Boathouse 4 was built in 1939 in response to the need for a rapid rearmament programme prior to the start of World War II. This vast building, incorporating its own dock and locks, is typical of 1930s military industrial architecture. Access to Boathouse 4 is free with a One Attraction, Three Attraction, Ultimate Explorer and Historic Quarter Pass.
Come and visit Boathouse 4! This great family attraction has hands-on children's activities and fantastic exhibitions!
The building was constructed in the rearmament period before the Second World War and has been restored and converted into a Boatbuilding Skills Training Centre and is the home of International Boatbuilding College Portsmouth. This college is training a new generation of students of all ages in the techniques of traditional boatbuilding and other related skills that are still required today to build and conserve wooden boats. You can find out more about the training they offer at https://ibtcportsmouth.co.uk/
Built within this magnificent historic building, overlooking the Boatbuilding Skills Training Centre is a new exciting exhibition “The Forgotten Craft” which tells the heroic stories of the small boats which were the backbone of the Royal Navy. From the wooden cutters that ferried Lord Nelson to and from his flagship, to the Cockleshell Heroes in their canoes and the powerful motorboats that helped to win the Second World War.