Boathouse 4

Boathouse 4 Located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Historic Boat Collection and Exhibition. Boatbuilding and activity centre in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
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Free entry after 1200 noon each day.

Vote for CMB4R if you agree that our volunteers have done an incredible job with the replica CMB
05/01/2024

Vote for CMB4R if you agree that our volunteers have done an incredible job with the replica CMB

The Classic Boat Awards have been decided by public vote every year since 2007, and we want you to help choose our winners again in 2024

05/01/2024
HSL 102 is too big for us to handle inside Boathouse 4 so she’s gone to Lymington for Christmas where our friends at BER...
21/12/2023

HSL 102 is too big for us to handle inside Boathouse 4 so she’s gone to Lymington for Christmas where our friends at BERTHON will look after her

Beautiful shots of the roof inside Boathouse 4📸 We like to admire our north east facing fenestration typical of industri...
12/12/2023

Beautiful shots of the roof inside Boathouse 4📸

We like to admire our north east facing fenestration typical of industrial architecture of the early 20th century

12/12/2023

There are festive activities to enjoy at Boathouse 4 - making it the pick for Day 12.
Youngsters can make their own badges, design tree decorations and complete the activity sheet - all in addition to the interactive displays open year-round.
Christmas at Boathouse 4 runs to 22 December.
Details: https://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-at-boathouse-4-p2295041

Welcome home HMS Prince of Wales!👋🏻 Family and friends welcomed home their loved ones just in time for Christmas after b...
11/12/2023

Welcome home HMS Prince of Wales!👋🏻

Family and friends welcomed home their loved ones just in time for Christmas after being deployed for 4 months🎄

A closer look at some of the fantastic handcrafted Christmas decorations made by our volunteers last year! 🎄Every Christ...
04/12/2023

A closer look at some of the fantastic handcrafted Christmas decorations made by our volunteers last year! 🎄

Every Christmas we hold a Christmas tree decoration competition with volunteers handcrafting decs from sustainable and recycled materials. The winner gets decided by majority vote at the volunteer christmas party and all the decs get hung up on the tree for everyone to enjoy!

Keep an eye out for this years decorations👀

We are ready for Christmas! ☃️ Starting today until the 22nd of December we have a range of activities that all the fami...
01/12/2023

We are ready for Christmas! ☃️

Starting today until the 22nd of December we have a range of activities that all the family can get involved with.

Take a picture in front of our Christmas tree and tag us to feature on our social media!🎄
All ornaments on our Christmas tree have been handcrafted by our volunteers from recycled or sustainable material!

28/11/2023
Incredible! 7,000 people visiting the Love Southsea Christmas market on Saturday alone! We look forward to welcoming you...
25/11/2023

Incredible! 7,000 people visiting the Love Southsea Christmas market on Saturday alone!

We look forward to welcoming you tomorrow to another day (and the last☹️) of the Christmas market!

Whose excited for the Christmas Market this weekend?! With lots to see and do, why not pop down for some Christmas shopp...
21/11/2023

Whose excited for the Christmas Market this weekend?!

With lots to see and do, why not pop down for some Christmas shopping and then stop off at Boathouse 4?

We’ve had a big move about on the workshop floor… That’s one of the great things about Boathouse 4, is it is never the s...
14/11/2023

We’ve had a big move about on the workshop floor…

That’s one of the great things about Boathouse 4, is it is never the same when you come back and revisit. So why not come down and see what’s changed!

12/11/2023

We will remember them

Did you know we are  #8 of 107 things to do in Portsmouth on Tripadvisor!The best part is... we are free to enter! Just ...
10/11/2023

Did you know we are #8 of 107 things to do in Portsmouth on Tripadvisor!

The best part is... we are free to enter! Just ask for a Historic Quarter Pass at the Visitor Center and you can access the dockyard site and enter Boathouse 4, Boathouse 7 and all the cafes and gift shops!

Throwback Thursday!HMS Illustrious, nicknamed L***y, sailing back to Portsmouth Harbour in 2011. Although not as much as...
09/11/2023

Throwback Thursday!

HMS Illustrious, nicknamed L***y, sailing back to Portsmouth Harbour in 2011.

Although not as much as a throwback as previous 'Throwback Thursdays', over 10 years ago HMS Illustrious completed a £40million maintenance and upgrade programme at the Rosyth dockyard in Fife

📸: Digital South

As mentioned by The News, Portsmouth we are a top spot in Portsmouth to visit if the weather is rubbish but you want esc...
04/11/2023

As mentioned by The News, Portsmouth we are a top spot in Portsmouth to visit if the weather is rubbish but you want escape a day at home!☔️

With an activity sheet for the kids and an interactive exhibit upstairs, why not come and visit us?

