Steamship Shieldhall sails into Top 10 Attractions in the Country listing!

Our volunteer crew have been celebrating Shieldhall - now 63 years old - was recognised amongst the country’s top 10 attractions. Research commissioned by Premier Inn and using data from TripAdvisor saw the Shieldhall sail into 5th position, ahead of the Mary Rose in Portsmouth, which was rated as No 9. Top of the list was a Manchester based Gin Distillery.* Shieldhall Marketing Director Nigel Philpott noted: ‘Being listed in the Top 10 rated attractions in the country is a wonderful recognition for our volunteer team. We were thrilled at becoming No 1 Thing to Do in Southampton on TripAdvisor, and this latest recognition is the icing on the cake. All our crew delight in welcoming guests on board and making sure they enjoy their cruise, whether they simply wish to sit back and enjoy listening to the commentary on the sights and sounds of the Solent; explore Shieldhall’s working spaces including the Engine Room, Boiler Room and Bridge, or relax in the comfort of the Saloon, with a hot tea or coffee, chilled wine or pint of real ale.’

Steamship Shieldhall marked 30 years of charitable ownership in 2018. It was back in 1988 that the recently formed charity the Solent Steam Packet purchased Shieldhall from Southern Water for her then scrap value of £20,000. Today Shieldhall is a regular site on Southampton Water and The Solent, giving passengers the opportunity to experience what it was like to take to sea on a steamship. It is access all areas once on board, with passengers encouraged to visit the Engine Room, Boiler Room and Bridge, and meet Shieldhall’s friendly and informative volunteer crew. Shieldhall has a licensed bar and galley, and a Saloon that seats 66. With plenty of covered and open deck space, Shieldhall is well equipped to enjoy her summer sailing programme, which for 2019 takes place on selected dates between 25 May and 15 September.

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Posted by Lewis Folland, Tue 30 Oct 2018