Golden Hinde is open to the public from: 9.30 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun)
A typical visit to Golden Hinde lasts 45-60 mins (approx)
The entry price for Golden Hinde is: Adult price £6.00; Child cost £4.50 (4-16); Infants free entry (under-4); Family ticket £18.00
Visiting hours and admission charges are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm entrance fees and whether it’s open to visitors before booking tickets and making plans to visit Golden Hinde
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One of the many surprises along London’s Bankside is this full-size replica of the Golden Hinde – the ship in which Francis Drake circumnavigated the world. He was a Tudor statesman in the time of Elizabeth I, and undertook his journey between 1577 and 1580.
The Golden Hinde is unbelievably small considering what it achieved – and when you realise that its decks would also have been home to more than 80 sailors then you cannot but be impressed. The space in which to stand is often cramped, and modern day visitors have to stoop to walk around.
Also on display is its gun deck holding 22 cannons.
Tours of the Golden Hinde
It is possible to join a tour of the Hinde, with an elaborately dressed Elizabethan guide. You can even spend a night on the deck, and eat as the sailors ate, as part of an overnight visit.
derekm – “I knew that it was a replica but when I saw how small it was I thought it was half-scale because it's tiny. I can't believe they sailed around the world in this tiny thing, but they did. It really is surprisingly small. They had a costumed actor guiding us about and there were a lot of kids, so some of his talk was aimed at them. But it was still quite entertaining for an adult. He was quite funny too, and made us laugh quite a few times.”
kturner – “My little boy (8 years old) thoroughly enjoyed running around here when we took him in the summer holidays. You can go down into the dark Decks where all the cannons and barrels are kept and really imagine what it was like for a sailor on the high seas. I must say that it helps to be a child,m because the ceilings are very low! On the top Deck of the ship you can pretend to steer the wheel and pretend that you are on the high seas. I think we have given him an interest in boats, because we are planning on taking him to hms belfast soon which is a lot more interesting, especially for my other little boy (otherwise known as my husband ).”