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You've all heard of "PS Waverley", that paddle steamer that comes down from Scotland and moors in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Steaming on the Shieldhall

Just loved this very special and unique experience. An old steam ship with just 200 passengers who... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2018
Cardiff, 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 June 16, 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You've all heard of "PS Waverley", that paddle steamer that comes down from Scotland and moors in the docks for a week or so because the weather is too bad to go out and then moves on to the Thames? :-) Well, the SS Shieldhall...More

Thank Richard_IOW_828
Reviewed September 26, 2018

Just loved this very special and unique experience. An old steam ship with just 200 passengers who have full access to all areas of the ship. On a very wet windy day we were worried if she would actually sail, she is large and not...More

3  Thank paul_doubler
Reviewed September 19, 2018

Such a fascinating experience to be able to wander round this old workhorse and see her working so well after more than 60 years. The 2 hr cruise up and down Southampton water, past 4 cruise ships and the Boat show was excellent and the...More

1  Thank Ged E
Reviewed September 18, 2018

It is fascinating to travel on this old steamship and as we watched four very large cruise ships leave port, emphasises how far things have improved on passengers ships in the last 60 or so years. The staff are friendly, knowledgable and helpful.

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Reviewed September 17, 2018

Booked for our wedding anniversary. We had a great day and watched as 4 awesome liners sailed past. Staff were great, very friendly and genuinely happy to answer any questions. Great to be able to see all parts of this lovely ship with none of...More

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Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

What a lovely vessel, experience and privilege to go out on Southampton water. Very friendly crew, lots of places to sit and get great views, drinks and snacks on board and a raffle was in place too! This was my second time on Shieldhall but...More

Thank Wenders50
Reviewed September 17, 2018

A lovely afternoon out on the Sheildhall to wave bon voyage to a possy of liners leaving on their cruises. Much hooting and whistling and a few beers :-) More or less full access to the ship - even bridge and engine room. Wonderful to...More

Thank Mal B
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Had a fantastic day onboard with our cubs & scouts very interactive , finishing the day with a trip on the Hamble Thank you for having us see you again

Thank kieronbland
Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

We had the most amazing time. Everyone who worked on the ship were so helpful and friendly. I couldn't say anything bad about the day. Ship is full of history and the volunteers on board were so knowledgeable nothing was too much trouble. Would definitely...More

Thank Beverley L
Reviewed September 6, 2018

Both days were fantastic. Anchored off Bournemouth to get the best of the Airshow. Going in and out of Poole Harbour with the scenery. Dolphins at the harbour entrance on the way out of Poole towards Southampton. Passing both Old Harry and the Needles in...More

Thank Richard B
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August 7, 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
August 23, 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
July 20, 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.