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IYRS School of Technology & Trades

Closes in 10 min: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Fascinating sailing history

This is a great place to learn about and to see first-hand the wooden boat building story. Open... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2018
Chris K
A must for boat lovers

The Coronet is 131 ft sailboat undergoing restoration. It is huge and offers a fascinating view of... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2017
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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3 Sep 2018
“Fascinating sailing history”
25 Jul 2017
“A must for boat lovers”
Home of the oldest American yacht in existence and school where students restore classic yachts.
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449 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6751
+1 401-848-5777
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

This is a great place to learn about and to see first-hand the wooden boat building story. Open work sheds and barns, very knowledgeable staff. Definitely a great place to visit in Newport.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Chris K
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

The Coronet is 131 ft sailboat undergoing restoration. It is huge and offers a fascinating view of the skeleton of the boat in progress. Staff at the school are knowledgeable and helpful. The school projects are beautiful. Best of all it's free!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Orsobear09
Reviewed 23 August 2016

On a recent trip to Newport we stumbled across this outstanding, and interesting, attraction. Essentially this is a working, endangered-skills training school, training students in the art of yacht restoration. In addition, their campus (i.e. working workshop/yacht shed) is freely open to the public for...More

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank Renee M
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Free to observe, open during all-weather and right on Thames Street. What's not to love? Stop in at the school admission office for quick overview and they will send your around the back for a self-guided tour (basically walk around the viewing areas) of the...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank peggiesfarm
Reviewed 28 July 2016

We had the opportunity to visit IYRS recently. I think the school could do a better job of educating the public by offering an organized tour manned by students. I would have paid a small fee for an informed tour. Ship building is a lost...More

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank bonnielegof
Reviewed 2 June 2016

You can go up to the second floor balcony and watch the tradesmen working on repairing boats. Quite an interesting experience.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank FancyNancy650
Reviewed 22 September 2015

Nice to see the trade of building and maintaining boats is still being taught to the next generation. The self guided visit is nice and there is the opportunity to watch the progress.

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank KN2026
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Nice visit to The IYRA-behind the school on Thames Street a 131 foot schooner called The Coronet (built in 1885) is being restored-amazing to see! Much history!

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank lizpaperski
Reviewed 11 September 2015

It was nice to see the student's learning an old trade.There was a huge sail boat undergoing rebuild.

Date of experience: October 2014
1  Thank Joe M
Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

We came upon this place by accident. What a lovely surprise. It's a school that specializes in the restoration of yachts. There are several different ships on the property in varying degrees of repair. They were very warm and well coming and encouraged us to...More

Date of experience: September 2015
3  Thank Giantess
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