Special interest tours of Action Stations

Date Posted: 10/01/2012

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard attraction, Action Stations, is now offering special interest tours for groups exploring the history of Boathouse No. 6.

Lasting a duration of two hours, the tours focus on the history of Boathouse No. 6 from construction in 1848 until the installation of the present Action Stations attraction in 2001. Starting at 10am, groups can enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee before being met by a personal guide.

Boathouse 6 was designed by Lieutenant Roger Beatson, Royal Engineers, Portsmouth Dockyard’s superintendent of Civil Engineering Work, and built between 1845 and 1848. Used for the building, repair and storage of small ships’ boats, it was in use as a boathouse until the Portsmouth Blitz in March 1941, when a bomb destroyed much of the rear part. A temporary patch was added to make the building serviceable and was not replaced until the conversion into Action Stations in the late 1990s.

Tours are priced at £5.50 per person for groups of 15 or more people. Exclusive evening tours are also available for £10.50 per person, offering private access to the building after normal opening hours.

For further information or to book a group tour, telephone: 023-9289 3318 or e-mail events@actionstations.org

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