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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.
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.
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