In The Footsteps of The Spitfire

2020 Dates

2 hour cruises - £33.00

  • Sunday 31st May (late morning cruise)
  • Saturday 15th August
  • Sunday 16th August
  • Saturday 12th September

3 hour cruises - £41.00

  • Saturday 16th May
  • Sunday 31st May (afternoon cruise)
  • Saturday 8th August
  • Saturday 5th September
  • Sunday 6th September
  • Sunday 13th September

'In the Footsteps of The Spitfire'. Spend a day in Southampton - on land and sea - exploring the maritime city's connections with the iconic Spitfire. Visit Solent Sky Museum and hear about the Spitfire's designer A J Mitchell and the history of the world’s greatest fighting aircraft; take a guided walk with a Southampton Guide through Woolston on the opposite bank of the River Itchen, once home to the Supermarine Spitfire Factory, and a primary target for the bombing raids of the Second World War, before boarding the SS Shieldhall for a cruise along Southampton Water. The Shieldhall is the country's oldest passenger-cargo steamship. Your cruise will pass down Southampton Water towards Calshot, home to the Schneider Air Trophy Races of the 1920s. You are welcome to visit the Engine Room and Boiler Room on Shieldhall and also meet the Captain on the Bridge!.

* (If groups would like to book a Tour Manager to accompany them throughout the day, this can be made available at a cost of £165).

Refreshments: Available at extra cost in Southampton or on SS Shieldhall

Guided tour of Woolston lasts approx. 1 1/2 hours (included in price).

Solent Sky Museum is open from 10am daily. We would recommend the day commencing with a visit to Solent Sky Museum, followed by the guided tour of Woolston, though these can be followed in any order. The day would finish with the SS Shieldhall Cruise.

For more info, please call the Ticket Manager, SS Shieldhall, tel: 0844 357 2329 or e-mail

The Shieldhall Ticket Manager will work with you to maximise your day in Southampton and help co-ordinate your booking with other partners.