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SS Shieldhall, Southampton

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Tourist Spot
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.

You can hire the whole ship or join us for an excursion. You can relax in one of the quietest, smoothest ships on the sea. You can visit the engine room and bridge. Smell the steam or the polish or both! Meanwhile, you can still hire the ship for parties, weddings or meetings alongside the berth in Southampton.
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  • 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 a...  more »
  • 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 particula...  more »
  • 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 !  more »
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  • Got a wonderful tour of the ship. The volunteers who are working here are super friendly and helpful. Recommended.
  • Fantastic trip on the SS Shieldhall. Highly recommended for anyone in or around Southampton. They took us to see the docks all the way up to where the container ships dock and unload and down to Fawley where the Oil Tankers load. A commentary was provided explaining everything along the way. When returning we passed 4 cruise liners and both them and the Shiedhall blew their horns at each other. As visitors you are allowed on the bridge and in the engine rooms where the volunteer crew are very welcoming and ready to talk about their ship. A fantastic day out.
  • Interesting day on this boat. Got to see the engine room which was very warm. Had a bacon bap in the cabin area. Nice view of the sea and dockyard. Had an old style bus drive us down to it and they day we went it was all free :) Would recommend to others.
  • Nice time on only steam boat in working order in UK and all areas of the ship can be visited including bridge and engine room
  • Have sailed on her many times, always a fabulous experience. Enthusiastic crew, access to all areas including those parts of a ship that passengers are not normally allowed to visit (bridge and engine room), the unmistakable smell of steam and the best sounding ships whistle ever.