Go hands-on with traditional boat-building techniques at Boathouse 4

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Climb the rigging or discover traditional ship-building techniques at Boathouse 4.

Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home to Portsmouth's newest free museum and heritage attraction, Boathouse 4. Housed within the historic boat-building structure of the same name, this new experience is a must-see for anyone that wants to get hands-on with history.

Boathouse 4 is an all-new experience showcasing the traditional techniques and skills that it takes to build and conserve historic boats and vessels.

This new attraction is home to hands-on children's activities and a brand-new exhibition ,“The Forgotten Craft” conveys the true stories of the smaller boats that played such a large part in the Royal Navy's history.

Daredevils looking for an exhilarating challenge should try out their exciting new indoor mast climbing experience. Discover what life was like up on the riggings.

Content provided by Visit Portsmouth

Read more Close

For more local tourist information:

Refine your search:

Mast Climbing at Boathouse 4Mast Climbing at Boathouse 4 © Visit Portsmouth
Go hands-on at Boathouse 4Go hands-on at Boathouse 4 © Visit Portsmouth
Boathouse 4, at Portsmouth Historic DockyardBoathouse 4, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard © Visit Portsmouth
Traditional Shipbuilding Techniques at Boathouse 4Traditional Shipbuilding Techniques at Boathouse 4 © Visit Portsmouth

Customer survey …

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website.

It should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Please click here to be taken to the survey

To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a

Access your account

Enter your e-mail address or username.
Enter the password that accompanies your e-mail.
Forgot your password? Recover your account
Don't have an account? Register an account