SS Shieldhall


Type:Boat Trip

Berth 48, Dock Gate 4, Eastern Docks, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3QN

Tel: 0844 357 2329

SS Shieldhall


SS Shieldhall is a heritage cargo/passenger steamship included in the National Historic Fleet. Launched on the Clyde in 1955, she was built on classic lines and retains her original machinery and traditional wheelhouse.

Withdrawn from commercial service in 1985, she was purchased by the Solent Steam Packet Charity who continue to operate Shieldhall today. Now based in Southampton and operated by a team of dedicated volunteers, enjoy alongside functions or sail along Southampton Water / The Solent with a selection from 2 hr to all-day cruises.

As part of your visit, see the impressive engine room with its original steam engines at work and the bridge, with its traditional instruments and gleaming brasswork; talk to the captain and our crew; listen to the commentary as we pass the sights of Southampton Water and The Solent; pass close to the Great Ocean Liners and container ships; walk the teak decks; relax in the Saloon with our wide range of refreshments including tea / coffee, a range of Titanic Ales, wine and hot and cold food.

Enjoy the cruising style of yesterday, as it used to be – today!


Book Tickets



  • Restaurant

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From north, M3 jct 14, from west M27 jct 3, from east M27 jct 5. Follow signs to Waterfront and Dock Gate 4.

Public Transport Directions

From Southampton Central train station take taxi or bus to Eastern Docks.


  • Tourism South East Award -The Beautiful South - Awards for Excellence 2020 - 2021 Gold The Beautiful South - Awards for Excellence 2020 - 2021 Gold 2021
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Bronze Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Bronze 2023

Opening Times

2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Be part of Shieldhall afloat and in steam - cruises sail out of Southampton on 26, 27 May, 16, 17, 30 June, 1, 7, 8, 21, 22, 28, 29 July, 10, 11, 27 August and 15, 16 September 2018. Cruises sail out of Poole, Dorset, on 31 August and 1, 2 and 3 September 2018.

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