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Boathouse No 4

Victory Gate | Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ, England
+44 23 9281 7119
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Absolutely fascinating

It could be so easy to either bypass this attraction or not spend enough time here. I went in a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
NB1957
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Worth a quick pop in.

This building has several boats that where being resroted there is a little activity area upstairs... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sirwolfe
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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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Boathouse 4 is a free attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, combining an exciting interactive exhibition, traditional boatbuilding training and a brasserie overlooking the harbour under one roof. Boathouse 4 is home to the UK's largest collection of small Royal Naval craft. Discover the heroic stories of their crews at the sharp end of naval operations, be adventurous and climb the mast rigging, and see traditional boat building skills in action. The International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Portsmouth and Solent Marine Academy are training a new generation of students in the techniques of traditional boatbuilding, passing on skills vital to the ongoing preservation of Britain's historic vessels.
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Victory Gate | Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ, England
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"boat building"
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"under restoration"
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"historic dockyard"
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"small craft"
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"various stages"
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"mezzanine floor"
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"wood working"
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"making machine"
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"building skills"
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"traditional boat"
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"climbing experience"
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"hands on activities"
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"superb views"
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"all ages"
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"interactive displays"
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"guided tour"
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"well worth a visit"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It could be so easy to either bypass this attraction or not spend enough time here. I went in a couple of times as I was drawn back to it. You need to allow yourself time to read about the boats as some of them...More

Thank NB1957
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building has several boats that where being resroted there is a little activity area upstairs for kids and grownups to mess around with and learn.

Thank Sirwolfe
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

My Grandaughters love it here. They get to make rope, climb, play and have a bit of fun. Plenty to do.

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

Really enjoyed watching the making and repair of the boats. There is a wall with boatyard phrases some of which are amusing. We managed to get a cup of tea in the restaurant even though it was about to close so thanks.

Thank handbagscotland
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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

The interactive sections upstairs were interesting for my 9 year old son but I would have expected more downstairs with respect to boat building. The small display of rope making was cute, but more about boat making would have been good.

Thank Barry & Julie J
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We popped in here after we'd been round the historic dockyard. Working boatyard where boats are in various stages of building or repair. Go up to the first floor level for a walk around and get a good view of all the hive of industry...More

Thank sfmann106
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

You can watch the students and teachers making classic wooden boats from the balcony above and the have a great lunch at the B H restaurant with quality food and good service.

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

This is a lovely location and could be made more welcoming. Space is not used very well and food is of average quality. The shop area is appealing and draws in people, so if the restaurant space could be less empty and draughty this would...More

Thank Adionahina
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Lynne R, Guest Relations Manager at Boathouse No 4, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Thank you for your review, although I suspect that this is a review for Boathouse 7 as Boathouse 4 does not have a shop but I will pass your comments on to Boathouse 7.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

learnt a lot, taken around on the tour, really good to see apprentices learning and working. on the job. i want a RAF rescue launch, please (some hope!!)

Thank pompey46
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

We were visiting Portsmouth Historic Dockyard over Easter and finally found the time to do the 2pm tour of Boathouse No4, I would recommend this tour to everyone. You are taken onto the boathouse floor by one of the volunteers and as they are volunteers...More

Thank Samantha W
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