Golden Hinde
Golden Hinde
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Visit this living-history museum and find out what it was like to sail the mighty seas aboard an Elizabethan galleon during the adventurous days of the 16th century.
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Neighbourhood: Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
How to get there
  • London Bridge • 5 min walk
  • Monument • 7 min walk
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  • John_Crook
    Brookwood, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Living history.
    A wonderful reconstruction of the Golden Hind. This version has also sailed round the world so it is a real seagoing ship. Very interesting tour guides. Very interesting. Both adults and kids enjoyed it.
    Dear John_Crook Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive experience at our museum. We are truly grateful for your visit and for the kind words you’ve shared. It is reassuring to me and the team to hear you found the tours of interest. We spend a lot of time reviewing content to ensure it is engaging for all audiences so we're glad to hear it was well received. Your feedback plays a key role in shaping the museum and improving future experiences. Once again, thank you for sharing your experience and we would love to welcome you back in the future. Warm regards Gary General Manager
    Written 17 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Margie L
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A day out with my grandson
    Took my 9year old grandson to see the Golden Hinde. It was fascinating to learn how the crew lived on board and how many crew there were! Both of us enjoyed the hour long tour and he enjoyed the hands-on experience and especially all the grizzly details of the barber-surgeons job!
    Dear 41margiel Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive experience at our museum. We are truly grateful for your visit and for the kind words. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed our tour and managed to sit through our barber surgery talk. (you must have strong stomachs) Your feedback plays a key role in shaping the museum and improving future experiences. Once again, thank you for sharing your experience and we would love to welcome you back in the future. Warm regards Gary General Manager The Golden Hinde
    Written 17 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • sandra123
    Hornchurch, United Kingdom75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pirate training Day
    Arguably the best £6 I've spent in London in a long time! took my 5yr old grandson for Pirate Training and what an experience it was! Captain Frankie was just lovely - engaging the kids and telling us such a lot of interesting information of what it was like to be a pirate. She pitched it perfectly - not easy with a wide range of ages and ensured all the kids got involved in as much or as little as they wanted. We stayed behind for a tour with Captain Alison (I think - apologies if I've got the name wrong) who was equally fabulous telling tales of what life would have been like on board. My grandson, being a typical little boy, especially enjoyed the sword fighting and the stories about poo and having your arm sawn off !!! Compared to other tourist attractions in London this was exceptionally good value and I would like to pass on my special thanks to the two young ladies who made the day so special.
    Dear Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive experience at our museum. We are truly grateful for your visit and for the kind words you’ve shared. It fills me with joy to hear you enjoyed our pirate training and your words serve as encouragement for the entire team. We always strive to be an affordable site for education and entertainment. Your feedback plays a key role in shaping the museum and improving future experiences. Once again, thank you for sharing your experience and we would love to welcome you back in the future. Warm regards Gary General Manager
    Written 17 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Verona H
    London, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical wedding venue
    My partner and I had our wedding on the ship. Not only was the setting truly unique and magical, but Bryony and the team really went above and beyond to make it such an easy process for us. We had the ceremony in the hold with around 60 guests - the layout made it extremely intimate and just added to the sense of love on the day. We then had a drinks reception on the main deck, with just truly awesome London vibes and views. I cannot recommend the Golden Hinde enough for any event!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Tony D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great bit of English history
    I was attracted to this due to my namesake Sir Francis Drake and the ship really is a little gem. There weren't many visitors on a cold grey November afternoon so I had lots of time and space to explore. Loved it. Great bit of English history that every school child should visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 November 2023
  • Ben W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must have experience for visitors to London!
    Our Captain needed to be rescued and we had to think fast. Did we ever make it out? Yes. How else could I write this review? Were we the Hinde team’s fave group that day? You bet! Did knowing this change my review? Not at all! The only question is..do you have what it takes to get out alive? We’ll what are you waiting for?!!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Vebeus
    England, United Kingdom128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come on board!
    We visited on a day where it was “pay what you want” which swayed us to visit. Our tour guide (Gary?) was excellent and had us captivated from the start. The tour was quite pacy and we learned a lot. The only drawback is the very low decks so if you have back or mobility issues you might want to think about it. Very good for children who were involved in the tour throughout. Highly recommended as a good way to spend 45 mins and very educational. Other staff very friendly and helpful too.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 January 2024
  • Chris C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 stars for the Pirate Training
    I booked the Pirate Training for my son. To be honest I wasn't sure what to expect and I had set my expectations pretty low. What a pleasant surprise! The training was so much fun and my son absolutely loved it! He didn't want it to end and was asking to do it again! The crew is dressed as pirates and take the children around the ship, explaining a lot of things along the way. The children get to learn port, starboard, etc. They are shown in detail how cannons use to work. They do pirate work like lowering the anchor. They do a treasure hunt. They fight with foam swords. I would definitely recommend the Pirate Training to any children! The crew does a fantastic job!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 April 2024
  • HayleyM
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant little gem
    We stumbled across this little gem with our kids. One of their staff mentioned they do little tours and talks and that entrance included a drink at the bar for adults. We went for a look around and were seriously impressed at how well the boat has been kept, and the knowledge of the staff. There were barely any other visitors, so we got lots of time to ask questions and look around. I’d recommend this only for people who are able and agile, as the ceilings are very very low. This takes less than an hour of your day and is right near lots of other historical points in London.
    Delighted you had such a good time at our inaugural Museum Late experience which included a free drink! We're hoping to make this a regular event throughout the rest of the year so do come back with other friends and family, we'd love to welcome you on board again!
    Written 16 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 May 2024
  • Paul B
    London, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Golden Hinde experience
    What a great trip. We went with our two little grandchildren, and Frankie went out of her way to spend some time with them and let them load up and fire one of the cannons on the gun-deck. That was the highlight of the morning for them, but they loved the whole experience. And so did we, the grandparents -- it's for all ages.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2024
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Karen W
Netley, UK239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This is only the 2nd Golden Hinde to be built the 1st being the one Sir Francis Drake sailed in to discover new worlds and bring back treasures for Queen Elizabeth 1st. It was Drake who brought back tobacco.
It's not a very big boat and it's hard to believe it made the journey but it's a fascinating story. All the staff are dressed up and tell you the story in detail.
It's being restored at the moment so it covered in scaffolding but its still worth the stop.
Written 4 February 2020
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RuthieRoy
Bury St. Edmunds, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Walking past this famous replica of Francis Drake’s ship, and pausing to read an information board, a total stranger enthusiastically encouraged us to go onboard as she found it fascinating. The entrance fee was just £5 per adult. Is this the best visitor attraction at that price we wonder? We are so pleased we followed her advice- we very much enjoyed our tour of the ship. The talks given by their excellent staff were so interesting and very informative. Highly recommended.
Written 27 January 2020
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ass6ca
Dubai, United Arab Emirates4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We went for the overnight experience. Ended up being penalized for booking early.

