Our pontoons will be open to the public on the following dates.

Saturday 8th April (MGB 81 will not be here)

Saturday 27th May - booking up fast, there are currently only spaces left on the 1400 trip on MGB 81

Saturday 1st July

Saturday 12th August

Saturday 9th September

Saturday 21st October

What happens on a pontoon open day? 

Boathouse 4 is free to enter, just ask for an Historic Quarter Pass in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Visitor Centre. On pontoon open days our collection of operational historic boats are open to the public with the opportunity to step aboard and chat to our knowledgeable volunteers.  There are boat trips and charters available for you to book on to at additional cost.

What boats can you expect to see at a pontoon open day?

Motor Gun Boat (MGB) 81

RAF High Speed Launch (HSL) 102

LCVP Foxtrot 8

Seaplane Tender (ST) 1502

VIC 56

Steam Pinnace 199

Motor Anti-Submarine Boat (MASB) 27

Click on the boat names for more information.



We are running trips around Portsmouth Harbour on Landing Craft F8 on our pontoon open days (see dates below).  Trips are 20 minutes long and £10 per head.  Standard trip times are 1300, 1340, 1420 1500 and 1520.  Passengers must be aged 5 or over.

To book or for additional information please email vc@pnbpt.com

Watch this space for further dates for F8 during 2023.


We recognise that chartering a whole boat isn’t always an option for some, so we are offering individual tickets on MGB 81 and HSL 102 during pontoon open days.

Trips run for an hour and cost £130 per person on MGB 81 and £100 per person on HSL 102.

Standard trip times on pontoon open days are 1030, 1200 and 1330, email vc@pnbpt.com to find out more information and availability.


Full boat charter information click here





International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Portsmouth

IBTC - building better boatbuilders, conserving vessels, re-skilling and career changing, all within the amazing Boathouse 4.

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Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust

Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust is responsible for the conservation and re-use of the buildings in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. In addition to Boathouse 4, PNBPT also owns and operates the Dockyard Apprentice Exhibition within the Historic Dockyard; .

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Boathouse #4 Restaurant

Mezzanine level venue with fabulous views of Portsmouth Harbour.

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International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Portsmouth

Our main course is the City & Guilds 2463 Level 3 Practical Boatbuilding diploma run over 47 weeks and has 2 intakes per year.  Find out about our course start dates.

Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust

Ever wanted to ‘have a go’ on some traditional boatbuilding tools or take part in a wooden boat build? Find out about volunteering with us and our activities, events, tours, and talks.

Boathouse #4 Restaurant

Boathouse #4 restaurant, offers a unique maritime setting for corporate and private events, marrying original features with a fresh modern feel celebrating Portsmouth Naval Heritage.
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Victory Gate
HM Naval Base

Restaurant and Venue Hire

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IBTC & General Enquiries

T: 02392893328 E: vc@pnbpt.com 



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