The Defences of Portsmouth and a Tour of Boathouse 4

This short walk will look at the 500 year history of coastal defences at Portsmouth along the shores from Southsea to the Historic Dockyard. This will be followed by a special tour of Boathouse 4 (the new attraction in the dockyard) with a look at the new exhibition and the work of the International Boatbuilding Training College.

Date:Sun, 08 May 2016
Pricing:Members £3, Non-members £5
Time:Meet at 11am
Contact:General enquiries to Steve Fisher -

This is a two mile walk from Southsea Castle to Gunwharf Quays shopping centre.  The walk is almost totally on paths, pavements and the old walls, but there are several staircases, ramps and areas of uneven paving.  After the walk there will be an hour’s break for lunch.  We will gather again at the dockyard gate for the tour of Boathouse 4 at 2pm.

Meeting point:  Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3PA.

Duration:  Approximately 4 – 5 hours.

Pricing note:  There is no charge to enter the Historic Dockyard or Boathouse 4. Other attractions within the dockyard will require a valid ticket: please see Historic Dockyard for details. Please note that the day’s walk and tour may not leave much time for other attractions.


With thanks to the International Boatbuilding Training College and staff.


Portsmouth Spinaker Tower


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