- Located near London Bridge station, The Golden Hinde is a full-scale reconstruction of the very first English ship.
- Circumnavigate the globe in a history-packed museum, brought to life by the knowledgeable crew.
- Explore at your leisure or join the crew to experience life as a 16th-century sailor.
- Discover two inspiring stories during your visit, the tale of Francis Drake's 1577-80 voyage and the adventures of the reconstructed ship.
- Don't miss out on a night you won't forget, and stay overnight on the ship for the full immersive experience.
The Golden Hinde is a historically accurate replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship, the one in which he completed the first ever circumnavigation of the world by an English ship between at the end of the 16th century. The ship is open to the public, and is perfect for families and kids, offering self-guided and guided tours. The smells, creaks, and low ceilings of the ship quickly immerse the visitor into the 16th century, transporting you back in time to a vibrant, although most definitely less comfortable, era!
While on the Golden Hinde ship you can learn about The Circumnavigation of 1577 - 1580, and explore the historic voyage of the first English ship to travel the globe. This is an excellent live-action history activity for the kids and great for those wanting to learn about Tudor ships. Or you can explore all the voyages the vessel has gone on in recent years, and listen to the exciting stories the vessel has to tell. You can meet Francis Drake, organised by actors to make this an immersive, entertaining and fun experience to engross the whole family. If there are any budding conservationists in your family, you can also learn about what these wooden ships require in order to maintain them.
There are guided tours provided by reenactment staff and interpretation staff, all in costume (during the school holidays). It is even possible to join the crew on an overnight voyage of adventure, imagination and exploration. Kids can be involved in weighing the anchor, and preparing and firing a cannon, or be patients at the barber-surgeon as you find out about life at sea in the 16th century.
At The Golden Hinde's sleepovers, all children and grown-ups dress up in costumes, each with their role and job on the ship, and you're taken through different sessions, all led by various members of the Golden Hinde team (who have their own persona on the ship). Children learn so much and can get involved in all of the jobs on board. Throughout these sessions, there are snacks of biscuits, and a drink of 'beer' (apple juice) from the original tankards, and food is provided, off base, in the evening.
Don't miss out on the array of educational programmes and activities for children, right from KS1 all the way to KS4. From learning about pirates to voyages at sea, these programmes come with a jam-packed learning session full of information in a captivating way.
What to know before you go
- There is nowhere on site to eat, however, there are plenty of family-friendly restaurants, cafés and eateries nearby where you can tuck into some great food, including Bill's and Nando's, or Caffè Nero for a quick snack. The Golden Hinde is very close to Borough Market, which is a fabulous place to grab a bite to eat.
- For the activity sessions and night sessions, food is provided just down the road from the ship, and snacks are provided on board.
- There are toilets (however, no showers), and no baby-changing facilities.
- The ship is not currently accessible for buggies, wheelchair users or visitors with mobility impairments. There is a low ceiling and steep stairs on the ship, due to the nature of the era.
- The closest Underground stations are London Bridge (Northern, Jubilee lines, Borough (Northern Line) and Monument (Circle and District lines), all within a five-minute walk.
- The nearest train stations are London Bridge, Cannon Street, Blackfriars and Waterloo, all within walking distance.
- Bus routes 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 343, 381, 344 and 521 all stop nearby.
- Via boat, London Bridge City Pier is a six-minute walk, while Bankside Pier is an eight-minute walk.
- If travelling by bike, there is cycle parking available in the area. The closest rental bike docking stations are Bankside, Duke Street Hill, London Bridge and Park Street.
- Parking in the local area is very restricted, as The Golden Hinde is located within the congestion charge zone, but parking is available at Kipling Street, London Bridge. You are encouraged to use public transport.