About Boathouse 4
Boathouse 4 is a new free attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, combining an exciting interactive exhibition, traditional boatbuilding training, and a brasserie overlooking the harbour all under one roof.
The Boathouse was restored and opened to the public with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Regional Growth Fund.
On the ground floor of Boathouse 4, the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Portsmouth, and Highbury College Portsmouth teach traditional boatbuilding skills and marine engineering.
On the upper floor The Forgotten Craft exhibition tells the incredible story of small boats in the British Navy, including the display of several small craft. The exhibition overlooks the main workshop, so visitors can watch real boatbuilding in action. For those feeling extra courageous, put your wits to the test by scaling our amazing ‘Mast & Rigging’ experience to climb to the top of the crow’s nest!
(Small fee applies).
Midships cookhouse, also on the upper level, offers a stunning view of the Harbour as well as superb food, drinks and service.