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Worth including in your Dockyard visit

Interesting addition to an Historic Dockyard visit. Real active workshop, renovating and conserving... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ms_Chissock
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great mixture, lots to see

This is a very good use of one of the old boathouses. Many little crafts inside, with some good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
martyblack83
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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...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting addition to an Historic Dockyard visit. Real active workshop, renovating and conserving old boats. Cafe and toilets available here. Plus some interactive items on first floor for younger visitors.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very good use of one of the old boathouses. Many little crafts inside, with some good history and exhibitions relating to the site. The most fascinating part is the boatbuilding and I think it has something for everyone. Definitely a good place...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Part of the dockyard attractions and interesting to watch the people at work. Also some interesting vessels on the upper level.

Thank Stevejdp
Reviewed 10 October 2018

To see an active small boat building school and work space was remarkable as this is one of the arts that is fading away in the modern world. It only take a short period of time, but well woth a pop-in. And it's free!

Thank 997DavidD
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Boatbuilding and small naval craft in this huge warehouse building, that is free to visit. A good surprise seeing this. There is a cafe/restaurant onsite.

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Boathouse #4 works to keep the craft of wooden boat building alive. One can watch as craftsmen and women along with thier apprentances work constructing new wooden boats and repairing older ones. It has an amazing collection of wooden boats of all types.

Thank P8977NBjohnl
Reviewed 25 September 2018

We looked in and didn't see anyone working, by the look of some of the vessels in the boathouse restoration appears to be of a high standard; but really unless you are into that sort of thing there isn't much to look at.

Thank JackoMiddlesbrough
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Boat building warehouse with a restaurant and activities for all the family on the mezzanine floor. Educational and interesting

Thank BlackRose200
Reviewed 29 August 2018

If your penchant is for smaller ships/boats, preferably made of wood, then this is your place. Some excellent examples of old naval boats being repaired and refurbished. I would move to Portsmouth just to be able to work in here.

Thank Gordon R
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

The huge industrial workshop, with access to the harbour at one end both houses the small boat collection of the Royal Navy and also boat building and repair, an activity that has been undertaken here for several centuries and which, today you can undertake on...More

Thank Ian C
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