1. The experiential part of the evening (6-9p) was interesting, and engaging for the kids

2. The overnight conditions were true to Tudor England: bare wood floor, many people sleeping together. i.e. Lots of snoring, and uncomfortable. If you must, bring ear plugs and a sleeping pad. Their blankets are nothing to speak of.

3. There is no programming after 9p, so you can probably leave without sleeping overnight, which does not add any value besides the doing of it.

4. Discovered soon after we booked that they offered 50% discounts for "last minute" bookings, upto 2 weeks in advance. Didn't respond to requests to fairly treat early bird bookings.

Bottom line: the overall experience is OK (evening great, night poor), ticketing policy is unfair.
Written 6 August 2023
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HayleyM
50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We stumbled across this little gem with our kids. One of their staff mentioned they do little tours and talks and that entrance included a drink at the bar for adults.

We went for a look around and were seriously impressed at how well the boat has been kept, and the knowledge of the staff.

There were barely any other visitors, so we got lots of time to ask questions and look around.

I’d recommend this only for people who are able and agile, as the ceilings are very very low.

This takes less than an hour of your day and is right near lots of other historical points in London.
Written 11 May 2024
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Delighted you had such a good time at our inaugural Museum Late experience which included a free drink! We're hoping to make this a regular event throughout the rest of the year so do come back with other friends and family, we'd love to welcome you on board again!
Written 16 May 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Vebeus
England, UK128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We visited on a day where it was “pay what you want” which swayed us to visit. Our tour guide (Gary?) was excellent and had us captivated from the start. The tour was quite pacy and we learned a lot. The only drawback is the very low decks so if you have back or mobility issues you might want to think about it. Very good for children who were involved in the tour throughout. Highly recommended as a good way to spend 45 mins and very educational. Other staff very friendly and helpful too.
Written 28 January 2024
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BritabroadOrpington
Orpington44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Very underwhelmed. It is surrounded with scaffolding and not much to look at.Once on board there is not much to see. There are chests to open but you cannot see what is inside without your torch. These should be illuminated. The ship is very cramped. If you are over 5’ 5’’ don’t bother. I’m 5’ 2’’ and my neck was aching as I kept stooping as you cannot stand up. It was £6 each so not too expensive but if you like this sort of thing you would be better visiting the Cutty sark in Greenwich.
Written 18 February 2023
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Dear BritabroadOrpington, Thank you for taking the time to visit us and sharing your thoughts. We appreciate your feedback and are sorry to hear we did not meet expectations during your visit. We strive to ensure that every visitor has a memorable and enjoyable time with us. The scaffolding is unfortunately unpleasant to the eye but a necessary part of the restoration project. The restoration work is set to prolong and improve the museum for years to come however it can be complex and time consuming. The free audio located throughout the ship provides guests with around 40 minutes’ worth of content highlighting, the historical significance of the venue as well offering insights into the ongoing restoration work. Equally, there are always staff on site to provide demonstrations and answer any questions you may have. Your feedback on the chests is valid. Please be assured we are investing ways to install lights that can be easily accessed and still allow the chests to be moved around the vessel during restoration work. Once again, we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience you experienced during your visit and we are grateful for your continued support and understanding. Your feedback will help us to address concerns and continually improve. Warm regards, Gary General Manager The Golden Hinde
Written 28 May 2023
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Paul B
London, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
What a great trip. We went with our two little grandchildren, and Frankie went out of her way to spend some time with them and let them load up and fire one of the cannons on the gun-deck. That was the highlight of the morning for them, but they loved the whole experience. And so did we, the grandparents -- it's for all ages.
