At Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, you can watch boatbuilding in action and learn about the vital role of small boats in the Royal Navy, from the wooden cutters that ferried Lord Nelson to the cockleshell heroes in their canoes and the powerful motorboats that helped to win the Second World War. 

The exhibition is open seven days a week from 10am to 5.30pm in the summer and 10am to 5.00pm in the winter. Entry is free with a valid Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Attraction Ticket


Boats, activities and fun interactive features

The exhibition is free to enter and features a range of fun interactives which bring these small craft to life. Take a seat in the activity boat and see if you can row in time with the other sailors. 

Test your strength and learn how block and tackle systems can make lifting even the heaviest of boats the easiest of tasks.  

Visit the boat theatre and discover the heroic exploits of the Coastal Forces and daring missions of the Second World War motor boats.  

For those feeling extra courageous, put your wits to the test by scaling our amazing Mast Climbing Experience and climbing to the top of the crow’s nest!   This activity is free for All Attraction Ticket Holders (small fee applies to all other climbers).

Exhibition activities 

Boathouse 4
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Victory Gate
HM Naval Base

Restaurant and Venue Hire

T: 023 9282 6077     E: boathouse4@baxterstorey.com

IBTC & General Enquiries

E: info@boathouse4.org

Exhibition & Mast Climbing Experience

T: 077 8750 3455     E: kerryjarvie@pnbpt.com


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