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SS Shieldhall, Southampton

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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.

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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Accommodations in the city center are convenient, and a range of options is available. Alternatively, Ocean Village is a neighborhood close to the marina with hip pubs and restaurants. Hostels and B&Bs with affordable nightly rates populate Highfield and the neighborhoods that surround the university.
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  • Went with wife and 14 year old daughter on the 27th May. Was a little bit cold and windy but this was more than compensated for the warm welcome of the crew and helpers. Even our daughter said she enj...  more »
  • We had an excellent afternoon on the Shieldhall cruise with Titanic theme. The crew were friendly and were clear in their explanations of the workings of the ship. The commentary about the route and s...  more »
  • Excellent trip on a hugely interesting steamship. Crew were very friendly and engine and boiler rooms open for exploration. Highly recommended!  more »
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  • Wonderful experience. The ship is run by volunteers really interested to keep her running. One of the oldest steamships still working and running about in the UK. Worth a visit.
  • 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.
  • Got a wonderful tour of the ship. The volunteers who are working here are super friendly and helpful. Recommended.
  • Living history with which you can really interact.