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SS Shieldhall

Sailing from Southampton to Poole
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Kingston Lacy,
Knoll Gardens, Bucklers Hard and the Beaulieu River
Staying in the heart of the New Forest
Rhinefield House Hotel
16 – 19 August 2020 (3 nights)

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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 can experience the golden age of steam on a trip to Poole from Southampton Docks.  Steam through Southampton Water, The Needles, Hengistbury Head and Poole Harbour, passing Brownsea Island and Sandbanks before berthing at Poole Quay.   Visit the impressive engine room with its original steam engines at work and the bridge, with its traditional instruments and gleaming brass work or walk the teak decks, relax in the Saloon and enjoy a range of refreshments, hot and cold during the six hour voyage.

Stay for three nights at the four star Rhinefield House Hotel near Brockenhurst, a magnificent historic country mansion set in rolling acres of landscaped gardens and ornamental waterways within the heart of the New Forest but also an easy journey to both ports.  Check into the hotel on Sunday 16 August before a welcome drink and dinner.

Monday 17 August:  Journey to Southampton to join SS Shieldhall for the 10am departure.  Arrive at Poole 4 pm where the coach will meet and return to the hotel.

Tuesday 18 August: First to Bournemouth for a tour of The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery.   This fascinating historic house was home of two Victorian collectors and travel enthusiasts, Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes.    As a birthday present Merton gave his wife this splendid exotic seaside villa on a cliff-top overlooking the sea.  They then filled the house with beautiful objects from their travels across the world  -  a remarkable collection of British paintings, sculpture, furniture and ceramics.

Continue into Dorset to visit Kingston Lacy.  An elegant 17th century Italian inspired country mansion, the residence of the powerful and flamboyant Bankes family who surrounded  themselves with only the finest art and sculpture which resulted in an internationally acclaimed art collection of around 200 pictures, including paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Lely, Titian, Jan Brueghel and Tintoretto. The Egyptian Room houses the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK.  Returning to the hotel crossing over the forest with a short stop en route at Knoll Gardens. A peak time to see the abundance of ornamental grasses and meadow-style drifts of flowering perennials which merge almost seamlessly across its 4-acre garden with spectacular effect.

Wednesday 19 August:  Check out of your rooms before travelling through the forest to Bucklers Hard to enjoy the picturesque village, maritime museum, shipwrights' workshop and beautiful river views.  There will be a thirty minute boat trip along the Beaulieu River, accompanied by commentary revealing the history and wildlife that inhabits the river. Light refreshments can be purchased before returning to Brockenhurst Station for 2pm for those returning by train and then the hotel.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Three nights Rhinefield House Hotel with full English breakfast and dinner
  • Entries, tickets and boat cruises
  • Coaching and Heritage Touring Representative


Price per person: £660

Single supplement: £65 per night (3 nights)
(double rooms for sole occupancy)

Non-refundable deposit: £175 pp


Nearest Station:  Brockenhurst (frequent mainline trains to London) – Parking at hotel

Rhinefield House Hotel near Brockenhurst

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad.   Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.