The Golden Hinde
The Golden Hinde team are dedicated to sharing the momentous circumnavigation of the world with schools and families alike. Building of the ship was completed in 1973 and our ship started it's own circumnavigation of the globe. The Golden Hinde has a rich maritime history itself as well as honouring the journeys of time gone by. Join one of our costumed educators for a tour of our ship, which uncovers just what life was like for our Elizabethan sailors. Be it pirates, explorers, Drake or Queen Elizabeth I, we have a tailored programme that will fit your specific curriculum requirements.
Why are The Golden Hinde great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
The Golden Hinde is a magnificent reconstruction of Francis Drake's original Golden Hinde, docked in the very heart of historic London. Easily accessible through many transport links, the spirit of adventure blows in from the wonderful views of the Thames. School groups can really get a sense that they are stepping back in time as they board our ship, with educators in period clothing transporting them back on to the high seas during Drake's famous voyage on a tour of the site. The more adventurous students can become the crew of The Golden Hinde on one our Living Histories where they will work, eat and sleep like the sailors of old in a unique museum environment.
What activities are available during group visits?
Key Stages 1 & 2
The Voyage of the Golden Hinde (1 hour) - KS1/2
Pirates (1 hour) - KS1/2
Elizabethan Life (1.5 hours) - KS2
Key Stages 3 & 4
Drake's Circumnavigation (1 hour)
The Spanish Armada (1 hour)
Daytime Living History: a 3 hour hands-on workshop involving period costumes and role play with exclusive use of the ship
Overnight Living History Programme: immersive sleepover experience reimagining the famous circumnavigation including dinner and breakfast
What size groups do you cater for?
Minimum booking for a tour is 15 students. Each tour can accommodate up to 40 in a group, we are able to run concurrent tours if your school has more than one class coming to visit. Group size varies for different programmes, please contact us to check.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Is there first aid on site?
We have staff trained in First Aid on the site.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
The ship is unsuitable for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility due to steep steps and there is restricted headroom on certain decks. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
We have team members who have experience working with special educational needs groups. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Posters (£1.50) and books (£2.50 - £7.00) are available to purchase at the ship, speak to staff. It is possible to book the gazebo for a 30 minute lunch break before or after your tour.
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