Golden Hinde II – Review for families


What is it? It’s a reconstruction of an explorer ship named the Golden Hinde II, which Sir Francis Drake rode whilst travelling the globe in the 1500’s. Find it Bankside, within walking distance to the South Bank, London Eye, Sea Life Aquarium and London Dungeons.


Best for: Toddlers & Preschool / 5 – 8 / 9 – 12

OK for: Babies / 12 +

Cost: £ – adults pay £7, children pay £5 and kids under 3 go free. The option of a family ticket is £20.

What’s on offer

Get a real sense of how the Galleon crew lived during their voyage in Tudor times by taking a fact-filled guided tour around the reconstructed ship. Then, get your child involved in the numerous children’s activities on board. Actors in period costume wander the ship and act as knowledgeable guides. They also help add to the mood and the ship’s low ceilings and steep steps make you feel like you’re on board the original Golden Hinde.

Pirate parties, events and evening tours are available. Make sure to check the website for temporary and special things to do whilst you’re visiting. You’ll get a complimentary guidebook (per family/group of guests). You’re also free to wander the ship at your own pace, even if you want to hop on to a guided tour, too.  There’s a decent gift shop, suitable for many different budgets.

However, there are no toilets on board, merely nearby cafes and restaurants with such facilities. Parents can store buggies in the ticket office if they wish.


The activities for children take place under a cover, so you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that this counts as a an exciting rainy day out! Pirate Parties are really fun and exciting for young children – and the actors in period dress are funny, well informed and always a big hit with small children who have big imaginations.

What to watch out for

– There are lots of steep steps on the Golden Hinde, which makes buggy access extremely difficult, if not impossible. Baby carriers at the ready!

– It’s also quite cramped with low headroom on the ship. Mums and dads, watch your heads.

– Comfy walking shoes are essential here.

– All tourist attractions in London can get busy, so keep an eye on the children whilst they’re exploring the deck.

MFM tips:

– If your child is currently studying the Tudors and the Elizabethan period at school, this attraction is a no brainer!

– You can make a full day of your visit to the Golden Hinde. Why not take a packed lunch, have a little picnic and explore what the South Bank has to offer? Visit the Borough Market or take a ride on the London Eye?

What the owners say

“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”


Visit the official Golden Hinde website

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