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Golden Hinde

Attractions, Ships and boats Bankside
3 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
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Elisabeth Blanchet
 (Elisabeth Blanchet)
Elisabeth Blanchet
 (Elisabeth Blanchet)
Elisabeth Blanchet
 (Elisabeth Blanchet)
Elisabeth Blanchet
 (© Morley von Sternberg)
© Morley von Sternberg

The authentic atmosphere aboard the Golden Hinde, a full-size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s sixteenth-century flagship, is fleshed out by a ‘crew’ in Elizabethan costume who regale visitors with tales of uncomfortable nights on bare decks awash with salt water and worse (no hammocks in those days and there was often livestock aboard) and the brutal justice imposed on sailors who stole precious rations. During holiday periods there are events and activities for children, who can take part in pirate fun days and sleepovers aboard the ship.

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Venue name: Golden Hinde
Address: St Mary Overie Dock
Cathedral St
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm (Nov-Mar); Daily 10am-6pm (Apr-Oct)
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: £5, £5 children/concession, £15 family, children under 3 free
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It’s interesting to get in and try to understand the conditions of life on board a ship in the 16th century. Children will love being able to run around and discover new stuff hidden behind every corner. Careful though as access is sometimes tricky and ceiling very low in places.

But the place is quite small all in all and it will only take you less than an hour to visit it all. Taking this into consideration, the ticket is a bit expensive. Plus, situated between two buildings, it can feel a bit claustrophobic and doesn’t offer the views of the Thames you could expect.

One more thing! Opening times change a lot and it’s not unusual for the place to be closed for function without previous notification on their website. I’d recommend calling in advance to check.

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