Now open every weekend until Easter. See Admission and Events for more information on What's On

The Golden Hind at Brixham is a full sized replica of one of the most iconic ships from the age of exploration, being a feature of this picturesque harbour since 1964, and with a long history of screen appearances in Film, Television drama, Documentary and Children's Programmes. The Ship sailed between four continents over 1000 days. 

Sir Francis Drake : Sailor, Seaman, Politician and Engineer is best remembered as an explorer. In his most famous ship, The Golden Hind, he became the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe in an epic expedition of plunder and discovery over 400 years ago. Shakespeare was fthirteen when Drake embarked on his voyage. 

The hardship endured in overcrowded and primitive quarters was unbelievable. Only 56 men survived with Drake, returning three years and 30,000 miles later with a vast cargo of treasure (more than £600m in today's money). Queen Elizabeth's share alone was more than the countries national debt. 'El Draco' or 'The Dragon' became one of the most famous men in Western Europe and was feared and reviled by the Spanish.

Drake was duly knighted onboard in Deptford, London. Come aboard and explore the ship that was home to Drake and his crew of 80. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life aboard a Tudor ship. Feel the romance of the seas in the great age of sail. The Ship rises and falls with the tide up to four metres.

Step back in time...

See & feel the Captain's and Officers' cabins, how up to 60 crew slept below decks, the weapons, tools, cannons, artefacts from the age of discovery, the ropes hauled by the sailors, the creak of the timbers, the voices of the crew, treasure, pirates and so much more....

Are you related to one of the crew? Come aboard and see the crew list.

Have your own 'Pirate Party' Onboard. Click on Downloads tab for further details.


The ship and the Great Cabin are available for film, private and corporate hire. Please email or call for details. 


Get Onboard! A great combination of living history, learning and FUN!

Photograph by Chris Slack. 

Do you have any great photos of the Ship? We may be interested in using or publishing them. If you would like to, please email them to us. 

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