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Golden Hinde

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Golden Hinde

KidRated’s Golden Hinde Top Tips:

  • The tour is pretty gory so not for squeamish kids
  • Check the website if you want to have a sleepover on board
  • Don’t get confused with the Cutty Sark in Greenwich!


The Golden Hinde, first called the Pelican, was the ship used by Sir Francis Drake to circumnavigate the Globe. Unfortunately, the real ship is no longer around, but this fantastic replica is the next best thing.


Situated on Bankside not far from London Bridge, the Golden Hinde is perfect for kids who dream of being pirates. Sir Francis Drake, was among other things, a privateer, which is essentially a pirate who gets away with doing pirate-y stuff because Queen Elizabeth I liked him.


Onboard, you can take a guided tour where you will learn a great deal about pirates and Tudors. Costumed actors will take you around the boat and there is even a chance for kids to participate in firing the guns and even raising the anchor.


A variety of events take place throughout the year from shadow puppet theatre performances to storytelling. And this unique venue is available for children’s birthday parties too, perfect for any young budding pirates!


The Clink Prison Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe, Borough Market and Tate Modern are all just a short walk away. There are plenty of family restaurants in the area.


Booking Advice:

  • Tickets can be bought on the day for self-guided tours
  • Scheduled tour can be booked in advance online or over the phone
  • The ship is occasionally closed for private functions so be sure to check their website to see if your planned visit is affected.
  • Onboard sleepovers and fun days are also available to book in advance



Units 1 & 2 Pickfords Wharf
Clink Street
London SE1 9DG

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7403 0123


How to get there:

Nearest Tube: London Bridge

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Teen Verdict

Family days out, attractions and things to do in London and beyond for kids, older kids and teenagers rated by kids and teens with KidRated


A great day out for history lovers. I had a great time exploring the history of this ship that I previously hadn’t heard of. If you’re not too into history, I’m sure anyone with a healthy one of Pirates of The Caribbean would also enjoy this experience. Sometimes the experience was a little bit young but that was easy to tune out and focus on the history. Although, if you’re a kid at heart then get involved!

Parent Point of View

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Laura Porter

  • Definitely do the Guided Tour as you’ll learn loads and laugh a lot too.
  • The ceilings are low so be prepared to join the kids sitting on the floor.
  • Kids will love getting involved on the tour and then posing with the steering wheel afterwards.

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