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Located along the Thames bankside near London Bridge, The Golden Hinde offers a variety of educational programmes for primary and secondary school students.

At The Golden Hinde, students will gain the opportunity to become immersed in the world of Elizabethan corsairs. Walking through each deck of the ship will allow pupils of all ages to experience the cramped, and often dangerous conditions of the sailors who lived on board.

Each educational workshop, from the one-hour standard tours to the overnight living history programmes, incorporates physical sensory experiences. Students will have the chance to handle weapons and navigational equipment, load cannons, and turn the capstan to raise the ship’s anchors. 

Tours and workshops aboard The Golden Hinde are tailored to the national curriculum for each key stage, targeting areas of learning that are specified for individual age groups. The learning facilitators that guide school tours and workshops are trained in lesson delivery, engaging students in discussion throughout the programme.

To contextualise the voyage around the globe, students will take part in an interactive retelling of the circumnavigation. At the end of each programme, students will review the material learned throughout their visit, and consider the implications of the voyage on the wider history of Tudor England, and its maritime ventures.

Teaching resources provided

The Golden Hinde provides pre- and post-visit resources to students of each key stage.

The interactive virtual circumnavigation map, provided to primary school teachers, is compatible with Powerpoint presentations and interactive whiteboard software. The presentation, designed and developed by The Golden Hinde, traces the voyage, highlighting relevant information at each stage of the journey.

Practical exercises, including creative writing worksheets and research packs, are also provided to schools that visit The Golden Hinde. The research packs draw upon the information delivered during the visit to reinforce the students’ learned knowledge. These resources allow the content and experience of the visit to be applied to other subjects, such as English.

A series of educational videos are available on public streaming platforms, including YouTube and Vimeo, to supplement learning. These videos provide insights into the history of Drake’s circumnavigation, as well as various tools and weapons used on board.

Inspiration for in-class arts and crafts activities can be found on The Golden Hinde’s YouTube channel. The website also has a collection of blog posts which go into more detail about specific topics to do with the Golden Hinde such as Tudor superstitions, ‘Meet the Crew’ (each post focusing on a different role), and updates on what is available for school groups.

Minimum and maximum group size

Standard tours: 15–30 students

Immersive programmes: 20–35 people, including adults

Details of risk assessment

The Golden Hinde supplies a detailed risk assessment to all visiting school groups. The Education Department can be contacted to arrange an in-person risk assessment by teachers.

The ship is not currently accessible for wheelchair users or visitors with mobility impairments. It is notable that there are low ceilings on board.


Don't miss our downloadable A-Z guide on completing a risk assessment

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Facilities on-site

There is a lunch area where students can relax and enjoy a packed lunch before/after their tour. There are also toilets on-site near the lunch area.

Opening times

April–October: 10:00–18:00 every day

November–March: 10:00–17:00 every day

Contact The Golden Hinde’s Education Department to check availability.



Standard one-hour educational tours: £7 per pupil

Day Living Histories: £30 per person

Overnight Living Histories: £45 per person

Travel arrangements

The Golden Hinde is located within walking distance from the London Bridge tube and train stations, and the London Bridge City stop via Thames Clipper.

The nearest loading bay for coaches is located on Tooley Street, which is also within walking distance from the ship.


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