We are free to enter, just ask for a Heritage Quarter Pass at the Visitor Centre to gain free entry onto the site and into Boathouse 4

The Met Office has forecast some miserable weather this weekend – so we’ve put together a list of activities to help you beat the rainy day blues.

We get some of the best views of Royal Navy ships leaving the Dockyard 📸HMS Kent left this morning followed by HMS Queen...
03/11/2023

We get some of the best views of Royal Navy ships leaving the Dockyard 📸

HMS Kent left this morning followed by HMS Queen Elizabeth. The sight never gets old!

Throwback Thursday!HMS Gloucester passing the Round Tower as it leaves Portsmouth Harbour in 1990. The Round Tower and O...
02/11/2023

Throwback Thursday!

HMS Gloucester passing the Round Tower as it leaves Portsmouth Harbour in 1990.

The Round Tower and Old Portsmouth are still favorite places for families, friends and locals to welcome back Royal Naval ships

📸: The News archive

We've had a blast over the Halloween holidays and enjoyed welcoming you all to Boathouse 4!We even had some new addition...
31/10/2023

We've had a blast over the Halloween holidays and enjoyed welcoming you all to Boathouse 4!

We even had some new additions this year take over Boathouse 4, did you spot the skeletons making mischief around the museum?

📸: Steve Wenham

Rainy days means indoor based activities for the kids🌧️All activities at Boathouse 4 are inside and out of the rain. So ...
27/10/2023

Rainy days means indoor based activities for the kids🌧️

All activities at Boathouse 4 are inside and out of the rain. So why not pop in during your visit to the Dockyard? ☔️

Throwback Thursday!HMS Ark Royal berthing at South Railway Jetty in 1972. South Railway Jetty is right next door to Boat...
26/10/2023

Throwback Thursday!

HMS Ark Royal berthing at South Railway Jetty in 1972.

South Railway Jetty is right next door to Boathouse 4,and is where the gun salutes take place

📸: Mike Nolan's collection

Great news for Portsmouth, Portsmouth Creates has been successfully awarded Arts Council England funding for an ambitiou...
25/10/2023

Great news for Portsmouth, Portsmouth Creates has been successfully awarded Arts Council England funding for an ambitious programme driving growth, developing talent, access and inclusion for creatives and communities over the next 3 years.

Plans include developing a Mentoring Programme, a Youth Board Development, a Business Support Programme, Sector Mapping that will identify gaps and opportunities across the city, a Creative Directory and a programme of events that will support the development of the sector.

We love hearing your feedback from your visits to Boathouse 4!We have daily 2pm tours of the workshop floor and pontoon,...
24/10/2023

We love hearing your feedback from your visits to Boathouse 4!

We have daily 2pm tours of the workshop floor and pontoon, led by one of our knowledgeable volunteers. Book on with a Visitor Host on the day or pre-book a space by emailing [email protected]

‼️Skipjack is still looking for a new home!!‼️She would make the perfect project boat for anyone looking to work on thei...
23/10/2023

‼️Skipjack is still looking for a new home!!‼️

She would make the perfect project boat for anyone looking to work on their woodwork skills or to fix up a boat of their own.

She is free to anyone who would like her however you will need to arrange for her to be collected.

Please email [email protected] for further info

🎃It’s Halloween at Boathouse 4!🎃We have plenty for all the family to get involved with including badge making, design yo...
23/10/2023

🎃It’s Halloween at Boathouse 4!🎃

We have plenty for all the family to get involved with including badge making, design your own pumpkin and a Trick or Treat hunt with a prize at the end🍬🍭

Why not take a picture upstairs in front of our Halloween photo backdrop and use some props to make your pictures even more spooky!📸
(Remember to tag us in your pictures to feature on our social media!)

21/10/2023



On the morning of 21 October 1805, after the British fleet had been warned to prepare for battle, Nelson summoned Flag Lieutenant John Pasco and told him he wanted to ‘amuse the fleet with a signal’.

He planned to signal, ‘England confides [is confident] that every man will do his duty’, but Pasco suggested he use the word ‘expects’ instead.

21/10/2023

Falklands conflict landing craft F8 heading out on one of her 20 minute trips

Last pontoon open day of 2023 is in full swing! Other than the odd shower, we’ve had lovely conditions with the sunshine...
21/10/2023

Last pontoon open day of 2023 is in full swing!

