at sea. The engine room was marvellous to see and as a geek I loved it. The ships engineer was... More 

Thank 3333ssss3333
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

The ship itself is incredibly interesting and you can go down to the engine rooms and talk to the mainly volunteers who maintain the ship. They are very knowledgeable and very welcoming. The particular evening that we spent on board was a theatre evening with an old time musical hall theme and it was fabulous. The theatre event took over... More 

Thank jacqueline t
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

The Shieldhall can be hired for private parties - its a splendid venue so long as you remember that the tide will affect the slope of the gangplank !

Thank fromSouthampton
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Fortunate to spend a day on hard this lovely steamship sailing up southampton water. The crew were mainly volunteers and more than happy to share their knowledge. The whistle has to be heard and many other vessels on the water responded to its call. Fabulous experience and if you like steam engines don't miss this great opportunity.

Thank shamwari
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We visited this as part of Southampton's Music in the City event and I'm ashamed to say that as a lifelong Sotonian I had NO IDEA it was here! I'm not sure of it's history but I didn't know it has been restored over the years by a team of volunteers, who work and fund raise tirelessly to keep it... More 

Thank Taymarellen78
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Train to Poole, Shieldhall day out to the bay for Air Tattoo. Lovely day out. Great place for viewing and chat with the crew who are in love with this old ship. Visit the bridge and engine room. And I'm not a steam geek, but this is a beautifully kept ship. Very relaxing day out.

Thank Markomer
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6 reviews
Reviewed 20 September 2016

SS Sheildhall was docked in Poole harbour for a couple of days and having arrived with a deflated feeling of what Poole had to offer I thought I would have a quick wander around the ship to kill time. I`m glad I did, the ole fellas running the show are really friendly and knowledgeable given they are all volunteers its... More 

Thank trevW35
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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 the bridge, the engine room and boilers. Seeing the historic steam engines pounding away with... More 

Thank ianmantel
Southampton, United Kingdom
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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 so had a good look around on all decks including engine room , plus had... More 

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