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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 onboard
  • 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.


On board, 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 raising the anchor.


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
  • Sleepovers 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


Opening hours:

November to March: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
April to October: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm

How to get there:

Nearest Tube: London Bridge


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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

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.

You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at 

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