GOLDEN Ticket, 2-Day Steam Experience

A deeper experience back in time ...

There is great news for steam enthusiasts who would like to get some "hands on" experience on a wide variety of steam engines. On board Shieldhall, there are twenty engines ranging from one to eight hundred horsepower, single cylinder to twin Triple Expansion, all powered by two Scotch boilers.

You will EXPERIENCE the following ... 

  • Safe Practice regimes aboard.
  • The production and utilisation of steam by Shieldhall's boilers and engines.
  • The final stage of steam-raising on the day before a sailing (GOLDEN Ticket only)
  • Pre-sailing day checks on the steering engine (GOLDEN Ticket only)
  • Preparation of auxiliaries and main engines for sailing.
  • Time at sea with opportunities to operate boilers and engines under supervision.
  • A spell at the wheel on the Bridge.

The Experiences have been designed for recreational purposes, to give interested parties an insight into conservation in action on a 1950s steamship that is today listed in the National Historic Ships Register. 

Included in the price of this GOLDEN ticket for the sailing date you are interested in, is approximately 6 hours aboard on the day before, to be spent assisting in the gradual process of raising steam to the required working boiler pressure. 

On sailing day, time is spent in the machinery spaces preparing the ship for sea - and taking her out - under supervision by members of our all-volunteer crew. 

You will board the ship approximately 2 ½ hours before the sailing and leave approximately 1 hour after the sailing. 

All details will be sent to you in the joining instructions.

The Experience will be completed by the presentation of a personal Certificate!

A one-year Membership of the Solent Steam Packet Ltd, the charity that operates Shieldhall, is also included.

How do I purchase a ticket?

Please note that this unique experience is limited to 4 persons per date.

To purchase your tickets, please select any of the dates below and add the ticket to your basket and follow the process through. After you have purchased your ticket, a generic email will be sent to you. Please retain this e-ticket which confirms your presence on your chosen sailing date. The Shieldhall Ticket Manager will be in contact with further detailed joining instructions relative to your chosen steam experience.

If you have any questions, please email or click here to view our frequently asked questions page.



Golden Ticket


Friday 29th May and Saturday 30th May 2020

Cat. no: 2930062020-a-GOLDEN-EXPERIENCE-TICKET

Golden Ticket


Friday 17th July & Saturday 18th July 2020

Cat. no: 1718072020-a-GOLDEN-EXPERIENCE-TICKET

Golden Ticket


Wednesday 10th June and Thursday 11th June 2020

Cat. no: 1011062020-a-GOLDEN-EXPERIENCE-TICKET