This full size “museum ship” replica of the original Golden Hind has been proudly moored in the beautiful harbour of Brixham since 1964. It has featured in numerous films, documentaries and television dramas and is a must to visit. Unfortunately nothing remains of the original ship, other than it is said a chair carved from it’s timbers which can be seen in The Great Hall, Buckland Abbey, Devon*.
Steeped in history, the Golden Hind was of course the famous explorer, Sir Francis Drake’s iconic ship in which he circumnavigated the globe in a truly memorable expedition of discovery between 1577 and 1580. He bought home Queen Elizabeth I a huge cargo of treasures with more riches than she could possibly imagine – her share alone was said to be worth in the region of £25million in today’s money!
Explore above and below the five decks and examine the hands-on exhibits which give a fabulous insight into the sailors lives in Tudor times. View the luxury of the Captain’s and Officer’s cabins and then go below decks to see the primitive quarters of the sailors. Discover the hardships they suffered due to contaminated food, poor sanitation, overcrowding and disease. Sadly only 56 of the 70 men aboard returned home after the epic three year voyage around the globe.
There are also great displays of weapons, tools, canons and artefacts from the Tudor age to see.
Be sure to check out their website before you go – it’s very educational and full of fun and interesting facts for the whole family!
Open daily during October – 10am – 4pm, longer in the summer months.
2014 Admission prices for self guided tours are:
- Adults £4.00 each
- Children £3.00 each
- Family ticket – 2+2 £12.00
Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.
There are several car parks located within a short walk from the ship.
A special date for your diary – The Brixham Pirate Festival 2015 is a three day event during the first May bank holiday – 2-4th May. It takes place throughout the town with the main stage being next to The Golden Hind. No tickets required, why not dress up and enjoy a swashbuckling weekend of fun and entertainment!!
* Buckland Abbey, Garden & Estate is of course the former home of Sir Francis Drake, now owned by the National Trust and a little over an hour away from Galmpton. This beautiful part museum, part-house is a must when you feel like travelling a little further afield.
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