Other than the odd shower, we’ve had lovely conditions with the sunshine bringing lots of you down onto the pontoons☀️

All our boats are open to the public, so feel free to come on down and say hello! 👋🏻

Throwback Thursday! HMS Vanguard run aground in Portsmouth on her way to be scrapped, Aug 4, 1960📸: Naval Historia      ...
19/10/2023

Throwback Thursday!

HMS Vanguard run aground in Portsmouth on her way to be scrapped, Aug 4, 1960

📸: Naval Historia

Fancy joining our fantastic team? Enjoy welcoming visitors and telling them the story of Boathouse 4 and our collection ...
18/10/2023

Fancy joining our fantastic team? Enjoy welcoming visitors and telling them the story of Boathouse 4 and our collection of boats?

Then this job will be right up your street…

Exciting opportunity to join our team of Visitor Hosts in Boathouse 4, at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard!

Our Visitor Hosts are a vital part of the visitor experience in Boathouse 4, talking to visitors about the building and our heritage boat collection, booking boat trips and answering all manner of questions. The role is part-time, approximately 60 hours per month across weekends and weekdays. If you have excellent customer service skills and would like to work in this unique environment you can find full details of the job and how to apply on our website: https://www.pnbpropertytrust.org/staff-vacancies/88/

Free to a good homeThis Lymington L Class called “Skipjack” is an ex-student shipwright practice vessel.  As shown in th...
18/10/2023

Free to a good home

This Lymington L Class called “Skipjack” is an ex-student shipwright practice vessel. As shown in the images, she is largely disassembled but would make a good project for an individual interested in restoring her. She includes many of her original deck gear and some spars.

She is free to a good home however the new owner will be responsible for moving her. Skipjack is currently inside and ashore in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

If you would like more information or would like to rehome Skipjack, please e-mail [email protected]

Please feel free to share to relevant groups

11/10/2023
Just over a week and a half before Halloween kicks off at Boathouse 4!🎃 From design your own pumpkin to a trick or treat...
10/10/2023

Just over a week and a half before Halloween kicks off at Boathouse 4!🎃

From design your own pumpkin to a trick or treat hunt, there will be plenty of activities to do from the 21st to the 29th of October

With the English weather being unpredictable, all our activities are inside in boathouse out of the rain, wind and cold 🌧️

04/10/2023

Second World War Hurricane and Spitfire flyover our 1942 ‘Spitfire of the Sea’ Motor Gun Boat 81 at the Southampton Boat Show

Our passengers coming back from their certainly had a trip to remember!

This year, Love Southsea will be holding their indoor Christmas market inside Boathouse 5 on the 25th and 26th of Novemb...
26/09/2023

This year, Love Southsea will be holding their indoor Christmas market inside Boathouse 5 on the 25th and 26th of November!🎅🏼

With craft stands, food, entertainment and FREE entry what more could you want?!❄️

One for your diaries! This year's Love Southsea's indoor market has got bigger and better than ever!
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November hosted by inside the beaut of a venue Boathouse 5!
I'm going to say, as Love Southsea markets turn 15 this October this indoor market is going to be the biggest we have ever put on!
as well as all your incredible local makers and creators, we have with a full weekend program of entertainment for all the family.
So we'll see you all there. Don't forget the season shop local and keep the pound in Pompey!
This market is free entry via the Portsmouth historic dockyard main gate .

17/09/2023

HSL 102 and Shieldhall Steamship passing each other at the Southampton Boat Show ⚓️

16/09/2023

Our Shipshape Network South East Hub Boathouse 4 is at the Southampton Boat Show this weekend with their flotilla of historic naval vessels.

Fancy a trip on landing craft Foxtrot 8, HSL 102, or MGB 81? Find them at the Marina!

Pics by National Historic Ships UK Director Hannah Cunliffe who is at the festival today visiting as many Shipshape projects and historic vessels as she can pack in to a very busy day.

CBM4R is also available to look over at the Boatshow. She is in a different part of the show, around the corner from our...
16/09/2023

CBM4R is also available to look over at the Boatshow. She is in a different part of the show, around the corner from our other boats and probably only there until tomorrow evening but come and see her up close and chat to the volunteers that built her

Address

Boathouse 4, HM Naval Base
Portsmouth
PO13LJ

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 10am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 10am - 4:30pm
Thursday 10am - 4:30pm
Friday 10am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10am - 4:30pm
Sunday 10am - 4:30pm

Telephone

+442392893326

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