Boathouse 4 Tours

Our knowledgeable Boathouse 4 volunteers deliver daily behind the scenes tours, guiding visitors through the 80 year history of the Boathouse and the adventures of its notable occupants.

Find out why one wall is crinkly tin, and why a crane is camouflaged, and learn about our indoor locks and canal. Explore 100 years’ of small military craft and their stories.

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Mini port

Mini captains can have a fun on board Mini Port’s ships in the heart of the dockyard. Get behind the wheel and voyage across the mast pond in your own electric powered boat, taking in the historic surroundings and making your visit unforgettable.

Check out Miniport Electric Ships for opening times and updates.


Join our fantastic team of volunteers, and help keep our heritage afloat!

As custodians of an historic fleet of military power boats, buildings and spaces in and around Portsmouth Harbour, we are dedicated to keeping our heritage alive, ensuring it is available and accessible for future generations.

This requires a combined team effort from staff and volunteers throughout the year.

Get hands on with history by becoming a volunteer with us, from maintaining the Porter’s Garden, restoring our wooden boats, to welcoming visitors and guiding them through the story of Boathouse 4 and the vessels that call it home.

Stay with us

One of our most recent regeneration projects is Adventure Prospect. Formerly known as the ‘Shifting House’, it was first built in 1898-1899 to accommodate munitions workers changing into the special clothing that they wore when working in the gunpowder magazines. Now, the cottage is a charming 2- bedroom retreat with a log fire and stunning harbour views.

Residents have the attractions of Priddy’s Hard on their doorstep, with the Explosion Museum and Powder Monkey Brewery and Tap House within walking distance.

The AirBnB reviews speak for themselves, why not book yourself a break in this unique setting?