Written 5 July 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Sir Frances Drake was a brilliant navigator, he was the captain of the Golden Hinde. Drake circumnavigated the world in the Golden Hinde, a marvelous achievement, considering the small size of the vessel. Life was difficult for the crew; even the captain had few luxuries. The Golden Hinde is moored in Southwark. The ship makes history come alive.
Written 22 March 2023
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Dear 619jeffry, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your positive experience at our museum. We are truly grateful for your visit and for the kind words you’ve shared. The museum is a truly unique way to immersive yourself in the historical significance of 16th century sea faring. Your feedback plays a key role in shaping the museum and improving future experiences. Once again, thank you for sharing your experience and we would love to welcome you back in the future. Warm regards Gary General Manager The Golden Hinde
Written 28 May 2023
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pam1948
South Wales, UK421 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Very very disappointing visit. Came across this whilst visiting for a couple of days. The ship looked interesting and historical thought we would visit as imagined it to be the same standard as Cutty sark, unfortunately definitely no. We gave a generous donation and to be truthful the donation was the equivalent to our paying a £1 a minute. We were literally on the ship for 10mins.
The front of the ship was being worked on; covered in tarpaulin so we could not visit there and everywhere was so low we did not venture to many below decks. We were informed of low ceilings but ………
All in all a very disappointing visit. Would not recommend.
Written 23 February 2024
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Dear pam1948, Thank you for taking the time to visit us and sharing your thoughts. We strive to ensure that every visitor has a memorable and enjoyable time on board The Golden Hinde so we are very sorry that we did not meet your expectations during your visit last month. We are currently restoring the ship to ensure that the museum can be improved and enjoyed for years to come. This does mean that the ship has visible scaffolding and a canopy over the Foredeck while it is being relaid, to keep the rain off. We are also unable to allow public access to the fo’c’s’le below during this period because of the work above. As we are a full size reconstruction of a 16th century galleon, the ship does have low ceilings throughout the upper decks. The hold offers a generous 6’7” of clearance and is the full length of the ship below the waterline. We offer a >45 minute free audio tour with QR codes linking to it located throughout the museum and there should always be staff members on site to provide demonstrations and answer any questions our visitors may have. We would love to invite you back on board for a free tour when you are next visiting London so that we can offer you the wonderful experience that so many of our visitors have enjoyed - please email info@goldenhinde.co.uk if you would like to take this forward. Once again, we truly appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback which will help us to continually improve our museum. Kind regards, Angus Francis Coleman Director, The Golden Hinde
Written 28 February 2024
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania35,572 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The second attempt to visit the interior, after 7 years. The same failure. Closed for a private event. Disappointing experience. In addition, the situation worsened outside as well, being a lot of scaffolding everywhere (at least this has a good purpose, the renovation).
Written 15 June 2024
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Dear zuv, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We genuinely value all input from our visitors as it really does help us to improve our offering. We are therefore very sorry for the inconvenience caused by the closure of The Golden Hinde for a private function during your last visit. We always recommend checking our website, where we regularly update our opening times and any scheduled closures. We would love to invite you back on board for a free tour when you are next visiting London so that we can offer you the wonderful experience that so many of our visitors have enjoyed - please email info@goldenhinde.co.uk if you would like to take this forward. As you noticed, The Golden Hinde has been undergoing a full refit since 2017. Our expert shipwright team is busy restoring the ship to its full glory - ensuring that she can be enjoyed for years to come - but this does mean that the ship has visible scaffolding. Additionally, we understand that the scaffolding on the neighboring building can be disruptive, but unfortunately this is beyond our control. Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and we hope you will take us up on our offer for a complimentary visit in the future so that we can provide you with a more enjoyable experience. Kind regards, Angus Francis Coleman Director, The Golden Hinde
Written 20 June 2024
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