Golden Hinde

Climb aboard the English galleon captained by Sir Francis Drake, the Golden Hinde. Originally known as the Pelican, this amazing ship was renamed by Drake mid-voyage in honour of his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, who wore a 'golden hind' crest.

The London Pass Explore the full-size reconstruction of the Elizabethan galleon ship, the Golden Hinde, on the banks of the Thames. Normally £5.00 - Included with London Pass

Climb aboard the historic Golden Hinde, an Elizabethan galleon ship and full-size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's flagship.

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. Explore the full-size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s sixteenth-century flagship and interact with the crew of sailors as they tell tales of life aboard the Golden Hinde.

Enjoy access to Golden Hinde with The London Pass®

- Pay nothing but the pass price.
- Explore the reconstruction of a legendary, history-making ship
- Discover Sir Francis Drake’s exploits and conquests

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- The Golden Hinde history

- The Golden Hinde highlights

- The Golden Hinde facts

- Don’t miss

- Know before you go

- Getting in

- Make the most of your London Pass

- How to get there

The Golden Hinde history

Sir Francis Drake, the captain of the Golden Hinde, was widely viewed as one of the greatest seafarers of this time, with an intuitive understanding of the treacherous nature of the sea. However, as a slave trader and pirate, his own nature was also shifting terrain. His expeditions allowed him to reach legendary status in England, but overseas, he was feared and despised, particularly by the Spanish.

His keen mind for strategy and tactics played an increasingly essential part in the hostile war between England and Spain leading to Drake setting off on the Golden Hinde with a fleet ordered by the Queen in 1585, headed towards Spain in an effort to cut off vital supplies to the Spanish Armada.

The English fleet, of which Drake was Vice Admiral, was aided by adverse weather conditions. This allowed them to go on to defeat the powerful Spanish Armada in 1588, which was on its way to invade England. The war ended in 1604 with the new King of England, James I, signing the Treaty of London to end military interventions.

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The Golden Hinde highlights

  • Enjoy living history lessons aboard this reconstruction of a truly historic ship.

  • Explore the vessel to discover what life on board was really like.  

  • Find out what it was like to sail the mighty seas on an Elizabethan galleon during the adventurous days of the 16th century.

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The Golden Hinde facts

  • Drake’s skills as a naval commander were so feared that many of his enemies became convinced that he was a practitioner of witchcraft. Superstitious Spanish mariners whispered tales of how Drake possessed a magic mirror that allowed him to spy the location of all the ships on the sea, and there were rumors that he was in league with a demon or even Satan himself. 

  • In the 17th century, the original Golden Hinde which was kept at the Deptford dockyard rotted and was broken up, the best remaining timber was made into a chair presented to the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.

  • The current ship was designed by Californian naval architect Loring Christian Norgaard. 

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Events at the Golden Hinde

For events and interactive elements hosted by the Golden Hinde, check the official site

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Know before you go

The ship is not currently accessible for wheelchair users or visitors with mobility impairments. Please note there are steep stairs on the ship and low ceilings. Check the official website for more. 

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Getting in

Present your London Pass at the main entrance. 

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Make the most of your London Pass®

Don't forget to visit Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, both of which are included on The London Pass®.  

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How to get there

- We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being London Bridge, Borough and Monument. 

- The nearest train stations are London Bridge, Cannon Street, Blackfriars and Waterloo.

- 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 343, 381, 344, 521, RV1.

- London Bridge City Pier (6-minutes walk) and Bankside Pier (8-minutes walk). Thames Clippers serves both piers.   

- Cycle parking is available in the area. The nearest Santander Cycles docking stations are Duke Street Hill, London Bridge and Park Street, Bankside.

- We encourage visitors to travel by public transport as parking in the local area is very restricted. The Golden Hinde is inside the congestion charge zone. The daily charge applies between 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. Parking is available at Kipling Street, London Bridge. For more information and to book a space, please visit the NCP car park website. The nearest accessible Blue Badge Holder parking bays are in London Bridge station.


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A very good experience and so many facilities. The service is good and also the information about the services and places we can use it turns the tour faster and safe. I think I will use it every time I travel and I share it with friends and relatives.
Marcio Christ from United Kingdom


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Visiting Golden Hinde

Visiting Golden Hinde

  • Golden Hinde St Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral Street London SE1 9DE

Opening Times

April - October
Monday 10.00 - 18.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 18.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 18.00
Friday 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
November - March
Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00

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