Golden Hinde
Golden Hinde
4.5
Speciality MuseumsPoints of Interest & LandmarksShips
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • BritabroadOrpington
    45 contributions
    Underwhelming
    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.
    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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 18 February 2023
  • Victoria
    54 contributions
    If you have a spare 10min
    It’s ok for the money. You won’t be blown away but it’s ok to take up a few minutes if you’re at a loose end. Be prepared to double over unless you’re 3ft tall but not just through a door frame but staying bent over for a while as most of the ceilings are extremely low. No real information going around unless you want to connect to the audio on your phones. Lacking any decorative additions apart from canons.
    Dear Victoria, 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. There are chest on the ship that display historical objects with printed information. All information plaques display QR codes that allow access to our free audio tour. Equally, there are always staff on site to provide demonstrations and answer any questions you may have. In terms of space and size we are at the mercy of the 16th century race built galleon. We strive to continually improve the space and make it more accurate and comfortable in a safe but practicable way. 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. Kind regards Gary General Manager The Golden Hinde Ltd
    Written 28 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • alecaallan
    Victoria, Canada3 contributions
    Disappointing
    Not much to look at. Half of it was under construction. Very boring. Was told to give an hour. Took about 15 minutes to walk it. Hard to find even the locals didn’t know where it was or that it existed
    Dear alecaallan 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 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. 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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 May 2023
  • Margie L
    1 contribution
    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
  • ass6ca
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates4 contributions
    Decent experience, felt unfairly treated by ticketing: BOOK LATE, NOT EARLY!
    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.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
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Tony D
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 24 November 2023
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Arnie12
Dorset5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
We booked as a school the Drake Circumnavigation session. Alex and Partick were brilliant, it was an excellent trip so informative and engaging. Thank you!
Written 16 November 2023
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pennysweet
Plymouth2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Great value activity for a family, we all really enjoyed our guided tour. It was funny and interesting. Would definitely recommend.
Written 31 August 2023
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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. Our tour guides send a lot of time absorbing the content of our ship and the wider impact of the voyage so it is reassuring to hear that this information is being well received during the tours we provide. 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 31 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Verona H
London, UK14 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
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!!
Written 21 August 2023
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sandra123
Hornchurch, UK75 contributions
Aug 2023
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.
Written 8 August 2023
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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.

ass6ca
Dubai, United Arab Emirates4 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Margie L
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
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!
Written 5 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
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.

John_Crook
Brookwood, UK23 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
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.
Written 27 July 2023
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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.

David
21 contributions
Jul 2023
Enjoyable hour spent on the golden hinde. The lady in the ticket booth was friendly and welcoming. The audio guide was easy to use on your phone and informative
Written 23 July 2023
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Dear Davidvddjb 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 hear you were received warmly and that you enjoyed our audio guide. 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.

alecaallan
Victoria, Canada3 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Not much to look at. Half of it was under construction. Very boring. Was told to give an hour. Took about 15 minutes to walk it. Hard to find even the locals didn’t know where it was or that it existed
Written 16 May 2023
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Dear alecaallan 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 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. 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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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